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#1 of 63 Doug_H

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Posted April 15 2005 - 08:04 AM

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?
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#2 of 63 Alf S

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Posted April 15 2005 - 08:23 AM

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...

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#3 of 63 John Garcia

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Posted April 15 2005 - 10:05 AM

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.
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#4 of 63 Chu Gai

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Posted April 15 2005 - 10:57 AM

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.

#5 of 63 Alf S

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Posted April 15 2005 - 02:05 PM

No Chu I think you hit on most of them.

I totally forgot about the classic $25 gold fuses!

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#6 of 63 Leo Kerr

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Posted April 16 2005 - 12:31 AM

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

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Posted April 16 2005 - 05:38 AM

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

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

wtf?? lol

#8 of 63 Jerome Grate

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Posted April 16 2005 - 05:52 AM

Well, don't forget the old coin on the turntable arm on top of the needle.
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Posted April 16 2005 - 06:49 AM

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

Wasn't too good for the record, though.

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Posted April 17 2005 - 09:28 AM

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Marking the edge of CD's with a green pen


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Posted April 19 2005 - 04:42 AM

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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.


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. Posted Image

#12 of 63 Doug_H

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Posted April 19 2005 - 06:16 AM

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it helped if you rubbed them with olive oil

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#13 of 63 Alf S

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Posted April 27 2005 - 02:49 PM

Richard Patrick the "Tweak Freak" shows off his latest and greatest insane "tweak"

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Here's a really good tweak!...first turn your circuit breaker off going to the AC outlet. Next take the outlet out from the wall and put some silicone rubber sealant on the back side of the outlet..there's a metal strip going down the outlet, put some silicone all the way down this metal strip. You don't have to remove the wires from the outlet to do this tweak. I'm now hearing new things in the music that was covered up before and the soundstage is bigger and the bass is deeper and tighter..


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Update on this tweak......I put some teflon tape over the silicone and then put some electrical tape over that. I also found out its better to leave the wall plate off the outlet...it sounds better this way.....


even better still....

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You can lower the (noise floor) even more by using one of these .... http://www.audio-rep..._eng/plate.html


wait! he's not quite done tweakin my friends!!

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I dampen my 15 GA. air core inductors from Jantzen Audio with teflon tape, I covered the whole inductor. I have my crossover network outside of my speakers. This really works too....the sound is more 3-dimensional and the midrange is better too.


and the saga continues.......
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#14 of 63 ChristopherDAC

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Posted April 27 2005 - 03:54 PM

I have my crossover network outside of my speakers.

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 of 63 Doug_H

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Posted April 28 2005 - 12:31 AM

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You can lower the (noise floor) even more by using one of these .... http://www.audio-rep..._eng/plate.html

Reading about these covers is one of the best ones yet with phrases like.
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There are special alloy corpuscles inside of the body, which will react to every floating noise to conduct and regulate them perfectly.

I didn't see any prices but I am assuming they are very expensive.
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#16 of 63 Kevin T

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Posted April 28 2005 - 10:36 AM

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Green!?!?! Rats! Anyone know how to get blue ink off of CD's?


just go back over them with a yellow marker! did we learn nothing from ziploc advertising, people??!!

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#17 of 63 Garrett Lundy

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Posted April 28 2005 - 11:23 AM

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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Posted April 28 2005 - 01:27 PM

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just go back over them with a yellow marker! did we learn nothing from ziploc advertising, people??!!


Oh yeah! Blue + Yellow = Green! Woo-hoo, I'm stylin' now! Posted Image
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#19 of 63 Alf S

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Posted May 01 2005 - 05:10 AM

Here's more crapolla spewed from the mouth of the Tweaker Freak (you know who you are Posted Image)

His newest weapon of choice?? TEFLON TAPE!!

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found another great place to put some teflon tape is around the tweeters. Make a square around your tweeters with teflon tape. Another place is on your steel or cast aluminum frame of your woofer, wrap the teflon tape around the steel frame strips going up to the rubber surrounds of the frame of the woofer. This stuff is great on crossover inductors too. The bass is smoother and tighter and I'm hearing more of the midrange now. The top end is smoother and more 3-dimensional......

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#20 of 63 Leo Kerr

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Posted May 02 2005 - 07:49 AM

wait a minute...

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mounting a glass prism upside-down above the listening position


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

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