New RCA cables: changed perception of music

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by AudioLoup, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. AudioLoup

    AudioLoup Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Netherlands
    Hi all,

    Don't know if this has been discussed before, but I could not find anything on the matter and I am quite intrigued.

    I just installed new pair of rca cables (Atlas Element Integra), linking CD player to amp. Now I know it will takes a while for the real magic to happen and indeed they probably need a few days burn-in time. Everything still sounds a bit bright, especially the higher registers. No worries there though.

    But, one thing I noticed immediately, is that each song I play seems to go slower than I am used to. I have had this effect this before with new equipment or new albums, bet not as definite a I hear it now.

    Anyone with similar experiences on switching rca's or an explanation for this change in the perception of songs? Cheers!
  2. stricee

    stricee Forum Resident

    sorry never heard of such a thing....cables will not make your music slower
  3. AudioLoup

    AudioLoup Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Netherlands
    Surely, you are right. But still, it sounds (/feels?) slower.
  4. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ
    It could be your anticipation. Higher levels of adrenaline.
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  5. triple

    triple Forum Resident

    Zagreb, Croatia
    Like you said, it will take a few days. Discussing change in sound during burn in is a sign of someone having plenty of time on their hands.
  6. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Did you sniff the package they came in? :D
  7. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    They're not up to speed yet...
  8. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Residue

    Buffalo, NY
    How long are they?

  9. AudioLoup

    AudioLoup Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Netherlands
    Hm, as far as I know I'm not high on adrenaline, cardboard packaging, or any other stuff for that matter.

    But yes, I do have a lot of time on my hands. Vacation time (to me) is sitting on my couch while listening music and making a fuss about this kind of minute details. :D
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  10. missan

    missan Forum Resident

    I have heard about this phenomena, but I won´t say where.
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  11. Jerryb

    Jerryb Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    I tried out some cables a few months ago that added new verses to some songs.
  12. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    south florida, usa
    Typical 'new RCA cable slow down music' syndrome.
  13. juno6000

    juno6000 Forum Resident

    Pembroke Pines, FL
    Put the old ones back in and see if it is back to regular speed. Then put the new ones back in. Or just switch out one and see if it gets psychedelic.
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  14. bradleyc

    bradleyc Forum Resident

    Should have purchased faster cables :)
  15. Ron Scubadiver

    Ron Scubadiver Forum Resident

    Houston TX
  16. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born in the '50's

    Did you switch from silver to copper? Silver cables are faster.

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    Gold is the fastest, especially Olympic gold.
  18. Thorensman

    Thorensman Forum Resident

    Watch out . Some cables are reactive and cause instability. May explain this.
    New to me though
  19. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    Now that would be interesting. Try it and see if one channel finishes the song before the other.
  20. Michael Sutter

    Michael Sutter Forum Resident

    Holbrook, NY
    That would be something... I have noticed sometimes that music sounds "faster" at night than it does in the morning, maybe that could be the thing? I have to imagine this is entirely based on your perception and not a technological factor.
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  21. irender

    irender Forum Resident

    Try switching ends and listen to Stairway To heaven and Revolution 9 backwards.
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  22. Stefan Sigurdsson

    Stefan Sigurdsson Forum Resident

    I heard Atlas uses sloth fur in their manufacturing process of Element Integra
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  23. vconsumer

    vconsumer Forum Resident

    Cables can definitely affect the sense of PRAT (pace, rhythm, and timing). Perhaps that's what the OP means by "slower."
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  24. wownflutter

    wownflutter Nocturnal Member

    I can think of a lot joke comments to reply to this thread. But I think the OP is asking an honest question.
    Now, if the music had blacker backgrounds or the transients seem to start and stop with less overhang, wouldn't this give the impression of a bit slower or faster tempo?
    I know there are many people on here with much more experience in various upgrades, surely others have some logical explanations.
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  25. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Test using a 1950s mono cut album, with the old cable on the left channel and the new cable on the right channel.

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