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And the 2004 award for Most Ridiculous Audiophile Product goes to........

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by dynamic turtle, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. dynamic turtle

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    Yep DT

    There is such a market for such wacky audiophile devices such as “Cable Elevators” they have long since been on the market :

    http://www.amusicdirect.com/products/detail.asp?sku=AELEV

    A set of 8 for $160 USD. In this case Ceramic Elevators. The Ceramic elevators were sold in the UK by Nutwood music for £180 (nice mark up heh ?) and advertised in HFN quite often. You can buy a lot of Denby sugar cups for £100/180 FWIW.

    But yours take the biscuit @ $76 EACH All to do with the static charge from your carpet (and no I don’t believe). Some people buy these things though DT and hear angels sunging in their heads, power to them, but its when they start telling us what we should be hearing well then it ends in tears.
     
  3. dynamic turtle

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    :laugh:

    Yes, and they make rather nice sugar cups when not shielding your cable from carpet mites!

    I can also think of other uses for the Silence Cradle O-rings, but can't really suggest them on this particular forum :rotfl:

    DT
     
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    "A fool and his money are soon parted"
     
  5. dynamic turtle

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    Said the divorce lawyer to her client.....
     
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    DT,
    I'm worried. How did you find out about this product? Please tell me you didn't go looking.....?:D
     
  7. dynamic turtle

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    Just chanced upon it whilst surfing for a different type of O-ring!!!!
     
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    I must admit at this stage that I do have an anti-resonance shelf for one of my stereos and it's components and it does seem to help with improvement of sound.

    This doesn't include speaker cable stuff tho, that seems a little silly. Next you'll be able to buy custom farraday cages for your speakers cable to stop air-borne EMI :D

    Mind u, the theory does sound good, but it works on the premis that once the stray frequencies are on the cable, that they can generate a voltage to shoot thru to the speaker cone........ that, I doubt.

    CP
     
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    Make sure you buy some Siltech Emperor G6 cables to go with them - only $32,000 for a 10-foot length:

    http://www.fatwyre.com/speaker_b5_04.html

    Are these the most expensive available or am I digging around in the bargain basement?
     
  10. geeWcee

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    A case of the emperors new clothes me thinks. I love the bit in the spec which says that people have heard dramatic increases in clarity...yer right.
     
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    /me cancels order <whistles>
     
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    lol, that's nutz!!! :rotfl:

    Do people _really_ spend THAT much money on a 10ft length of cable ?!?!!? :eek:

    Surely this is at the 99.9% -> 100% (improvement), rather than the initial 90% which is typical consumer stuff.

    CfP
     
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    No - It's 99.9% Buls*#it and 0.1% improvement!!!
    Caleb
     
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    And don't forget your Cable Cookers™, people :smashin: Who would want to spend thousands on cables and then not spend a trifling $800 on a device to burn them all in ? I'll tell you who: mad people, that's who. I want a Cable Cooker in every room. And I want to be able to properly 'break in' my fridges mains cable to see if it'll make the silences 'blacker' when the door's closed. I'm sure it will.

    Mike.
     
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    "How long does it take to break-in cables?

    That is dependent upon the gauge of the conductors, the number of conductors, and the amount of dielectric material. Generally, for brand new cable, the suggested guidelines are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 days for interconnects... 2 to 3 1/2 days for speaker cables... and 3 to 4 days for power cabling. Of course, periodic listening tests are important to determine the optimal conditioning time for different designs, after doing what I call incremental periods of Cooking.

    For instance, if you Cook a new interconnect for 24 hours, listen, and then repeat the listening tests after every 6 to 8 hours on the Cooker, you will find the optimal time for that model. When you find little or no improvement from the previous listening test, the cable is probably fully conditioned."


    Ah, so if you don't notice any difference, it's because they were already fully cooked ! Now there's a getout clause, if ever I heard one :laugh: :laugh: :rotfl:
     
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    The cooker is disappointingly cheap - after spending $32,000 on a 10-foot cable you would want a much more expensive oven in which to melt it. Does anyone know of a cooker priced more commensurately with expensive cables?
     
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    What I love about it, is the fact it comes in standard AND Pro versions!

    I can just imagine the some of the threads on US forums:

    "I used the cable cooker to break in my leads, and the difference was astonishing"

    "dude, the standard version sucks, it only pumps-out 200 amps, you should get the Pro version instead. I did a comparison of the two, and the Pro version made my cables sound sweeter"


    I have not the words......
     
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    I think these people should connect this gizmo to their ear lobes - it would probably be more productive :laugh:
     
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    Their description kicks off well though with a tried-and-tested method of getting money out of people with more money than sense:

    "Although it is not yet fully understood scientifically, the phenomenon of "[insert buzzword here]" has been experienced by many audiophiles"

    :D Reminds me of the amusing misinformation passed off as the real thing in shows like Brass Eye.

     
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    i personally can recommend skyhooks attached with a long weight (i have a couple for sale if anyone interested) :smashin:
     
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    Ahh, but the B/S factor is very important when you are selling interconnects. Many people prefer "oxygen free" to "b/s free" :laugh:
     
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    Did you notice if they were having a new year sale?

    I think these cables could sort out the sound problems with my Bush amplifier and the Amstrad speakers
     

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