That is very correct. However, if you ask me: "Are you regretting that you bought an expensive silver cable?" My answer: "Hell no. I love every bit about the cable. I want to take the cable out and put it around my neck like necklace... Wax it some more. " But I do regret that I got the 3.5mm mini-to-mini end. I should have gotten the 3.5mm mini-to-RCA, or RCA-to-RCA for future proof. Nice setup. You've got a $22,400 front channel speakers. That's not bad. Not to mention, your high-end preamp & amp. Too bad though your sound is limited due to the weak link in the chain (blue jean cables). Even though you think you are getting good sound, is still hampered by the cable when it would have put you into whole another league. Hey, that's okay. If you are happy, stay with it. I wouldn't. No, they do have different sound. The weak link in the chain in this case is the listener. Not everyone has good or properly working ears.. Also, my recommendation to you is that try to steer away from multiple connections. The higher number of cable connections between your equipment the more data loss will result, meaning less sound. Direct connection is the best using Active speakers instead of Passive.