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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Without these S.G. and the shungite plate i dont like my audio system at all... With that I smile to any possible upgrade.... That says a lot about the impactful results of some tweaks... But the room treatment and the other stones I use and the Helmholtz resonator and my homemade singing resonators also are important but the shungite coupled with the S.G. is my best...


If someone want to try THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT MOVE with the shungite will be to add copper foil to it and put it on the central electrical panel of the house....


After that buy a S.G. put under it a " golden" plate +H.D, the shungite face touching the belly of the S.G. or if a USB S.G. put a thin plate on it with a small Herkimer diamond...


These 2 usage of shungite will be positive to say the least...


I experiment with more than 20 different stones and crystals.... All were particular,  almost all with some variable positive effect, all compensate one with another, this is the reason I coupled some of them in my stone grid... The most delicate and difficult and powerful to use is the shungite...
All that my thread suggest cost peanuts...

But implementing correctly something ask for time and experiments...

No audio system is the same than another, the electrical grid, the acoustical field, the vibratory conditions, being very different...

But all systems, nevermind the price need to clean the central electrical grid, before buying costly products, try 3 shungite plates for 50 bucks ( around 250 grams each), put some copper foil on some side, put them the nude shungite side facing the central panel and report here...If the sound in your particular audio system appear after that to be very compressed, it is simple, add a big chunk of pink quartz (around 150 gram or 200 gram)to the shungite plates, one big chunk would be ok...Or perhaps if it is only slightly compressed, a big black tourmaline chunk, that will be less drastic but more musical...Anyway only the shungite+copper in most case will be perfect...I said to add quartz or tourmaline only for those audio system very sensible that will need it...


I dont doubt that all reports will be positive....

This is a beginning...No placebo here...
The biggest jawdropping tweak I`ve stumbeled upon happened way back when I was searching to replace my old Denon DCD-3560. Tryed out a Wadia and a VAC discrete tube dac but I could not just leave that mighty Denon behind. 
  Got me a service-manual and started wondering. "What if I tryed to take out a true balanced signal directly from the four opamps instead of the quasi-balanced they`ve ended up with after the complex analog filter?" 
  So I tryed it, and WOW what a difference! Later I`ve came to know that there is no need for any filters after multibit converters like the BB`s in the 3560. And off course, one DC-filter is enough for a system, no need to duplicate.
  Later on I`ve upgraded trafo`s, clock (at least twice) internal wiring, shielding and damping in the old Denon. It outplayed both the Wadia and the VAC dac back then and is still today in my system. Have two extra 3560`s for parts and two new lazers still.
Thanks...Interesting experience....A good dac is the most difficult piece of gear to buy nowadays...Happy new year to you....
In my "virtual system" section I add a photo of the Schumann Generator +shungite+copper+Herkimer diamond...


No compress sound at all, on the contrary a subtle halo linking and separating each instruments musically in a 3-d all around music with a more natural timbre...If this is placebo my wife put some drug in my coffee... :)


In general observation, all my experiments drove me always, except the normal corrective experiments and counter corrective measures, in the same direction: holographical musicality....


But no single tweak, no single methods, no single piece of gear, or no single audiophile products, gives me the sound I listen to now....  i experience only small or bigger improvement one at a time...Some really powerful, like the "golden" plates with Herkimer diamond+ many Schumann Generators...Or the 5 golden plates I put on my central electrical panel...

If there exist miracle in Audio, we must also use the plural, there is many small miracles.... It is normal because we must treat the room, clean the electrical grid, controls the vibrations, and many other things...