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Most Insane Tweaks Thread

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Doug_H, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Doug_H

    Doug_H Well-Known Member

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    Another thread I was involved in brought up the freezing you cables and running your wire through a sandbox tweak. I have heard a number of other odd tweaks that may or may not make a difference.

    What are the oddest tweaks you have heard of in someones system?
     
  2. Alf S

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    Haha!

    Sounds like you had an encounter with Richard Patrick, or Thread Killer King, or whatever new name he has these days.

    He is the KING of freezing EVERYTHING in his system..plus DVD's CD's.

    I guess another silly sounding tweak is raising your speaker wire off the floor with pricy (at times) devices to make for a "better soundstage" etc...

    [​IMG]
     
  3. John Garcia

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    Best one recently was the little postage stamp thingy that you put on your CD/DVD player while playing a CD you want to improve and it will permanently "improve" that particular CD.
     
  4. Chu Gai

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    My god, there is so much foolishness out there, it's hard to know where to begin.

    Mpingo discs
    Shakti Stones
    The Bedini Clarifier
    Various beads that you put on your electronics
    Marking the edge of CD's with a green pen
    Using a special pen and writing positive things on some kind of paper and sticking it to your equipment
    Orienting your equipment to take advantage of positive energy flows a la feng shui
    Power cords
    Treating your CD's or DVD's with special liquids although cleaning them isn't such a bad idea
    Putting 'Beaks' on your speakers (thank Totem for this)
    Room tuning with blocks of wood (a few jerks are selling this)
    Placing bags of sand or other heavy objects on your equipment or speakers
    Special outlets
    Demagnetizing devices for CD's (Furetech)
    Gold plated fuses
    Audiophile (audiophool?) capacitors, resistors
    Demagnetizing CD's
    Demagnetizing vinyl
    Break in discs
    Break in for that matter
    Ultra pure copper
    Shining light on cables and interconnects
    Virtually all isolation devices that go under equipment
    Heavy gauge romex
    Replacing the plates on the backs of speakers with special wiring
    Things like Eichmann Bullet Plugs
    A lot of products from PSAudio

    I'm sure I've missed a few hundred.
     
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    No Chu I think you hit on most of them.

    I totally forgot about the classic $25 gold fuses!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Leo Kerr

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    Oh, when was that thread.. somebody's ultra-high-end amplifier where there was an aftermarket mod for, what, $2500 wooden knobs?

    Leo
     
  7. tommy_E

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    go to audiotweaks.com..450 of em...

    coins on speakers....ridicouls...oh sorry Singapore Coins*..

    wtf?? lol
     
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    Well, don't forget the old coin on the turntable arm on top of the needle.
     
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    Hey, that used to work.

    Wasn't too good for the record, though.
     
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    Green!?!?! Rats! Anyone know how to get blue ink off of CD's?[​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, that wasn't a tweak! That was to compensate for lack of tension on the tone arm. On some records your tone arm would skip grooves. Putting a coin (or something similar) on it added enough downward force to keep it where it should be!

    *Note, this only worked with pre '64 silver coins and it helped if you rubbed them with olive oil and rubbing alcohol first. [​IMG]
     
  12. Doug_H

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    Damn, I didn't know the olive oil was for the coin, now I feel a damn fool [​IMG]
     
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    Richard Patrick the "Tweak Freak" shows off his latest and greatest insane "tweak"



    and the saga continues.......
     
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    Surely this is going to get him in trouble with the FCC as his neighbourhood's biggest source of RFI, even if he does "damp" them with a substance which lacks measurable electromagnetic properties.
     
  15. Doug_H

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    I didn't see any prices but I am assuming they are very expensive.
     
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    just go back over them with a yellow marker! did we learn nothing from ziploc advertising, people??!!

    kevin t
     
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    Also.....

    "cooking" the cables

    puting the amp/integrated/receiver on the top of the rack lowers THD

    spraying interconnects, laser thingys, optical cables ends, etc with compressed nitrogen gas before connecting them

    attaching lead weights to the back of the speaker

    mounting a glass prism upside-down above the listening position
     
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    Oh yeah! Blue + Yellow = Green! Woo-hoo, I'm stylin' now! [​IMG]
     
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    Here's more crapolla spewed from the mouth of the Tweaker Freak (you know who you are [​IMG])

    His newest weapon of choice?? TEFLON TAPE!!

     
  20. Leo Kerr

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    wait a minute...



    What was this from? Although it may give some vertical dispersion of the sound-stage...

    Leo
     

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