What’s your vote for the most ridiculous, overpriced, and useless tweak?

My vote: Furutech Outlet Cover 105 NCF $220, with “special crystalline material that has two “active” properties.” https://www.thecableco.com/outlet-cover-105-ncf.html


Showing 3 responses by fsonicsmith

This is a Hobson's choice. How is one to know without either resorting to pure speculation or admitting that you were a rube who paid a boatload for fairy dust? You can't win either way. I prefer the former so I nominate based on common sense and my own sense of reality;
1) anything from Perfect Path Technologies
2) this; https://www.musicdirect.com/equipment/furutech-demag-lp-demagnetizer
But at the end of the day, isn't any power cable priced above maybe a thousand bucks and isn't any interconnect above maybe $2,000 and any speaker cable above say $3000 a tweak-a ridiculously expensive tweak? What about $5,000 PC's and 10K speaker cables? Expensive wire to me is a tweak. The highest priced wires are the highest priced tweaks. I think wire makes a difference. A lot of tweaks make differences. 
I have another one for you-crazy fancy casework and faceplates to amps, preamps, phono stages, any exotic piece of equipment. Take D'agostino gear encased in jewel-like outer-clad. It's F-you bling bling. It's a tweak because you can look at it and believe that it sounds better based on how it looks. Any honest manufacturer will tell you that fancy casework adds more the final price of the product than any other aspect of the piece. Pro-ject, iFi, and at one time Musical Fidelity realized this and captured a market eschewing the bling-bling. Steve McCormack has always stayed away from fancy casework. Oh well, I digress. 
OregonCaliorniaPapaDoc-I will ask you one last time-what did you pay $5,000 for? Since you have such confidence in the value of your purchase, why not unwrap the package and find out wha the heck you paid for? A bundle of nano-fibers or a bundle of cat hair or a large Russian vintage oil and paper capacitor wrapped up in squirrel fur?
It's hard to fathom that a $5,000 gadget that causes refrigerators to suddenly freeze up and need re-calibrating (which defies that fact that modern refrigerators have thermostats), causes home AC units to run 20% less of the time, causes impressive savings on monthly electrical bills, and causes projectors and flat screens to suddenly seem like windows into reality has flown so far under the radar for so long without being reported in every major peer-reviewed scientific journal. What effect does it have on your wife's hair dryer? Does she blow her hair dry 25% faster? How about your Christmas lights-do they go from boring to Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation with pilots spotting the house from miles away? Utterly amazing. But it must be true, because there's a 90 day satisfaction or your money back guarantee goshdurnit!