The Freeze Effect
The Freeze Effect, as reported by an audio enthusiast in Audiophile, and another article that shows it even made The Suday Times of London. I also seem to recall reading an article about it in the New York Times, and Robert Harley wrote an article about the phenomenon in Stereophile’s “As We See It” column, which included methodical tests, as well as a few in the UK audio press and the online audio press (see below). So overall there have been a number of articles and pieces written on this effect since the 80’s, not just for the audiophile crowd. But what’s wrong with this picture? Check the date in the articles, for one: 1993. I did say the effect has been known since the 80’s, yes? And what’s come of it? Shouldn’t it have turned the audio community on its ear? Shouldn’t it be as natural as spiking your speakers to audiophiles the world over?
Yet it isn’t. Because even today, when you propose the idea to most audiophiles, they look at you with a blank stare. So why isn’t it well in practice the world over, by audio hobbyists, musicians and all music lovers that can benefit from this remarkable effect? I think that’s an important question we must all ask. It isn’t because the effect is “delusionary”, as audio cynics will always say about all new ideas that threaten their limited world views. The practice of freezing audio products is even used by some high end audio and musical instrument companies today (none of which understand the phenomenon half as well as Mr. Belt, I might add….). Very few audiophiles get involved with the practice, and even fewer non-audiophiles, who could benefit just as much. And the reasons are…. “the politics of science”? “Social conformity”? “Ignorance?” (unawareness of the idea). Well, in any case, I think it would make a good discussion for the Advanced Audiophile forums!
“Peter Belt Transformed My System”, John Peter. Audiophile, issue July 1993.
“When The Thaw Finally Arrives”, Tom Marsden. Audiophile, issue March 1993.
“Scientists Cool Over Iced CD’s”, Mark Skipworth. The Sunday Times, October 1993