June 2008

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P.T. Barnum Redux

Posted by Office-Bob on 15 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: General Craziness

While I don’t think anyone (anyone halfway intelligent, that is) will argue with Barnum’s adage about a sucker being born every minute, sometimes it would seem that a good majority of them are created by the inbreeding of audiophiles.

It’s been known for some time that if you want to separate a fool from their money you can usually do it by selling Monster Cable products, but apparently Denon has decided there are enough fools to go around and is offering what, at first glance, would appear to be a glorified Ethernet cable.

Once you’ve picked your jaw up from the floor because you saw the price of this cable (which works out to around $8.50 per inch), I urge you to read the customer reviews and their associated comments (I’ve never bothered reading comments on Amazon reviews before, but I’m glad I did for these) for gems such as this:

A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the “directional markings” on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish adjusting my turntable; I know people scoff at the idea of weighting the tonearm but I find I can really tell the difference when I listen to Kenny G.

Now, where did I put that box of kittens?

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