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Snake Oil Product of the Year Awards

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 13:20
by mrw00ds
My first nomination for 2010...

http://www.shunmook.com/text1.htm

Any other suggestions for expensive nonsense products?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 13:33
by NickT
I just had to check my calendar to make sure it's not April 1st yet. Who thinks up this cr@p? File alongside pyramid power, the Loch Ness monster, Yetis etc... :lol:

Did you know your fuses are mucking up your hi-fi? Nope, neither did I until I read this...

http://www.russandrews.com/product-13A- ... d-1019.htm

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 14:41
by Guest
Almost everybody would be better off putting the money toward a better phono stage.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 17:46
by pivot
These tweak guys already listed are pikers. They give you an actual physical product for your money.

Have a look at this:

http://www.machinadynamica.com/machina60.htm

Read carefully - I had to read twice to grip what was being offered. My jaw dropped.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 18:38
by Steerpike_jhb
NickT wrote:Did you know your fuses are mucking up your hi-fi? Nope, neither did I until I read this...
http://www.russandrews.com/product-13A- ... d-1019.htm
I put one of these Russ Andrews specification 13A mains cable fuses™ in my Teasmade™ ! Ohh... I could even sense the breath of the Chaiwallah.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 18:45
by bauzace50
HI,
well, I am currently working on a prototype of a TWikER-H2. The main obstacle so far is resolution. It is so far succesful with images of corduroy fabric, showing the grain. It resisted finer resolution, but a picture of a pear shows its liquidly sweet grainy character.
When it is perfected, an offer will be placed for consideration.
Regards,
b50

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 20:15
by aardvarkash10
NickT wrote:I just had to check my calendar to make sure it's not April 1st yet. Who thinks up this cr@p? File alongside pyramid power, the Loch Ness monster, Yetis etc... :lol:

Did you know your fuses are mucking up your hi-fi? Nope, neither did I until I read this...

http://www.russandrews.com/product-13A- ... d-1019.htm
LMFAO!!
"Fitted them at the weekend and can't believe the difference! Its almost as if I've upgraded the whole power cables once again. The detail is a lot clearer and there is more punch to the bass, despite only listening at low volumes.

Spent last night just playing old cds just to hear the difference!"

Mr N Sheepwash, Kent
No comment from Mr A Bullshit from Cheddar Gorge then?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 20:26
by EdAInWestOC
NickT wrote:I just had to check my calendar to make sure it's not April 1st yet. Who thinks up this cr@p? File alongside pyramid power, the Loch Ness monster, Yetis etc... :lol:

Did you know your fuses are mucking up your hi-fi? Nope, neither did I until I read this...

http://www.russandrews.com/product-13A- ... d-1019.htm
If you remove all of the fuses from your rig it will be dead quiet. No charge for the advice...

Ed

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 20:58
by Blue Angel
EdAInWestOC wrote:
NickT wrote:I just had to check my calendar to make sure it's not April 1st yet. Who thinks up this cr@p? File alongside pyramid power, the Loch Ness monster, Yetis etc... :lol:

Did you know your fuses are mucking up your hi-fi? Nope, neither did I until I read this...

http://www.russandrews.com/product-13A- ... d-1019.htm
If you remove all of the fuses from your rig it will be dead quiet. No charge for the advice...

Ed
:lol: So how much is your fuse puller Ed? I think I'll splash out on a couple.

ba

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 21:05
by henkuk
pivot wrote:These tweak guys already listed are pikers. They give you an actual physical product for your money.

Have a look at this:

http://www.machinadynamica.com/machina60.htm

Read carefully - I had to read twice to grip what was being offered. My jaw dropped.
I think we should all club together and just buy one, just for a laugh....
We could a listening session here in the UK and one in the US and share our findings. I think some beer should be lined up for the evening.....

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 21:30
by Bebé Tonto
lanny wrote:Almost everybody would be better off putting the money toward a better cartridge or speakers.
Fixed that for you.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 21:38
by Guest
I nominate anything by Russ Andrews...the guy who insists that even a solid core cable will be directional and have greater resolution and dynamics when used in one direction over another....then adds several "noughts" to the price tag once he's worked out one end of a cable from the other for us.....Oh, and where would we be without his magic mains cables?

How about this piece of journalism as a helpful hint as to what mainstream hifi has fast become in recent years?

http://www.techradar.com/news/audio/hom ... try-162930

or howzabout this one?

http://www.techradar.com/news/audio/hom ... try-162930


or this one:

http://www.audiodestination.co.uk/index ... ts_id=1518

or this one:

http://www.lessloss.com/blackbody-p-200.html

But my personal favourite, tongue in cheek product range has to be here:

http://www.nathanmarciniak.com/elemental/

In fact, there's so many out there, its fact that many reviewers are actually insane ( a recent test by Whiskas Cat food claims that 9 out of 10 hfi journos are, in fact, quite insane.....so said their chief spokesanimal, Tabitha). Fact is, its we the gullable hifi enthusiast who must be buying this junk otherwise it wouldn't be sold.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 21:39
by Guest
Soz folks...posted the same damn review twice.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 22:00
by Bebé Tonto
Bigears wrote:But my personal favourite, tongue in cheek product range has to be here:

http://www.nathanmarciniak.com/elemental/
Yes, that one is great. Very very funny.

"This inert, unconnected vacuum tube does things you can only imagine!!"

HAHAHA... That's comedy gold.

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 01:39
by fscl
Art Dudley in this months Stereophile commented on THESE VERY isolators in his possession.

He writes about a bunch of snake oil products and mentions:

Quantum's QX4 Electro Magnetic Field Stabilizers... :shock: :shock:

and that they work :shock: :shock: when tested on his wife.

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue42/qrt.htm

Fred and what the heck? #-o