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on 17 June 2014
I thought I'd pay a bit extra to get a shielded cable. Not that I'd ever had any problems with interference before, mind you, but I had a very specific use for it in mind, where it would have to pass by some possible sources of electromagnetic interference, and so I thought the task might require a bit of shielding.
How surprised I was when this is the only audio cable I've ever used that actually managed to pick up significant and annoying interference.
Edit May 2015: It has been roughly a year since my original review, and though it didn't work as intended where intended when I originally bought it, I have used it in different configurations later, and it has been fine. In the original setup, I compared with other cables, and found this one to be the only one causing problems, and later, it has behaved very much like any other cable.
As I cannot say 100% for sure whether it's this particular cable's shielding that was the problem, whether there were earthing issues that only this cable picked up (usually that manifests itself in slightly different ways, however), or any other events taking place causing unique conditions, up to and including acts of God, I've increased my rating a bit. If anything, it doesn't seem to do a better job than a much cheaper cable that isn't meant to be shielded.
It is, however, definitely more robustly built than most audio cables I have used, and feels more durable, and so I guess it will serve its purpose well as a solid audio cable that may or may not work better against electromagnetic interference than others. As I really can't be bothered making a scientific test of this, perhaps I'll never know for sure.