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Audiophile Snake Oil Still Thrives
You all know the product category that I'm talking about. Audiophiles are dedicated to their tweaks and fine tuning in the search for the "absolute sound" as Harry Pearson put it so eloquently all those years ago, but there are lot of snake oil salesman out there trying to convince you that purchasing their magic elixir [for $60 a bottle] will result in "a significant increase in soundstage size, seemingly unlimited dynamics, and a much smoother tonality" [a real quote from a customer after placing his CD player on a rubber mat]. Does the customer know that the dynamics of a CD, any compact disc, are limited by the number of bits used to encode the analog at the conversion stage of the machine?

This snake oil mentality has always been a part of our passion and will undoubtedly continue to be so but I'm continually surprised that many of the major audiophile publications [magazine and online articles/blogs] still include pieces on these dubious products...sometimes with strong endorsements.

One of my favorite stories happened during the CES a few years ago. Ben Piazza [who just happens to be my next door neighbor] and his Shakti Innovations Hallograph Soundfield Optimizer [at a cost of $999] were holding demonstrations in one of the rooms at the Alexis Park. Of course, I wanted to hear what had been described to me as "amazing". I took one of my HD-Audio recordings, sat in the sweet spot as he played back the opening track of Laurence Juber's Demmy award winning track "Mosaic" without the "Hallograph Soundfield Optimizers". After a listening to this amazing track for about 2 minutes, he elevated what looked like some nicely built wooden "squiggles" on a stand in front of each speaker. The same track was played again and contrary to what has been described as "completely obvious", I noticed not a single bit of difference. Nothing. The sound was identical between the before and after. Ben was surprised and puzzled. Perhaps my recordings already sound amazing and therefore the room for improvement by his devices was marginalized. I don't know…

Another product that gets some play are the various disc cleaners that can be applied to you optical media and magically enhance the quality of the sound produced by your playback system. A good friend of mine insisted that I check out his product. He sent me a complete set of what would have normally cost $50. It contained a black magic marker, a bottle of the enhancement gel and some lint free cloths to clean off the opaque buildup on the disc to which it was applied. I promised I would do a careful A-B listening test in my room, which I did. Again, nothing audible changed. I guess getting the bits of data from the DVD that comprise the encoded digital music to the convertor [the equivalent of being able to tell if the lights are on or off] was happening just fine on my discs and didn't need any of the purported enhancement. The commentator on one of the audiophile sites stated, "I tried it and I was amazed at how the sound quality improved dramatically. I strongly recommend that you give this tweak a try if you want to enhance the sound quality of your discs." He must be getting a piece of the profits [which I can image are quite high for a simple solution and a few cloths].

So whether it's magic stones, cables elevators, special rubber mats, green magic markers, cleaners, optical impedance removers or the "demagnetizer" for CDs [which are based on magnetics at all], I urge all audiophiles and music lovers to save your money. The most cost effective way to enhance the quality of your playback system is to invest in REAL HD-Audio products and play them back in surround sound.

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