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In Reply to: Aluminium Foil & Wrapping Your Wires! posted by thetubeguy1954 on October 25, 2006 at 12:52:14:
Although what you used was not the Belt product, and I'm guessing not even close.
Clark I said T.I.C = (Tongue In Cheek) that was my weak attempt at humor, sorry....
Don't laugh, I demonstrated measurable improvement to John Curl using an aluminum foil wrapping around an interconnect.
Yep we used it for extra shielding on BNC cables in our lab. We had some ferocious RFI coming out of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system. We had a fuzz riding on all of our measurement signals but wrapping all the cables made an improvement. Of course we weren't using Reynolds wrap! Oh no we had the hyper-quantum, Pd interstitially doped, Hoopty do wrap. Oh alright it WAS Reynolds wrap.
But did it sound better?
No, this wasn't Quantum Flux Hyperstring Multicrystal Super-Aligned Aluminum like you would sell. As a plain old country physicist, I resorted to a roll of Reynolds Wrap that John had in his kitchen drawer. It cost less than a penny to improve things, so it wouldn't be of much interest to the charlatan set.
MKJ - It cost less than a penny to improve things, so it wouldn't be of much interest to the charlatan set.
I doubt the $700+ wood knobs cost much more than pennies to produce, so one would only have to package/advertise the aluminum foil correctly. Maybe add a gold or brass tint (aluminum doesn't have quite enough "bling" factor for the ^high^end) and the power of suggestion, then presto, origami foil cable end "Audio Solutions" for the Pied Piper and his rats.
Plus it might create enough shielding for -100db resolution.
It is the best aluminum that can be sintered to silicon wafers when making high voltage diodes. Bested all industrial aluminum solutions.
I sit here besides myself with the recent information unveiling...Am I to believe that jc's test rig had dual bananas??
So, an adapter was used to get from rca to this banana set?
Questions abound....was the adapter using non ferrous materials? Were the banana females non ferrous? Are the input banana's orthogonal to the output ones?
Very funny, esp. as the old country physicist fell for the oldest gag in audio.
Did you simply wrap the aliminum foil around the interconnect willy-nilly or was their a specific method you used?
What type of improvements did you hear?
These were for cable measurements not listening tests. We wrapped it around the cable, then used an alligator clip-lead to connect it to the ground of the signal source.
So did this mod actually change the distortion spectrum itself, or was it just for reducing the noise level to allow the distortion to be seen above the noise better?
Was it a power amp application where the distorted magnetic fields from the half-wave-rectified power supply currents were getting picked up by low-level circuitry?
Nope, it was an instrumentation setup that was used for measuring cables, running between a signal generator and a spectrum analyzer. I don't remember the details of the specific equipment, but John could certainly fill them in.
I'm not laughing. But given the way things have been lately, I'll refrain from making any further comments on interconnects at this time.
> Don't laugh, I demonstrated measurable improvement to John Curl using an aluminum foil wrapping around an interconnect. <
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