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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by GW43, Mar 9, 2005.

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  1. GW43

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    I've come to the conclusion that the most significant improvement in sound quality does not come from new equipment, but from bigger ears!

    Without resorting to cosmetic surgery (not for the squeamish), or genetically selecting for bigger ears (takes generations) there has to be some sort of equipment to enhance ones auditory experience.

    I've found the following solution to work a treat:
    Sit in your usual listening position - with your favourite music playing.
    Cup your hands behind your ears.
    Be staggered by the increase in volume, dynamics and range.

    Now, there are some downsides to this. You look a right berk! It's also difficult to do other things at the same time - eat a sandwich, read a book, whatever... More significantly, she who must be obeyed will probably be having a snigger, and it's totally impossible in mixed company due to social pariah status (if not already achieved through being obsessive about hifi) being granted.

    So, to overcome some of this, I've designed the "Audio-boost" (and before any of you scallywags think of copying this design I ought to point out it is the subject of a patent application). This involves cutting a 6 inch diameter plastic bowl in half, and attaching each half to an alice-band, and placing this on the head, with the half-bowls behind each ear.

    Result - increased musical enjoyment, and your hands are free to do all those other things you do whilst listening to music.

    Has to be better than spending vast sums on the latest miracle interconnect.

    I'm taking orders for these, be the first in your street with Audio-Boost!
     
  2. thelordmagus

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    you'll hear changes in the sound/pitch... it's not exactly the doppler effect, but the sound stage changes. I tried this when I was kid (no offence meant), thought it was fun...

    edit: forgot to say that this is the funniest topic ever on this forum. Thanks for making my day :)
     
  3. Tejstar

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    Where do I get one, how much do they cost????

    ;)
     
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    Any photo's please!! :devil:

    eatstatic
     
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    Won't this block out the sound from the surround speakers ? ;)
     
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    Some company used to manufacture paper 'cup' things to wear over yer lugs and they probably did work as the cupping hands technique is great !

    IIRC, the UK Hi-Fi press did review these things and gave them a thumbs up.

    Mike.
     
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    I find rubbing snake-oil on my hands provides much better acoustics. Detail is preserved in all it's true glory, not like those other cheaper products :D
     
  8. PaulBoy

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    What about one of these pet "e-collars" over each ear - that would leave your hands completely free :devil:
    ecollar.jpg
     
  9. chedmaster

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    Are there plans to makes these in more sonically acceptable materials and/or aesthetically pleasing materials (e.g. wood venir, solid oak)?
     
  10. kingsize

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    Dont forget that your head should be properly 'grounded'.

    I suggest some copper cabling from either earlobe to the nearest radiator.
     
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    I have done this quite a few times, mainly when i'm convinced i''m going deaf in one ear.. and my GF does look at me odd. Downsides besides looking a prat are that you get arm ache, and it stops the surround effects aswell.

    The biggest problem i have with it is when you take your hands away, your hifi just sounds crap for awhile till your ears re-acustom!
     
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    :laugh: Ive just caught my hubby doing this on the sofa...........
    he looked like a right muppet :clown:
    lmao
     
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    Can I order mine in Red ???
     
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    I want one :smashin:

    But I'll only go to £300.

    Any more than that is a bloody rip-off.
     
  16. GW43

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    Who are you - Van Gogh?
     
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    SWMBO
    Welcome. You don't know my wife (who also happens to be SWMBO :rotfl: )?
     
  18. Fat Tony

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    :rotfl:
    I just tried this and it works fab. Even better with a few drops directly in each earhole ...
     
  19. Supra

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    That has to be the funniest thread i hae read in ages :D :D
     
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    I bet it makes a lot more difference than say, changing your cables.
     
  22. Dankeech

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    Uh Oh, a prefctly good can of worms in the cupboard for display and along comes someone with a tin opener ...:D
     
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    Would adding hair extensions over the "units" perhaps hide their geekishness?, and if so, would this adversely affect the sound quality? Could I suggest that for quieter spells of music, they be adjustable, possibly by remote control, so they go a bit bigger? (I make no charge for this suggestion)

    Are they safe to use outside at say a concert?.................could a gust of wind cause injury (and how would the wind affect the sound quality)

    So many questions


    PS Will you be licensing these to Sky and if so, when are they installing?
     
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