labels.jpgThis is also one of my favourite Beltian experiments. Not necessarily because it’s controversial (actually, there are probably very few people in this world who even know about it!), but because of the type of effect it has on sound. So long as you don’t remove the wrong labels, it’s not that difficult to get right. So how does it work? Simple. You remove labels! Labels are bad! However…. some labels are good! But… since this is Belt 101, and these are only experiments to determine whether these techniques can have any effect on our perception of sound, we’re not going to get too complicated here. I will simply advise that you remove the adhesive product labels from the back of your audio equipment.

If you can, do a good job and remove the gluey residue that is left behind as well (you guessed it, it too has an effect on sound). The only thing I will advise against removing in this text, is the make and model no. of the device. Also, if you happen to see any bar codes silkscreened on the device, you should cover that up with paper. (Tip for true Beltists: Much more effective crossing out the barcode with the Red X Coordinate Pen, and if you have any, cross out silkscreened warning labels and electrocution symbols).

(Tip for true Skeptics: Presuming you’ve heard the label effect and you’re now trying hard to figure out how it works… Well in case you decide to get really imaginative and hypothesize that because it’s on the back of the equipment, it must be having some sort of effect related to resonances or EMI or RFI or CAD or CAM or FBI or GUD or GPS etc….. here’s a simple variation: remove the labels from a device that has nothing to do with your audio chain. It doesn’t even have to be in the same room. It will have a similar effect).