The craziest audiophile devices ever

Crystals that absorb interference. Air equalizers and sound field optimizers. And even a quantum organizer, which affects the polarity of elementary particles in a magnetic field, so that they better agree with each other – there is an audience for all this, ready to spend impressive sums to improve the sound of an audio system. This article is about the most insane devices from the world of audiophilia.

Snake oil is a popular medicine in Chinese traditional medicine. From the East, it migrated to the West and in the 19th century it began to be advertised in the United States as a panacea for all diseases. Many tinctures and potions instead of snake fat contained useless or even harmful ingredients. As a result, the phraseological unit “snake oil” acquired the same meaning as “fuflomycin” in our country. From medicine, the term migrated to audio technology, where it began to denote pseudoscientific technologies – those that are designed to improve sound with the help of mystical, little-studied or not yet discovered laws of the Universe.

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Crystals that absorb interference. Air equalizers and sound field optimizers. And even a quantum organizer, which affects the polarity of elementary particles in a magnetic field, so that they better agree with each other – there is an audience for all this, ready to spend impressive sums to improve the sound of an audio system. This article is about the most insane devices from the world of audiophilia.

Snake oil is a popular medicine in Chinese traditional medicine. From the East, it migrated to the West and in the 19th century it began to be advertised in the United States as a panacea for all diseases. Many tinctures and potions instead of snake fat contained useless or even harmful ingredients. As a result, the phraseological unit “snake oil” acquired the same meaning as “fuflomycin” in our country. From medicine, the term migrated to audio technology, where it began to denote pseudoscientific technologies – those that are designed to improve sound with the help of mystical, little-studied or not yet discovered laws of the Universe.

The reason for the popularity of snake oil in audio technology is simple: the sound quality is not determined by any scientific categories, but is assessed by the concept of “like” or “dislike”. An ordinary listener without appropriate training cannot always determine what exactly has changed in the sound of a home audio system after replacing a wire for $ 50 with a wire for $ 5,000. Any changes can really take place, however, for the better or for the worse? The placebo effect answers this question: the joy of buying is superimposed on the perception of sound, and the brain unambiguously interprets the changes as good.

The very philosophy of audiophilia as a hobby also influences. Sometimes it comes down not to listening to your favorite music, but to an endless upgrade of the audio system. When the ideal amplifier, speakers and sound source have already been found, the focus is on spare parts – wires, tubes, speaker stands, etc. When they have become ideal, the need for an upgrade makes audio enthusiasts pay attention to magic crystals and mystical resonators