one_froggy_evening_beer.jpgWelcome to my favourite part of the site. Most of these techniques were generously donated by kind permission of PWB Electronics Inc. The great Chinese philospher Confucius, told us “Every great journey begins with a single step”. The audio improvement experiments on your left are that single step. But sadly, many audio enthusiasts won’t take that first step simply because they don’t understand how they can work, and if they don’t understand how something works, or the explanation makes no sense to them, they won’t try it.Eventhough most only take a few minutes to complete. They will however be happy to argue against the ideas with you for months on end.

If you are one of those, please read this part of the section of The Audio Skeptics F.A.Q.: “Q. I choose to believe in “real” audio ideas, products that work on what is already known.”. If you wish to try some of the following ideas, whether to try to improve your sound for free, find out more about the Belt phenomenon hands-on, or simply indulge yourself in scientific experiments of a novel nature (because you have a scientifically curious mind), read on!

Before you engage in any of the experiments below, please read the How To Listen guide first (especially if you think you already know how to listen!). It is essential to the proper evaluation of these experiments. It’s also important to keep in mind that none of these techniques are meant to substitute as an evaluation of PWB’s products. Any one of their products are far more effective (in terms of good sound), than any one of the techniques. If you wish to evaluate PWB’s products, it’s not difficult to do, and you can check out their website in the Links menu for info on that.

I said elsewhere that Belt’s ideas are often as much a test of one’s open-mindedness as anything else. Some, perhaps all of these ideas, will seem “unacceptably silly” to many. Many Beltists found that getting over that mental hurdle was the difference between enlightenment and darkness. Although reverse placebos (the idea that something can’t make a difference therefore you will convince yourself you didn’t hear one) don’t help anybody, some Belitsts were able to eventually discover the effect despite their initial prejudices. If one technique doesn’t do it for you, try some of the others. Each one has their own level of efficacy, and as with most things, those ideas which can be applied multiple times (ie. L-shapes), will have a greater effect in multiple numbers. The important thing to remember is that anyone can benefit from these ideas, whether audiophile or videophile (most of these ideas used effectively can ehance video as well). Or whether you are not at all part of any such hobby. It doesn’t matter whether you are a believer or a disbeliever, none of it works on auto-suggestion, and anyone who enjoys better reproduction of music or video benefits!

pitch-drop.jpgIn a society of like-minded sheep, Peter Belt is an independent thinker, and as close to a creative genius as we’ve ever seen in audio. In my estimate, he may well be 100 years ahead of everyone else in the audio industry. It is for this reason that these ideas seem incredibly far-fetched and implausible by most people, because they are not now anywhere near where he was twenty five years ago with this. These aren’t just “novel tweaks” in a list, but a small aspect of a very profound and important scientific phenomenon, that has existed for perhaps millions of years.

So for the most part, I haven’t endeavoured to explain how they are purported to work or why they should at all. One reason being it won’t be believed by the inexperienced, and will only get in the way of the evaluation process. Even though there is actually good logical reasoning behind every idea. Despite none of it being obvious to the layperson (or arguably, anyone but Peter!). If you really do wish to learn more regarding theory, I touch upon some of the background in The Tao of Beltism in the Information section. The rest can be found on PWB’s site, and the key to understanding much of that it seems, requires delving into the research of various scientific disciplines (such as quantum mechanics and anthropology).

The important thing is not to allow theory to put a spanner in your wheels of scientific exploration. This is the fallacy of audio cynics the world over, and the primary reason why Beltists remain way ahead of the curve, even though we would rather not! So learn how to listen, listen, experiment, listen some more, experiment some more, and above all, have fun! The worst that will happen is you will get to hear your favourite music once again. And whether you can or can not ever hear differences wrought by any one of these ideas, it will be a learning experience. You’re never too old to learn new things!

 

“If I had to live my life over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.” —Natine Sanger