This area will allow you to “attempt” to hear some of the effects of some (limited) techniques that I have implemented on certain objects. These are tests of the Belt phenomenon ,  both product and technique. They consist of digital music files that are intended for you to simply listen to and evaluate the device tested (before starting any listening tests, please see How To Listen first! The bit about using headphones applies especially to these tests, I feel).

There is a  common misconception that Belt devices can not be objectively evaluated in any form, and that they only extend to the perception of the original listener, or even, “the believer”. I think these tests prove that is yet another fallacy about Beltism.  They allow listening under subjective or more objective conditions. These tests are also an evaluation of other things; such as the very possibility that Belt products or techniques can be tested across continents, without having the actual product.  The reason this is possible is because, while they have an effect solely on the listener (as opposed to the signal), the mechanism for that effect is transmitted via the object that was treated. If the object treated is an mp4 player, then the files it contains carry the Belt effect. If the “container” is a CD, then the files on the CD carry the effect. Meaning, the improvement will be heard when you play the CD, but also when you copy its files and play them on another medium. If you burn files onto a CD burner that has been treated with a Belt product, then all recordings made on that burner are improved by the Belt treatment. If those recordings are uploaded to the internet, they will still contain the effects of the Belt treatment (but may be prey to degradation effects that all digital files are subject to from processing).

It is important for me to expand a bit upon this concept, because it’s an important one. The reason for this transfer effect isn’t anything to do with “the magic of Belt products”. The Belt effect is present on every recording ever made by anyone under any conditions, and has always been. That is to say, all recordings carry with them not just the acoustic environment, but the Beltian environment (this refers to the state of the environment as it relates to Beltist principles; ie. how “friendly” the environment is or isn’t to human senses). For example, if “Beltian laws” say that having a disconnected interconnect on the floor of the recording room is bad for sound, and there is one during the recording, then that recording will be affected by that interconnect (it may be arguably small perhaps, but still there). So any differences heard in these or other test files on this site, are due not simply to the application of Belt products or techniques, but to the fact that my Beltian environment became “friendlier” (more relaxing to human sense) from having applied those products, and as a result, it is reflected in the sound quality of the files, for the Beltian environment is being transmitted through the files.

Unfortunately, there is yet another misguided perception among “techies” that the digital format is somehow holy, and can not be violated, no matter what you do. That digital music will always sound the same however it is manipulated, so long as it isn’t recodified or such. It is not a supposition one should make in my experience. Plenty of things can change this storage media (although it might not register to the less than discerning ear), including the simple act of copying them. I’m only saying this because I don’t know if these files will reach the distant listener in the exact same condition they were in on my hard drive. It will have to do anyway, but out of this concern, I suggest you do no further processing of the files, and simply listen to them. Any further degradation might reduce the differences to insignificance, and make the effort pointless.

My preference is that you listen to them under “normal conditions” as you would any digital music file, and even though you may know which one is which, the test is simply to see if you can hear any differences in the two. Once that’s done, you can go on to blind testing if you so desire. With this type of test it is easy to do, you need simply get someone to rename the files (writing down which is which of course), and then listen to see if you can still detect the same differences in the two. Even if you can detect differences, its not always obvious to the uninitiated listener which one is the “treated” version and which one is the original! That’s where personal judgment comes in (which unfortunately, often prompts people to pick the worse version of some audio product!). It’s based on personal prejudices about what good sound should sound like. The more you learn about good sound, the more that tends to change. But that’s also what these type of tests are very good for.

(n.b. I don’t know if this is a permanent problem, but when I tried downloading a couple of the files in Internet Explorer. it appeared to be fine but only downloaded a few seconds of the files! When I tried again in Opera, it downloaded the full file no problem. So if you run into the same thing, try a different browser).

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