DOUBLE REEF KNOT:

This refers to tying a single reef knot (aka “square knot”) in two wires. You can use the diagram in this link: how to tie a reef knot, or the step-by-step one below. The diagram below illustrates the procedure for garden-variety interocnnects. Obviously, much thicker IC’s would be difficult to impossible. I did state at the beginning of this section that none of these techniques work by affecting the signal. In case you’re still thinking in Newtonian modes and can’t stop, and you’re busy convincing yourself that this “knot in the IC trick” might be operating on conventional principles of signal processing (ie. because of a change in the way the signal is passing along the wire), try it on other cords, cables or wires in your home. For example, window blind cords, the AC wire from your toaster, kettle, mixer, iron or vacuum cleaner, or the cord on your ceiling fan in the next room, etc. If you found it effective on IC’s, I’m sure you will discover it is equally effective on those as well. Likewise, this trick will work equally well, even if you don’t plug the IC’s into anything.

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STEPS:

2.: White cable is folded under red cable.

3.: White cable is looped over the red cable.

4.: White cable goes into the loop to form a knot.

5. Both cables are pulled to make the knot tighter.

6. Note that the knot has moved up!

By playing with the knot in the white cable, you slide the knot up as far near the end of the cable as you can (pulling the red cable toward you so that the two even out). Then you tighten the knot well, ending up with a tight reef knot at the end of the pair of interconnects. Plug this knotted into into your input.

Notes: Additionally, you can increase the effect by adding cheap garden-variety IC’s to unused empty RCA (phono) sockets on the back of your equipment (amps, cd players, etc). This is also useful if your IC’s are too thick to reef knot. Just cut the length of a pair of cheap interconnects (ie. as in the picture below) in half. Then separate them to end up with 4 separate cables. Tie a reef knot at the connector end of each cable, as shown in Single Reef Knot technique. Plug these half-cables into your unused phono (RCA) sockets. In some cases, they may pick up unwanted radio signals, played as faint background noise. Small price to pay for better sound!). If you have two distinctly separate cables, proper reef knots are easier to do. However, if your IC cables are not already separated, I do not advise separating them more than a few inches, as this changes their electrical characteristics, and not in good ways IMHO.

SINGLE REEF KNOT:

This refers to tying a single reef knot in a single wire. The double reef is better, but there may be cases where this is necessary.

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1. White cable folded over itself.

2. Then folded under the loop formed.

3. Then the white connector goes into the lower half of the loop to form a knot.

4. The knot is then tightened (it will have an extra loop sticking out).

5. The knot is then slid toward the end of the cable, and the extra loop is reduced as much as possible.