Are Shakti Stones effective?


I have never used Shakti Stones and wonder if they really work and, if so, what do they do,  I have used the Shakti Holographs and found them to magically focus the sound and tighten the soundstage. From what I have heard, even from Shakti, is that the stones make a significant difference is some usage and less in other. Has anyone used these and what do they do?
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Did I already say they are as good as a phone book? Why yes, I did.
They do look better than a phone book, which is the performance level they are competitive at.

That's an insult not an argument. He would know the difference- but then that would be one thing he knows, and if there's one thing I know for sure its that he knows nothing.
The best most experienced dealer I ever met stayed with me one time for a couple weeks when he was moving out here to Washington. He brought a whole van full of gear, and I got to try it all. Among the many tweaks and cables and amps was a Shakti Stone.

I was no stranger to tweaks at this point and real eager to hear what it could do. Tried it all over the place. Straining to hear even the slightest difference. The only place it did anything at all was over the transport section of the CDP. Even there it was barely noticeable.

When I told Stewart I tried it the first thing he said was did it work over the transport? Because that is the only place it did anything. So in one fell swoop I learned yes indeed tweaks are for real, we both had the same experience, and Shakti Stones are a waste of money.

Unless of course you like the looks. They do look better than a phone book, which is the performance level they are competitive at.
Once you get them,Then what do you do? Just set them on the metal box of the component?


Yes, that’s exactly what you do. Pick a spot, plop it down, plop yourself down, and listen. Strain. To hear even the slightest difference. Which, remember, even something as simple as a phone book placed on top of a CD player will affect (usually improve) the sound. So the Shakti Stone being a mass with felt on the bottom is expected to make some small improvement even if only due to the slight mass damping effect.
It is when you think about it actually quite remarkable they have managed to make something so truly ineffective. I mean it does do something. Like I said it does make a very slight improvement when placed over the transport section of a CD player. But that is it. A ten dollar dive weight makes a bigger difference than one of these things. A freaking phone book!

Okay, nobody has a phone book any more. Use your imagination. Any book of decent size a couple inches thick will do. Don’t take my word for it. Try it and see. You have just out-performed a Shakti Stone!

Okay, just realized no one reads books any more. Dang. This getting old stuff is getting old. Okay so what do you have these days? Energy drinks! Put a big ol can of Red Bull on there. Or Fountain Foo Foo Water. Two pound bag of Organic Coffee. Whatever! Take the challenge, do your best, try and find something you can put on there that WON’T be better than a Shakti Stone! Go on! I dare you! I double-dog dare you!
Okay, so you can't hear a pound or two. How many pounds do you need?