Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mind. Blown. The Bybee AV Enhancers Synergize in a BIG way with Stein Harmonizers

I love accidental discoveries. Especially the kind that turn out in such a positive way. This is  one of those discoveries that really excites me for two reasons. 1) it outperforms the previous method of implementing my tweaks beyond my expectations, and 2) it is not as expensive to achieve as the previous method. Please read on.
Bybee AV Signal Enhancers
I have been experimenting with the Bybee AV Signal Enhancers as of late. It is a fairly new product from the mind of Jack Bybee. Quite simply, it is a 4"x 6" black plexiglass plaque filled with a blend of "stuff" that when placed under components, cables, and in close proximity to speakers seem to lower the noise floor much like his inline Bybee Quantum Purifiers do. Only these are completely passive. They are extremely effective, and inexpensive by audiophile standards ($119.95 each).



Steinmusic Harmonizers
I have been a huge proponent of the Steinmusic Harmonizer system since it's inception. They are one of the most effective tweaks I have ever come across, and they work. Every. Single. Time. In addition to creating a huge, wrap-around, holographic soundstage, they also clarify the midrange and high frequencies, allowing one to hear ultra low level information like never before, and doing so while sweetening the mids and highs. Something that really has to be heard to be believed.

The Synergy Discovery
My 4 Harmonizer system had been out on loan for some time, so when the Bybee AV Enhancers had arrived, I had no Stein Harmonizers. I was getting some nice results from using the AV Enhancers by themselves. I had them under my power conditioner, my digital sources, and my power cables.  Their was a nicer ease and flow to the music, with of course the lowered noise floor and accompanying enlarged soundstage. Pretty damn good considering the investment.

The Harmonizers arrived from Audition a few days later at my home, and I put them in my system there in the evening. The effect with the 4 Harmonizers and AV Enhancers placed under the components was like having 6 to 8 harmonizers with a full compliment of Blue diamonds and Stones.  Mind you I hadn't even strategically placed the AV Enhancers to work with the Harmonizers in the room! They were still located under my system's components and cables.

Moving the AV enhancers out into the room really opened up the soundstage. To the point of the room boundaries nearly disappearing, and creating a surround-sound type of effect. Crazy!

I was actually able to remove 2 of the Harmonizers, and still maintain more of a  holographic sound, resolution and balance that was normally associated with 4 Harmonizers and a full compliment of stones.  At that point I knew I had really stumbled on to something.  There was a very powerful synergy between the Stein Harmonizers and AV Enhancers. So much so that I actually experienced better results with 4 or 5 AV Enhancers and only 2 Stein Harmonizers than I ever experienced with 4 Harmonizers, 10 stones, and 4 Blue Diamonds.

So for less money, I could achieve a much better result.

The Math
  • My previous reference system: Stein Harmonizer Platinum system (4 Harmonizers, 10 Stones) with 4 additional blue diamonds: $4700
  • The new reference system: 2 Stein Harmonizers with 5 Bybee AV Enhancers: $2648
The new reference system is SIGNIFICANTLY better, and costs $2100 less. If you feel the need to spend more, invest in more Bybee AV Enhancers.

Placement
I placed the Harmonizers (1 "A" version, 1 "B" version) in the corners of the room behind and to the outside of the loudspeakers from where I sat to listen. I put an AV enhancer atop each loudspeaker, and one in the corners of the room behind my listening position. I had one also on the ceiling, centered between my listening position and the speakers.


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