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    The £228 SATA cable

    Anyone interested in buying one to see if the claims are true?

    Audiophiles have long claimed that expensive cables constructed from oxygen-free copper, gold or even more esoteric materials can have a serious impact on sound quality - but now a Korean company is making the same claims for SATA data cables.

    Korean company WireDream has announced the release of its WD-SATA-INDRA cables, now available for sale in Japan via local company Zionote. The key feature of the WireDream cables is its use of wires made from 97 per cent sterling silver and 3 per cent pure gold.

    WireDream goes beyond mere materials, however: the cables are constructed using a high-temperature treatment for several hours followed by low-temperature processing for a hundred hours, before being 'aged' so the cables are 'broken in' by the time they are shipped. The result: 100 per cent ability to make some truly questionable claims.

    The SATA cables are designed, as all SATA cables are, to sit between a storage device and the motherboard of a PC in order to transfer a digital signal. This signal, containing the zeros and ones which make up the stored data, either gets to its destination intact or it doesn't. WireDream claims, however, that use of its SATA cables results in a detectable improvement to audio quality.

    We'll repeat that again: switching SATA cables to WireDream's silver-and-gold model is claimed to boost audio quality. According to importer Zionote: 'While every effort has been made with various field tests, we decided to sell [the cables] because the effect of improving the sound quality was observed. Sound quality will become like smooth analogue sound, while a sense of stage depth is widened. The sound of vocals and stringed instruments in particular should be easy to understand.'

    Neither WireDream nor Zionote are willing to provide an indication of how the cable affects the quality of digital audio files transferred between the storage device and the host PC. The companies are also silent on whether the cable works for other file types: are images given a deeper colour gamut, games more weapons or databases more detail?

    Zionote has confirmed it will be selling the cables for ¥24,800 (around £190 excluding taxes) in 40cm length, with 50cm and 60cm versions made to order. If you're interested, OlioSpec has the cables available for mail order - and we have a bridge in Brooklyn in which you may be interested... (Source)

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    I think @Dos_Box should take a shuftie in the EduGeek coffers **read get out his credit card** and get one for testing....

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    Sata cable that improves sound quality?

    Ben

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    Hmm I can't see how this can be better than optical cable.

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    Some people have more money than sense. In this case the ratio would seem ... infinite.

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    The data transfer is irrelevant really. It's the bit rate of the track, the processing of the sound card, output via optical cable, then into an amplifier and out some quality speakers.

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    An early 1.4 maybe

    Si

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    Lol. Anyone who buys these deserves a slap round the head. SATA is a standard for a reason - all the parts within it are 'standard'... What a load of balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    The data transfer is irrelevant really. It's the bit rate of the track, the processing of the sound card, output via optical cable, then into an amplifier and out some quality speakers.
    No, no, no, no, no ... it is all about the purity of the metals. All the silver and gold means that miniature angels are attracted to live in the cable and it sounds so much better because there is a celestial choir backing whatever you are listening too.

    I am sure that The Dead & Buried will sound even more amazing when listened on a computer with this cable connecting to the drive ... the sound of a seraphim symphony helping to mangle that metal makes my ears melt.

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    wow I bet Monster are kicking themselves for not thinking this one up! As Tony said it's a standard, same as HDMI cables

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    I think @Dos_Box should take a shuftie in the EduGeek coffers **read get out his credit card** and get one for testing....
    In one word.

    No.

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    Nice one.

    Time to re-post this gem:

    Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables? - The Consumerist

    In summary:
    Seven different songs were played, each time heard with the speaker hooked up to Monster Cables, and the other time, hooked up to coat hanger wire. Nobody could determine which was the Monster Cable and which was the coat hanger. The kicker? None of the subjects even knew that coat hangers were going to be used.

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    It's natural selection at it's finest. I firmly support companies like this leeching money of rich idiots in order to boost our fragile economy.

    The more complete nut jobs that waste their riches on cables like this the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    In one word.

    No.
    But Edugeek would glow with a certain shine that you can only get by having the files accessed over these sata cables

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcath View Post
    But Edugeek would glow with a certain shine that you can only get by having the files accessed over these sata cables
    You might be right. The binary 'ones' would be oneier, the 'naughts' would be naughtier. As a result, the data would be richer - it stands to reason. Can you afford not to?

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