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post #1 of 59
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http://www.head-fi.org/t/619911/cardas-audio-introduces-the-cardas-clarifier-iphone-app

 

Seriously? wtf is this voodoo nonsense?

 

This smells of crap.  Can somebody please tell me if this actually does something?

post #2 of 59
The only way I know of to degauss something which means to remove unwanted magnetic fields, is with an electromagnet or large electric current pulsing through a coil. Back when tube TVs would get color spots that wouldn't go away, I actually had to rent a degaussing coil. Tube TVs usually degauss themselves when turned on, but to a minor degree which didn't always clear the problem.
post #3 of 59

I seem to recall that in the old days there were devices to degauss your turntable stylus - and I think Cardas used to make a vinyl test album that could be used to somehow degauss your cartridge - but I never understood what the heck it was supposed to do.  I can sort of understand how that might work - I suppose if the sylus was forced to vibrate in a particular way that might do something to affect any residual magnetic field in the cartridge.  But your ipod?  I don't get it...

post #4 of 59

1. Play a track, record loopback.

2. Run Cardas app.

3. Play same track, record loopback.

4. Audio diffmaker the two recordings.

5. ???

post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I seem to recall that in the old days there were devices to degauss your turntable stylus - and I think Cardas used to make a vinyl test album that could be used to somehow degauss your cartridge - but I never understood what the heck it was supposed to do.  I can sort of understand how that might work - I suppose if the sylus was forced to vibrate in a particular way that might do something to affect any residual magnetic field in the cartridge.  But your ipod?  I don't get it...

 

They aren't claiming it will affect your iPod.  They are claiming it will Degauss your headphone coils.

post #6 of 59

Call it the Big Green Clean. 

It's the hot new topic of debate among CD fanatics-and a claim being taken seriously by CD 
experts, most notably Pete Howard, publisher of the respected International CD Exchange 
(ICE) newsletter and resident Rolling Stone CD columnist. Howard says he discovered the 
craze when one of his subscribers sent him a story from a Beaverton, Ore., paper detailing 
claims made by an audio store owner there. 

After interviewing several other people who've tested out the theory-and trying it 
himself-Howard is no longer a complete skeptic. 

"I was intrigued, as would anyone who discovered that you could make what amounts to a 
$1,000 upgrade on your sound system by simply spending $1.25 for a green felt marking pen," 
he said. "I think you'd have to say it's half-amazing and half-ludicrous. But I'm getting 
calls from people who are using adjectives like `incredible' and `terrifyingly improved.' 
Everybody seems to agree there's something there." 

The green felt marker fad isn't the only craze sweeping the CD ranks. According to a 
four-page story by Sam Tellig in the current issue of Stereophile magazine, you can also 
improve CD sound quality by coating your CDs with (now you really have to sit down) 
Armor-All spray cleaner. (You coat the playing surface and wash off the Armor-All before 
playing.) 

Both schemes sound pretty farfetched to us. But Howard isn't so sure. "What makes this such 
a potentially fascinating story is the implication that after millions of CDs have been 
tested and manufactured, consumers can suddenly buy a green marking pen or a cleaning spray
cleaner and dramatically increase their CD sound. Enough people have come to me that you'd 
have to say something is happening here, even if you don't know what it is." 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000

 

 

The sound became more "life -like".

 

The sound became more vibrant, like fresh cut grass.

 

The sound improved when I sniffed the pen for a while!

 

 

 

Sounds best when used with The Rite of Spring

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rite_of_Spring

post #7 of 59
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

The sound improved when I sniffed the pen for a while!

 

LMAO! biggrin.gif

post #8 of 59

And like usual, none of you guys coughed up a whole .99 to find out did you?

post #9 of 59

^^^ I think Id rather spend that .99 cents on that pen up there

post #10 of 59
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post

And like usual, none of you guys coughed up a whole .99 to find out did you?

 

Bollocks is Bollocks no matter how cheap it is ! - on eBay you can buy somebody's soul for 99c - not much money but still a waste of 99c !

post #11 of 59
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post

And like usual, none of you guys coughed up a whole .99 to find out did you?

 

Don't have an iPhone.  Also, don't need to buy a $1,000 cable to know it's a bad fiscal decision.

post #12 of 59

You guys will never change biggrin.gif

post #13 of 59
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post

You guys will never change biggrin.gif

 

Rational thought never goes out of style unlike my 1980 purple suit and kipper ties

post #14 of 59

I used a green pen back in the day, the "change" it made wasn't that obvious so I stopped using it. I've tried all sorts of tweaks, custom cables, replace all the wiring in an amp with silver cable, replacing coupling caps with better caps, rolled tubes, different isolation techniques, De-magnatizing CDs, changed cables, build my own cables, converted pentodes to triodes, installed a custom star ground and separate circuit in my house house for the stereo, all sorts of things- I heard differences is almost everything I tried; however, I came to realize that my perception of differences in audio weren't limited to times when I changed something in my system.

 

Have a couple of beer and things sound different, listen late at night things and sound different, too much coffee, stressed out and guess what? Sounds different. It just didn't seem reasonable to believe that my perception was a valid way of determining the truth of system changes. Tweaking and optimizing was pointless, I was chasing my own tail. I became a cynic not from measurements and graphs but from following my own experience of listening.  

post #15 of 59

100% Cargo Cult Science.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult_science

 

 

 

1000


Edited by Redcarmoose - 7/25/12 at 4:52pm
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