Probably, but I remember years ago when I moved by outboard transformers for some old
PS Audio power amps and told my favorite salesman (very timidly, since I didn't want to make it sound like I heard the huge difference that I had heard). He told me that he'd been in the business 20 years at that point and if I "told him the amps got up and marched around the room",
he'd believe me. You never know until you try, but some tries cost more than others.
Seems mighty easy for the naysayers to call products "snake oil" when they never tried the product.
Before you bash something and say it can’t work you should try it for yourself, and then state your thoughts based upon your experience, good or bad.
There are other forums here on Audiogon where the HFC products are discussed by people that own and use the products: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/high-fidelity-cables-ct-1designed-by-rick-schultz
Regarding Dudley's article; I posted the following based upon my own experience:
I just read the article in Stereophile regarding the HFC magnetic adapters. One thing I learned more then a year ago is you have to put any HFC product in place, and leave it there for let's say 24 - 48 hours and let it settle in and do whatever it is that it does within those hours. I also suffered from the frustration of not being able to put a HFC product in and out to do a comparison test, but it just doesn't work that way. Personally I think that's the error that Art Dudley made. He described honestly what he heard but I don't think he realized what I described above. Just my personal opinion.
lak " ... Seems mighty easy for the naysayers to call products 'snake oil' when they never tried the product.
Before you bash something and say it can’t work you should try it for yourself, and then state your thoughts based upon your experience, good or bad ..."
I think you're correct, lak, but you miss the point. The naysayers you mention are mostly interested in touting their expertise and prowess, not in actually going to the trouble of trying a product. Some of these self-proclaimed experts will even profess to know how a poster's entire system will sound - they insist they can do this because of their familiarity with such a wide variety of equipment, their unique engineering skills, their intimate knowledge of circuit design, and so on. We have one contributor here who insists he alone has identified a critical form of distortion that no one else has ever detected and that even he himself can't measure. But he's designed a circuit that can "correct" this elusive, immeasurable, unfathomable distortion.
You and I can't change the behavior of these pretenders to a throne, lak. Really the best thing to do is to just ignore them. Their proclamations are sometimes so absurd that it's hard to remain silent, however. I get that. When their posts verge into the name-calling and profane, the best thing to do is alert the moderators. I've had excellent cooperation from the moderating team here.
I am very skeptical of the latest fads. I have been around to see many come and go. However, these Hi Fidelity Cables are the real deal in my system. I can be pretty cheap but I figured it was free to listen to them as they were returnable within 30 days. No way they were going back after they went into my system. They made a huge difference in my soundstage and imaging. All of a sudden I could see and hear where every instrument was. For the first time I knew I was really in the High End of stereo.
I belong to an audiophile society in San Francisco and there are quite a few converts in the group. Some of dropped tens of thousands of dollars on the whole system and their system does sound terrific. I can't go that far but if you are lucky for $300 or $600 for a pair you could get great system improvement.
With my Magnepan speakers I had a better improvement with these ( 2 sets ) then I did using the new PS Audio Monoblocks for $15,000!
Everybody's system is different but I encourage you to give these a try. Probably 80% chance you will be very satisfied.
Hey, I hate misaligned "eddy currents" as much as the next audiophool. At $549 for four, I'm not sure that this even qualifies for "snake oil." I guess that it does, since it smells like total BS and it is one of those rare vials of snake oil that a reviewer from Stereophile didn't crap in his pants about. Now you know that if a reviewer doesn't fawn all over the latest trend in snake oil as the most magnificent thing you can buy for your system since the invention of electricity, there is a problem. But I think that I know what the problem is . . . The snake oil is TOO CHEAP! Had the cost of realigning those pesky eddy currents been in the snake oil "sweetspot" . . . say $2500 to $5000, no doubt the reviewer would have been "blown away" by the amazing increase in soundstage and "sparkle" now that his eddy currents were aligned.
But of course, maybe I'm just a skeptic. Maybe @rcprince is right . . .it was the fault of the transistors in the reviewer's preamp! I once again, as I have in another thread, call for scientific double-blind testing before some reviewer supports (or discredits) the latest snake oil.
I would like to officially lodge a protest with respect to this particular device, the HFC magnetic RCA connectors, as my Animal Magnetism Cable Collars (which I introduced two years ago) do pretty much the same thing and more thoroughly one presumes. Animal Magnetism Cable Collars also deal with induced magnetic fields in both power cords and interconnects as well as HDMI cables.
At $549 for four, I'm not sure that this even qualifies for "snake oil." I guess that it does, since it smells like total BS and it is one of those rare vials of snake oil that a reviewer from Stereophile didn't crap in his pants about. Now you know that if a reviewer doesn't fawn all over the latest trend in snake oil as the most magnificent thing you can buy for your system since the invention of electricity, there is a problem. But I think that I know what the problem is . . . The snake oil is TOO CHEAP! Had the cost of realigning those pesky eddy currents been in the snake oil "sweetspot" . . . say $2500 to $5000, no doubt the reviewer would have been "blown away" by the amazing increase in soundstage and "sparkle" now that his eddy currents were aligned.
That pretty much nailed it moto_man. You see, a glossy rag CAN'T rave about a product unless they are getting properly "fed". To properly "feed" the glossy rags takes a large amount of marketing and advertising dollars. Of course these dollars are then passed off to the end consumer in retail pricing.
Great review = Overpriced
Luke Warm review = Priced about right
I'm sure the manufacturer will learn how to play the game, and will soon release the Signature, Ultimate, and Ultimate Reference version of these adapters that will be priced more accordingly pleasing to the glossy rags, and once properly fed, the rags will give their blessing of approval.
Thanks' for all of the feed back Guy's.
I decided to run my own evaluation. As a former SCCA sports car racer
years back. Raced a BMW M-3 in Modified class.
We used ceramic ( Donut shaped1-1/4" Dia magnetics. Placed on the engine pan to attract metal filings before they could go back through the motor. Still having some. I attached one ea on the +/- speaker terminals of my Wilsons Sasha 2's ( R channel only.) via Clear tape. Them I dug out a very old Mono but V-G condition of Vivaldi Four Seasons record.
Through my VAC pre-amp.
Results: Played L/C 1st 15 Sec of 1 cut X4 Times in a row.
Played R/C " " " " " " " " "
The Violins the Cello's moved forward a foot or two and became there to touch almost. " Well almost." Strings became more airy. than without. Brass: Miles Davis horn bloomed.
Cost on these Donut Mag's about $ 2.50 ea.