Miracles in Audio, by luck, by good choices,by design or by tweaking...


I owned a low cost headphone for many years, the Fostex TH7B, first version( a new one close version exist Fostex TH7BK), semi-open headphone...I was never completely satisfied by any headphones I ever owned: Hifiman 400, Stax basic lamda, Stax 5 gold,Akg 340,Akg 701, beyerdynamic 990, and T150... Because in each of them with all their qualities I never listen to at the same times, a confortable headphone with natural timbre and voicing, with a good imaging and a realistic soundstage(not too close to my ears)...


For the last days I tweaked this Fostex, to damp his internal resonance I used sorbothane, I put some shungite stones at the exterior part of the cups and I use some Herkimer diamond in the interior pads( 3 at 120 degree) … Now this low cost headphones crush all my others if I sum all his qualities... For example his mids and voicing cannot beat the AKG 340 but among all my other headphones it is the best that is near that mids and it is more confortable, and with longer cable than the 340...His imaging is better and more realistic than the 340 etc etc...It is the same if I compare with the others...


His most important qualities is natural timbre and clear imaging,very precise pinned point accuracy and natural, so clear it crush for that ALL the others to dust...In the French audio circle the reviews were more than very positive few years ago...Diapason d’or and choc Classica...I am not the only one impressed buy the ratio quality/price... But remember that thesae reviewers dont tweak their headphone...The difference between before and after the tweaks are staggering...


Yes Miracles happens in Audio: cost is under 100 American dollars... Few years ago they cost me 50 bucks new... I never dreamed that I will go back to headphones...


I will enjoy your miracles stories of any kind ….My best to all...
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Thanks,very interesting,it is a pity that the product is no more available...If it is report here...My best to you...
I will add my audio miracle. I use a damping material I bought from Marcof Electronics many years ago. I was told it was made from a mixture of butyl rubber and crushed limestone. It’s still soft after decades. I use it for all types of damping. But applied to the back of horns and their drivers, the results are amazing. That edge people don’t like about horns is completely gone. The problem is I’m almost out. I’m trying to get Ed Martin to dig up the cases of it he thinks are stashed away. 
Like Shungite the use of lava beads in audio is delicate operation... They can easily degrade the sound near some gear...But on the central electrical panel of my house with the shungite they works miracles...
I would never have considered such a change after all that happened in the last month in my audio system, in the speakers or headphone alike...

The lava beads(4mm) taped on the panel has transformed the sound at another level...The effect is so greatly audible that it is comparable to an upgrade of strong impact...The clarity is now off the old chart, in my headphone or in my speakers...I am happy... I will be more happy if someone benefit from my experiments...My best to all... 

I forget to say 2 things...

One week ago I was in the obligation for a reparation to dismantle half of my stones grid, guess what? The sound was audibly degraded after that, before reinstauring the stones in the actual grid...


Another important remark: when I installed the Schuman generators, without cabled links to the stones grid, and without stones and crystals on them, under them and near them, the results in the room were an improvement that was audible, BUT nowhere near the improvement I gained with the stones and crystals and the bond with the grid...


My best to all...

  
During the last 2 hours after headphone use now I had listen in nearfield listening and at normal distance from the speakers... And like with the headphone listening before, in these 2 positions the imaging and clarity is increased much by these addition of only 2 connections today from one of the S.G to the center of a grid of stones located on top of a concrete plate which is itself on top of my amplifier...I had on the amplifier many stones already linked by cables to the rest of the grid...

The conclusion of my last 2 posts is right: the stones enhanced by the S.G. are filtering the interactive E.M. fields of the audio system, then lowering the noise level...I dont have any other explanation... One thing is certain no company actually use a grid of stones activated by linked batteries and enhanced by many Schuman generators(S.G.)

I remember one day, one year ago a guy, Bybee,reading about him, i bought by curiosity a plate make with a kind of resin and containing unknown crystals that enhance the gear where I put it... The effect was audible yes, but relatively small... That pick my curiosity...It is one of the company with Acoustic Revive, Stein Harmonizer, and some others I forget the name that cause me to go on a search by myself about crystals use in audio...The result is my powered grid...


I hope my saying and experiments will be useful to someone...It is free and I dont sell anything...My best to all...
For example to explain the experience I live through:

I listened a marvellous pianistic interpretation of Chopin Nocturnes some days ago by Hans Moravec (the best for me of all)... I listen to it now and the sound is clearly less noisy after this addition of connections... The modification of the air molecules thesis had no way to explain that, I listen with headphones now and some days ago these same nocturnes... And not only the sound is clearer, but the imaging also...


By the way Moravec is the most underestimated pianist of the century, with Ervin Nyireghyazi ...
Today has confirmed my experiments with the multiple Schuman generators used like enhancers apparatus for the stones and crystals grids... I added 2 other connections by cable that had an immediate impact on the soundstage of the headphones... That let me think that the crystals and stones act like some kind of filters among the interlocked electro-magnetic fields of all the gear...

The difference with the Stein Harmonizer that act on the air of the room, after the marketing saying so, is that my grid act on the interlocked E.M.fields mostly I think...The S.G. act on the interlocked E.M.fields also connected to this stones grid...The perception that the S.G. act on the air of the room is an illusion... Simply the S.G. modify the relationship between the different frequencies between the interlocked E.M fields of the audio system, modifying then the complex information conveyed toward the speakers... All that is my thinking and I am by far no scientist at all, I just try to understand something most dont understand either...But I dont believe now the explanations of those who explain how the molecules of the air are modify etc etc ...I prefer my hypothesis about interlocked E.M. field filtering by the stones grid and a lowering of the level of noise...I dont negate that something can possibly modify the molecular atmosphere of the room, ionization of the air for example is able to make listening way more musical...But my hypothesis is more potent I thing to understand this amazing phenomenon about the stones grid, because the same effect is audible by my speakers or my headphone at the same level of improvement... Then it is not the air which is the important factor that plays the first role...
After childish game back on track I think...
Thread is two posts cleaner now...
After apologizing to a monster I feel like Mary Shelley welcoming Frankeinstein…  :)
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Simple task for 2 ears:

Place 2 chunks of shungite+tourmaline on a conditioner, a power supply or on the central electrical panel and called that an audio geological experiment...That will make your day...

Simple to begins with, no need to make a complex grid to gain results audible immediately and an improvement at low cost...Some people will pay thousand of bucks for a less spectacular improvement in cables and other products...

Here I dont want to argue with sceptic, it is too simple to take a stone and put it somewhere...I can only say to you what stones will give better results after my own experiment thats all...


Like all that is around us, stones are marvellous miracles, unseen by most...


By the way I am more a poet and philosopher than a scientist, I only dream about what I cannot afford: my dream musical audio system...I have it now thanks to my reading and experiments...my system with all headphones, speakers,dac,amp, cost me  under 1000 bucks but sound like 10,000 bucks...Listening music is my medical treatment and relaxing habit...
I have a geology background and have actually taught mineralogy and petrology (also paleontology) labs as a university teaching assistant in a past life. So I am not an expert but know something about minerals and their crystal structure. Applications in audio, is not something taught anywhere TTBOMK. It’s mostly hearsay with little to substantiate claims. If you find something that works and can demonstrate and document it quantifying how and why, that would be something. Good luck!
I simply dont like upsetting anybody, and GK is funny and interesting that’s all...Now back to the regular course...

It is looking complex and this is very simple and trust me astounding...But I have to figure all that myself, nobody said to me what to do...I was only inspire by advertisement by top audiophile company that present products with crystals without giving any details at all...Patent secrecy for sure...But the idea at the basis of that is simple and trials and errors was the way... My stones grid included these S.G. and are connected to them but the grid included many stones all around my room and gear...Even in the basement where I clean the central electrical panel...


The final result revealed a musical experience without comparison with the same gear I own in the same room but without any stones grid... In audio what you buy is LESS important than what you make of it... No company will ever said that to you ...They want you to pay for a new costly piece of audio that’s all, and this new piece need no cleaning, no treatment, nothing, this new piece they said is perfect without anything to add... : ) 
 My experience is totally contrary to these customer marketing business, what you will buy, if it is already good, nevermind the price, will IMPROVE greatly ONLY if you clean and treat all the electrical grid, the acoustic grid, and controls vibrations, and treat the room etc … My actual gear is TOTL for cheap cost...
No idea how this works but very cool. A picture is worth a thousand words.

I think you’ve scared off GK who seems to be mostly just bluster, comedy and insults when it comes to actually offering any evidence that he he is not just lazily about all talk and callously selling other peoples junk for a premium to make a few bucks.
Here 2 photos of my S.G. modified and cabled to the grid of stones:

These 2 are USB powered + 2 shungite pyramids lifted on top of them without touching the embedded antennas of the S.G. the stones are Black Tourmaline+ Herkimer Diamond and Kambaba Jasper +Herkimer

https://imgur.com/gg3Fn5w


These 2 are with power supplies and you can see one of my Helmholtz resonator in the background, there is a shungite tile under these 2 S.G. but invisible on this photo, the stones are Black Tourmaline, Madagascar Agate, and Green Nephrite and many Herkimer on top of stones :


https://imgur.com/yZ4KMgH










This one is big not costly...

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Healing-Shungite-Unpolished-Tile-150x100x10-mm-RUSSIA-345-gr-0-76-lb/323580470269?hash=item4b56e623fd:g:cnkAAOSwDaBb5~fb



The exact size and weigh does not are big factors... In fact I already have 4 tiles there, the only factor important is buy genuine shungite the less costly possible, then the biggest for the least price...Shungite club is a good provider of the genuine product...Dont buy from USA or others country... Only Russia owns shungite minerals... 


The rule to apply for shungite use: this minerals can degrade sound if you place it on top of gear or too close of a dac or an amplifier... The best place are near electro-magnetic power source like the wall wart, the electrical panel, the power strip. the conditioner, the power supply, the computer and his router, the router is great place for shungite...There it will improve sound...
mahgister,

Breaker advice taken :) What size/thickness tile would you recommend to try?
They are not expensive if still around and worth finding.

I also have multiple Sennheiser phones that I use a Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp with. The little jeweled AT phones are very close...no special amp/dac needed. Then I also have grado sr80e phones that I believe GK also owns and tweaks to sound their best. Not bad alone but they do benefit used with the Chord Mojo.
Wow they are more than beautiful...They need almost no power this is interesting indeed...Thanks very much Mapman I will read about them with interest....I dont own quality headphone that I would use with a micro dac/amp... This seems promising.... Thanks from my heart for your information...The impedance is 100 Ohms tough...


https://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-FW33-FashionFidelity-BIJOUÉ-Headphones/dp/B008AT6DMC
Mahgister here is something of a headphone miracle you might appreciate.


I have a pair of these Audio Technica on-ear headphones.


https://www.google.com/search?q=athfw33&rlz=1C9BKJA_enUS603US603&hl=en-US&prmd=mvin&...

I cannot believe how good sounding they are even off a standard iphone dongle. How do they do it? Everything is crystal clear and the bass is extended and clean despite the small size. No headphone amp needed. I’m betting the unique crystal like faceted form of the enclosures help.

I listen the cd named "Tabla Tarang" with these headphone Fostex, NEVER I have pleasure to listen to this cd before because none of my headphone were able to communicate in a speaker-like manner the encircling subtle plays of the hands of the master on these I think 12 tablas adjusted for special tonalities around him...OUff 
And more than that it is imperative that an headphone must gives the natural timbre of the tablas if not all sound the same and artificial, and the notes are not circling you but linearly before you... With my Fostex in my grid the notes are circling like in a danse around me...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qGt4VTZbdI
I just completed a 2 hours headphone listening and wow!... The sound in my headphones was dramatically improved like with the speakers by my last move : only one more connection to my grid with a thin copper cable from a nephrite sitting beside 2 S.G.s and connected also to them... The nephrite is a marvellous stone imparting always a velvety touch to any musical timbre and last but not least always increasing the imaging in the headphone also like with the speakers....Only one connection added and a dramatic effect... The reader must know that I have around one hundred cables connected to perhaps 50 different stones of different kind...I am amazed that only one connection made a so strong effect...Audio is pleasure but also mystery...Science is only scratching mysteries...

My cheap Fostex are now King of my heaven...Incredible for a 50 bucks headphone bought new many years ago...All this years I dare not to use them because I think these are 50 bucks cheap Headphone...How would I have dared compared this cheap gear with a TOTL legendary AKG K 340 or the legendary Stax SR-5 gold ? Or an orthodynamic Hifiman paid many times more....Or the impressive all rounder AKG K701...I dont listen no more to any of them now...None of them owns an holographic speaker like imaging with a large and tall soundstage not even the 701 because his soundstage is large but  incoherent... 

We are human indeed and if we pay more we think this must be better....:)
I hope so he is very knowledgeable and funny...
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For more clarity I use the Schuman Generators in a non conventional way, I use a passive (passive: non electrically linked to the audio system) multiple cabled connections from the S.G. to my powered battery stones grid around the listening room... Then I use the S.G. like a stone and crystals enhancer, the effect is so great that cheap 13 dollars usb powered S.G. have an impact unbeknown by most...

People usually use way more powerful costly S.G. with linear power supply,(costly) and feel some improvement... I feel the same amazing change with my cheap S.G. and perhaps more...


Then the S.G. is a guenine audiophile component but way more potent then usually admitted when used with crystals and stones linked by cable to a battery powered grid... For example i have cabled stones even in my speakers. :)
The S.G. is the center of my stones powered grid and his emitted frequency plays also all along the cable connecting the stone placed near it or on top of it to the grid(without touching the embedded antenna of the S.G.tough) ... I know nobody who has experimented with these kind of stones battery cabled powered grid...

(a remark: the grid except for batteries is passive, non linked to the audio system, the stones are near the gear, the connectors, around the room, that's all. the batteries with magnets are only there to "dynamise" and activate the crystals)

A note: I feel the effect not only in nearfield, but also on normal distance hearing from the speakers, and also surprisingly for me in the headphones...
Today miracle for me is amazing... I connect one of the S.G. at my right in my room to some powered stone that is before my window glued on a plate and that’s added some symmetry to another connection I had made some time ago with a symmetric stone on a plate at my left in line with my listening near field position and also connected to some S.G.


The result is an impressive increase of the sound image in holographic 3 d dimension...

I dont know why I forget to make this cabled connection already....I called my grid the Stein Harmonizer for the poor...I read about this device and all people are unanimous and their description of the effect on the sound perception mimic my own... For sure my device is primitive and lack the sophistication of the real thing but the change and improving factor is also for me spectacular, then I called my grid an harmonizer for the poor … :)
He already know that I apologize...I dont ask for an answer from him, I just want to apologize because I was a bit rude, he knows that already now and that is what I want...He is a grown man and can decide to participate here or not by his own free will without insistance...Thanks for your kind concern Thecarpathian by the way, my best to you from my rude heart...
Mahgister, I suggest a private message to him if you really want to know the answer because I don't believe you will receive one here.
Dont play with the breaker road and place please... Just put the tiles where I said...The action of the shungite will be the same, and there will be no obstruction of the breaker...I dont want to be indirectly responsible of something bad...My best to you... Each shungite piece has a range of action, then your piece will be on top of the panel very near the line, under one feet, then the action will be perfect... 

Dont forget to report here Thanks...
mahgister,
Why not place the shungite tile directly on principal breaker, mine is 200A (inside the electrical panel)?
Please Thecarpathian dont antagonize the situation ..I appreciate your support and participation and your generous opinion of me but I am not perfect in anyway, no more than Geoff, and my Ego is no less...I miss his explanation too... :) I am very curious...
He's the one who should be apologizing to you. Not that it's ever going to happen.....and trust me, you didn't hurt his feelings.
I react perhaps too swiftly yesterday, I think I hurted Geoffkait, I apologize to him for that...I am often too quick ill-tempered...He is not always easy to deal with, but I like his originality and experience ...I officially apologize to you Geoffkait, I know you read everything...
Indeed! When one has scarce resources and is forced to improvise, the result can be excellent.
For now I think to create a thread about my cabled stones and crystals grid powered by batteries, using also 4 modified Schuman Generator to project the power of some crystals and stones in this grid and room space... The Stein Harmonizer for the poor... With this grid I can modify and improve the soundstage of the speakers, make them more spacious in the room...


I read very few things about the harmonizer and only know that there is some battery internal to powered something that activate some stones and crystals...I thing that I manage on my own something similar but cheap cost... The results are amazing... My system cost the price of the crystals and stones, this is around few hundred bucks if I eliminate the trials and errors...Anyway I dont have money and can only dream about Audio, this is the fact that start my inventive journey...It is better to be poor at the end, that's make us more creative.    :)
Forget Ataxite for now... it is too easy to damage the sound using it...Use shungite tiles on the top of the main central panel not in contact with the breakers (be cautious not to play with the panel, it is dangerous) on top of the metal case of the panel ou fixed under it or on the side... Use also black tourmaline 2 big chunks between 100 or 200 grams (China providers on ebay or aliexpress)...For the source of shungite use " shungite club"  on Ebay…. Buy shungite ONLY from Russia or Ukraine... I had three tiles and wait for a fourth to put there with great results...
whostolethebatmobile,

Do you have a recommendation on the source of shungite tile and ataxite stone to try on my mains breaker?
thanks.
I think that Geoff is sulking us... Good night...


P.s. I would have liked to know his explanation tough...
Well mahgister, it appears no answer is forthcoming from geoffkait.
How will I ever sleep tonight?
Oh, I know how! I don’t care....
Have a good night, my friend.
Sounds like wonderful dinner music.
Okay Professor, let's hear your explanation about room resonators with headphones.
I discover a sacd of great audiophile merit... I speak about it a little because it is very useful to have an exceptional files or cd that registered holographically the texture of timbre not only accurate imaging... The 4 seasons of Vivaldi :


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vivaldi-Tacets-Four-Seasons-Tacet/dp/B019GLKZE4

This " tube only" Tacet sacd is a marvel to listen to and will give you the means to take the audio pulse of your hi-fi system...

In a good system you will hear the colorful texture of the violin to an extant that is not possible with another files or cd...Hearing high frequencies accurately is one thing. Hearing the fractal colorful many complex interlocked textures of the timbre of a violin is another...


I test all my tweaks with this cd because it has no defects at all and this cd propose almost all sound challenges that a system must translate and solve to be called hi-Fi...


And the musical interpretation is at the same times very orthodoxically "classical" and totally unique and original...A feat in my musical best interpretation of all times...

A final note about Tacet: all Their "tube only" cd are marvels to listen to... I listen to Haydn quartet now with Auryn quartet... One of the best sound possible...Velvet timbre and perfect holographic imaging...Impossible to put the audio files to "pause" even for dinner...
First :you say that I react too much swiftly, forgetting what you have said about me that I am "cheap".

Second: You say from your own frustration that the conversation serve no more purpose...


Third: You switch the subject without even giving your own idea that seems, after your reaction to mine, contradict, or at least oppose, or go on another direction than the fact that I speak about...Even if this fact I speak about go on the same direction at the end than what you want to speak about... If it not comes from you it is not good...


Fourth: Perhaps I am "cheap" I cannot negate that after all, it is a genuine perception of your own, but you seems to have some "ego" problem in a discussion that was only between amigos tough I remind you...


Fifth: Now forget all that and give to us your explanation...
This conversation can serve no porpoise 🐬 any more. Carry on. Smoke if ya got em.
Ridiculous idea ? This is a science fact established by experiment directly linked to the conversation : the resolution power of the ears... By the way I am not cheap, I am poor...Not the same thing...


«The backfire effect is a name for the finding that given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly»

By the way I am not the only one subjected to this law, if you read the scripture, that is called the parable of of the straw and the beam in the eye... :)


And I dont doubt that your own explanation, of which I know nothing now and then which I cannot reject nor react to it the way you said I reacted to it anyway; I dont doubt your own explanation will be better than the facts I suggested taken from some science article ...But dismissing these facts I suggested the way you did is not fair... To say the least...The"backfire" is yours my friend not mine...If you mind to recall I am always interested by your ideas...
Thanks for the excellent example of Backfire Effect. Anyone can always find something to support some ridiculous idea if you search the internet hard enough. Good luck in your quest for cheapness.
I am curious to say the least, because I cite an article in science establishing the fact that the ears resolution of sound is a fraction of an atom...This is done by an organ that is solid but act like a fluid with ciliae adjust to frequencies perception to this level of accuracy: the tectorial membrane, discovery published few months ago... It seems the judge has not read much of my post...But we know the judge :) it is a friend and friend are bad judge it seems …


Beside of that the antenna of the body extended this resolution power of the ears to a greater extent than what seems possible...Than any modification in the acoustic of a room may be perceptible to an extent that was very difficult to understand before this discovery...
You mean besides me and mahgister....I hope you weren't up too late packaging up our prizes!