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Extreme Snake Oil

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I don't know if this qualifies as "extreme" snake oil, but $89 for a wood block seems close. Sono Ambra Phone Speaker
Well...it is ridiculously expensive. But it actually does something, which may disqualify it as snake oil.
 

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At least it looks like it sorta does something, acting like a mini megaphone. $89, though?
 

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Makes no claims that it doesn't likely fulfill. It is rather expensive for what it is as plastic or pine would probably sound the same and solid oak isn't cheap anymore. Absolutely not snake oil.
 

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Love that synergistic video, cheap ass potted talema transformers with stickers on them in their multi-thousand dollar does nothing mains box.
 
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The one positive thing I can say is that he's employing a bunch of people and paying them to do manual labor at what is probably a living wage.
Wow, you found a silver lining in all that snake oil!
 

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The one positive thing I can say is that he's employing a bunch of people and paying them to do manual labor at what is probably a living wage.

I watched the video.

At around 13:30 he says this is the listening room where all the double-blind testing occurs.

Of course any ASR member would immediately ask him exactly how they double-blind test, but that "interviewer" wasn't there to challenge anything the proprietor claims. (And of course, he found a way to show off his cars...)
 

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Technics has used the slogan "the science of sound" when they were making good audiophile products with measurements.

QED botches that by using the slogan "the sound of science", which should be changed to "the sound of snake oil" based on the following marketing.

"QED has an extensive range of high-quality products from entry level to high-end cables.

"Our reputation for innovation and technical excellence is known throughout the world.

"QED cables are engineered to the highest standards ..."
 

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Technics has used the slogan "the science of sound" when they were making good audiophile products with measurements.

QED botches that by using the slogan "the sound of science", which should be changed to "the sound of snake oil" based on the following marketing.

"QED has an extensive range of high-quality products from entry level to high-end cables.

"Our reputation for innovation and technical excellence is known throughout the world.

"QED cables are engineered to the highest standards ..."
I remember when QED made their basic 79 strand speaker cable (which fixed a lot of UK systems that were inadequately wired, without having to work out cable guage, material, etc) and simple, well constructed interconnects.
Come to that, I remember when the Chord Company made a few decently assembled standard cables and some "specials" for the Naim components of the time (they were a Naim spinoff of sorts).

Unlike some of the companies that sold dodgy stuff from the beginning, these companies gained the trust of their customers, and have proceeded to abuse that trust (quite possibly under different management or suchlike) with this innovation and technical excellence stuff. I'm sure the cables are well made but does it justify what looks like pseudoscience?

Like any other claimant, they can still win me over with proper evidence that their stuff works better. I guess I'll be waiting a long time, though.
 
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