Paaf wrote:Do you believe in damping material under your network switch? Do you believe in lifting your speaker cable up from the floor?
I didn't... until now. *shocked*
My two cents regarding these two things you mention:
• Damping things that are connected to your system - or things that are in your listening room - does have an effect on the musical qualities. In general damping should be applied with a minimalistic attitude (rather too little or none than too much), as it's easily overdone. Too much damping results in an analytical, stiff and lifeless sound. Among so called "audiophiles", killing musicality by overdamping is a popular hobby.
• I've tried raising loudspeaker cables from the floor with various accessories a couple of times. It's been small tripods, wooden pieces, bridge-like constructions etc. Each time I've felt that it's been interesting soundwise but musically worse. I have found it most musical when the cables are lying at rest, supported by the floor and neither bent, nor squeezed, nor suspended.