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The Mad Scientist Ultimate Collection.
Consists of: •2 of the Mad Scientists top of the line NEO power cords in standard length 4 feet long each. Mad Scientist sells these for $399 each . •25 of the Magic Tubes. Mad Scientist sells 25 of these for $500.
•BlackPods 1set of 3. Mad Scientists sells these for $179 a set.
Description: The NEO Power Cords Use specially sourced 11AWG high quality OFC copper wire with wound Teflon insulation. Standard cord is approximately 1.2 meters (4 feet). The NEO use a layer of cotton over the conductors, for both enhanced dielectric properties and damping. And unlike most power cords, the NEO is completely hand-built - the way the wires are wound is unique as far as I know, balancing electrical and mechanical effects with noise-cancellation as the aim.
Magic Tubes The Magic Tubes total of 25 with 2 of them in the special longer length for speakers. Attach with Blue Tac or similar product. The picture shows much of the blue Tac still on the tubes easy to remove and/or replace. Mad Scientist sells them for 5 for $99 or $500 for 25. “They are small glass tubes, about 4-5cm long and 6mm diameter. They contain a mixture of black and white powders. (The powder is sealed in the glass as it degrades on contact with air.) The reason for the "Magic" moniker is down to the effect they have on audio system components. It seems so unlikely, that such a thing can have any effect, let alone a profound one. To use Magic Tubes, attach to various elements of your audio system. Typically these places are the first to try: Interconnects - attach to one end or the other, just after the RCA plug. Can use sticky tape. Or try attaching to the plug. Usually works better at one end or the other, so try both. Loudspeaker cables. I use on both ends, on both wires. Again, I attach with sticky tape or double-sided tape. Power Cords - stick on the IEC inlet plug. DC power umbilical cords. Transformers, inductors in crossovers, etc. What is the Effect? The first thing to note is that they don't work fully to start with. They do usually make an audible difference when you put them on, but this is not the final result. What happens (in my experience) is that they take around an hour to start working properly. After 30 mins you can notice some treble improvement, then later on the bass improves and fills in. This one hour "settling time" occurs every time you move the tubes - I think that it's due to the special materials relaxing into the earth's local magnetic field. So don't move them once they are in position. You don't need to be playing music during the settling time, but it also doesn't hurt if you do. I find the effect is hard to explain, as it seems to do several things - increase dynamics, broaden and deepen the soundstage, bass goes deeper, treble detail enhanced. One tester said "improvement in intricate articulation of detail - not to mention improvement in dynamics"
BlackPods BlackPods Mad Scientist sells these for $179 a set. “The Black Pods take a different approach; firstly they provide a secure path to ground in the vertical direction, so that vibrations generated or picked up by the component are channeled to earth. The structure has been designed to be as non-resonant as possible, using lossy composites and lead. BlackPods also use Constrained Layer Damping to attack vibrations that occur in the horizontal direction, using a lossy elastomer that converts movement to heat. But BlackPods don't just work 'in theory'..they are the result of extensive listening tests, to tune the materials and construction. The first thing you'll notice moving from cheap footers is that the music is somehow bigger and more expansive. The soundstage is wider and deeper, with a real sense of the acoustic of the venue, rather than disconnected echoes just giving you some hints. And dynamics are more powerful, but at the same time, the powerful parts of the music interfere less with the more subtle parts. After prolonged listening you'll find increased involvement and desire to listen to your old music again. Always a good sign. BlackPods Nanotech, TC and Ceramic are ~55mm diameter, and ~31mm high. They weigh around 140g (about 5oz) each depending on the ball used. BlackPod footers are designed to couple firmly in the vertical (up-down) direction, while allowing a small amount of damped movement in the other two horizontal planes. They are also designed to be as non-resonant as possible, and incorporate mechanical diodes embedded inside. The result is a footer that outperforms simple cones and such by a wide margin. BlackPod ceramic footers consist of two Blackpods with Alumina ceramic balls, and one with a Zirconia ceramic ball. (both of which are harder than tool steel) Why only one Zirconia ball? Well primarily because it sounds better that way. Having one ball different to the other two sounds better than all three balls the same.”