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Why would these work?

Discussion in 'audio' started by matfff, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. matfff

    matfff pfm Member

  2. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member


    Looks like a fun and uneconomical way to mechanically strain your preamp inputs!
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2021
  3. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    It's complete and utter bollox!!!!

    Simple tip folks.... When it comes to wire and connectors and grounding methods then if it hasn't been around since the 1950's it's probably bollox.
  4. Shane2468

    Shane2468 pfm Member

    These snake oil brands deserve to go bust!

    narabdela likes this.
  5. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    I’d love to take a hacksaw to one of these to see exactly what (if anything) is inside.

  6. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Next from Chord, a £600 suppository to enhance listener performance and all other sorts of great benefits. As long as it is user installable and made from CNC aluminum it will be a great success!

  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    They deserve to be in jail IMO!! There is not even the slightest possibility of any such thing having any effect, not even theoretically never mind practically. Therefore anything and everything they say to sell them is pure lies and the ASA should be in like Flynn!
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Indeed, if you wanted to design an RCA/XLR socket removal tool it would look exactly like that.
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  9. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

    Fools and their money blah blah blah. Charlatans have been around since the year dot selling magic beans, dieting pills, hair restorer and all sorts of other things but I doubt there is another industry where so much fraud has taken place as there has been in the Hifi industry. I’ve probably even been the victim over the years trying out all sorts of wire before finally convincing myself that any wire with even vaguely average properties of L/C/R sounds exactly the same.
  10. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    Using shorting plugs into unused inputs can improve snr on amplifiers with less than optimal input arrangements
  11. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    Not to mention the darned things probably put more strain on the connectors etc. on the devices themselves that they plug into.
  12. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    In which case it's probably cheaper to buy a properly designed component than shell out on a set of those!

    I'd say they're a fairly likely candidate to find themselves in front of the trading standards authority and if they are unable to substantiate their claims will join the ranks of other fairly recently convicted miscreants such as Naim and Russ Andrews.

    You'd think they'd have the sense not to go there.

    Marketing rule 101, if there's somebody willing to pay for a thing then there's bound to be somebody bright enough to sell it to them.
    torstoi likes this.
  13. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I think they're suppose to minimise vibrations. I'm not sure that will work.
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  14. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Are these similar to shorties that some folks use on unused inputs ? Seen this quite a lot
  15. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    In function possibly but certainly not in price. Shorties are also foo in most applications but at least they're inexpensive foo.
    torstoi likes this.
  16. tpetsch

    tpetsch pfm Member

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  17. topa

    topa Sans CDPs

    Oh good, I don‘t need to bother with Chord as a whole now anymore. Had been keeping an eye out for a s/h Dac, but my golden rule is if they sell shit somewhere in their line-up, dont touch the rest!!!
  18. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

  19. matfff

    matfff pfm Member

    I’m fairly sure that the Chord Company Limited (cables and these whatever they are’s) and Chord Electronics (DAC’s & Amps) are entirely separate organisations, despite the name. Could be wrong mind.
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  20. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    Quite correct, entirely separate and I'm sure Chord electronics might be less than delighted with the implicit suggestion that their flagship model can be substantially improved by these products.

    There is some validity and credibility to external cabinet damping but why it needs to plug into unused inputs is beyond me!

    I'll admit to having an empty shoebox sleeve on top of my 82 for exactly that reason.

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