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In Reply to: RE: Why stop @ the CD when we can degauss ourselves as well?... posted by DeKay on November 29, 2015 at 09:49:08
I have a powerful bulk tape eraser. I've tried degaussing CD's with it in the past, and, although I want to doubt it, seem to hear a difference. I was in an audio club years ago, tried it on another member's CD, and he heard it too.
But what bothers me is the feeling in my hand when I pass the CD over the degausser. Difficult to explain what it feels like, somewhere between tingling and numbness.
The iron in my blood being concentrated into my hand? I dunno.
"You won't come back from Fletcher-Munson curve"-Jan and Dean
I found the exact same thing on all fronts, when years ago Ric Schultz rode my ass to simply try the Radio Shack degausser I had from my days of cassette head demags from the 70s. (I was, as usual back then, very 'resistant' to such tweaks as being 'unscientific".) But Ric, as usual, was right on the money, much to my disbelief.
Yeah, it worked. But that weird tingling feeling in the hand/fingers was the exact same reason I said, "Too weird. Not worth it." Never used the RS device after that, to be honest.
Then I got a beat-up Bedini demag device for free, and decided to re-try the demagging again, and the Bedini did a nice job for costing zero. Looked like shit, but worked fine.
When I got my Cabasse dealership long ago, I was able to finagle a Furutech demagger for a song from a guy I knew, so I have one of those, too. Very nice, and much better than the Bedini.
I was a major league skeptic on this one, until Ric convinced me to finally try the Radio Shack degausser. Still cannot believe it makes ANY difference at all. Crazy stuff, no doubt.
Strange that it does seem to have an effect on the sound of the CD, which, while it makes no sense, is simply curious.
The effect on my body is more disconcerting. I can't answer for you and your Radio Shack degausser that geoffkait supposes you're feeling because of the vibration. But my old Olsen Electronics TA-147 bulk tape eraser is a table top unit measuring 4.5" x 4" x 2.25" and is listed at 10 amps. This thing buzzes and vibrates, but I'm not even touching it when passing the CD over it, and I still get that odd feeling in my hand.
It's easy to use, and I'd sweep every CD I listen to over it, but it's not worth hand cancer (is there such a thing?) for the subtle improvement in sound.
...the several MRIs I've had over the years haven't bothered me? Now there are some powerful magnets!
The acid test would be to see if you get that same tingling sensation when using the Walker Talisman which is passive. I can definitely feel the physical effects of magnets and even crystals. Funny, it's been about thirty years since audiophiles started using demagnetizers on CDs yet no one has gotten very far in terms of an explanation. Oh, well, a Rolling Stone gathers no moss.
Back during CDs heyday, I remember seeing CD tongs for sale at places like Audio Adviser, etc. They reminded me of a pair of plastic kitchen serving tongs, except that they had a molded tip which fit inside the CD center hole.
The idea (supposedly) was to help keep fingerprints off CDs, but I'm betting it caused a lot more dropped / scratched CDs then it helped with fingerprints. I thought about getting one to keep my hand further away from the strong eddy currents I was experiencing while holding the CD close to the tape eraser.
As with all things audiophile , these things were exorbitantly priced for what they were. Since I'm primarily an LP guy, I simply skipped "treating" my CDs with the tape eraser, and stuck with a CD Stop Light paint pen and their glow in the dark disc.
But speaking of LPs, I've read similar (though less frequent) claims for bulk tape erasers making improvements there too. That's even more strange, since there's no metal at all involved
Wait'll they get a load of this back in Des Moines.
The PWB Quantum Clip
Heavy-duty, of course, and sterilized via lighter.
Well, it does vibrate, the Radio Shack bulk tape eraser. So not surprising you felt tingling.
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