I think I've Just Seen Absolute Proof That Audiophiles Are Insanely Gullible

I didn’t want to crap on someone’s sales thread, so I thought i’d post my amazement here. The focus of my disbelief? The "Dalby D7-Vinyl Stabilizer," which is a damn weight that screws onto the turntable spindle to hold the record securely onto the platter. Listed retail? 4000 British Pounds! (although a mag listed it at $6,800! On sale here at AudioGullible for the bargain basement price of 2500 British Pounds, or $3600 US dollars!!! Just read a few snippets of the sales ad . . .

"The D7-Vinyl Stabiliser has a sonic character that brings music to life and the ability to elevate the entire audio frequency from the veil and mechanics inherent in prerecorded music. The gains are immediate, with sweeter high frequency extension while the mid and lower registers are beautifully controlled. The soundscape is wider, higher and deeper, allowing the music to breathe more naturally."

I’m sorry, but I’m calling total BS on this. A friggin’ weight brings "music to life," "sweeter high frequency extension," "allowing the music to breathe more naturally . ." Come on. Its a modified paperweight that screws onto the platter. One can only imagine what this guy thinks about some $20K interconnects for the turntable -- the music probably writes itself! And don’t forget the amazing improvement that a $4,000 carbon fiber mat might add . . . You probably would think you were hallucinating because the music breathed so much it was oozing out of the speakers, like on some of my more memorable nights in college in the ’70’s.

Now I have never heard this amazing gift to the audiophile community, so maybe it is the audio equivalent of the Second Coming, but really? $5,800 for this? It confirms to me that there is a certain insanity/gullibility/too much money/snake oil in this so-called "hobby," (which is a hobby to customers and ridiculous business for some manufacturers). When is enough enough? What about audiophile paint, that has amazing sonic qualities to cut down reflection and make the soundstage so wide that you feel you need a new apartment? Don’t forget the audiophile couch, that is sonically neutral but promises to position your ears to "bring music to life?" OK, I’ve made my point. No offense to the seller of the snake oil, but really . . . When is enough enough?

This concludes my rant for today. :)
Wow, these things are beautiful; I just looked at the website.  Someone should commission them to make chess pieces.  

Moving on, I too am newer to this hi end scene and am still puzzled by many claims of products being sold for this hobby.  For example, an isolation rack with help my solid state amp sound better???  The cable risers are another item, however, both of these aforementioned items seem to have a lot of believers on a-gon.  I do plan to buy a modest Blinn stand for all my equipment soon.  Most of you would probably laugh hysterically if you saw my newly acquired system currently splayed out on the floor of my listening room.  I don't even have a crappy rack, it is all just sitting on an area rug.  Based on everything I have read I will be "amazed at the sonic improvements" if I just get the stuff off the floor of my room.  Time, and more money, will show me the path to enlightenment, I am sure.....

I'd imagine that its weight of 3+ pounds would certainly make a difference with some turntables.  Although not necessarily for the better :-)

-- Al
Dang. . what to do!  Wuz fixin' to send all my money to that purdy sangin' TV preacher man what wuz gonna gar-on-tee me eternity in paradise.  But now I'm a thinkin' "why wait" since this'll get me to heaven while I'm still right here on earth.