I've been in a few cable debates on another forum, mentioning something that not everyone agrees on. Surprise surprise.
Getting the 0's and 1's to the other end is one part of the story, and many things can be measured at both ends. But what about those aspects of sound that can't be measured?
My point in the other threads was that many people said you can measure everything to show a difference, but my point was that if one product measured 0.001% distortion and another was 0.002% distortion, people aren't going to hear the difference. So if a measured difference can't be heard, does it not follow that certai non measurable difference can be heard?
Actually, with a digital signal, getting the 1s and 0s from one end of the cable to the other is the only story in town. There is nothing else being attempted and nothing else that matters. What happens at either end, from the equipment sending and the equipment receiving is another matter but if the HDMI protocol is followed as per it's specification, then there are no esoteric quirks, this is digital and anything else is a blatant attempt to inject speculation and doubt into the minds of non-technical consumers who might be taken in by it. Doing so sells high margin product, makes people "feel good" about their expensive purchase, but has absolutely zero effect whatsoever on whether there are other "factors" in digital transmission other than the actual transmission of noughts and ones. There aren't.