From: Bassman59a@yahoo.com (Andy Peters)
Subject: Re: Bullshit wins v. science
Date: 5 Nov 2002 14:05:01 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 5 Nov 2002 22:05:01 GMT
"Michael Painter" wrote in message news:...
> "Andy Peters" wrote in message
> > "Dave Fenner" wrote in message
> > > On a rare visit to local electronics retailer (Comet) I could find
> > > only gold plated RCA plugs @ at £25 $38 for 4, 'digital' aerial
> > > co-ax, 'special' TV to audio leads @ £54 $80 each, and no ordinary
> > > beefy cable for speakers only the 'oxygen free' at really silly
> > > money.
> > The biggest bunch of bullshit to come down the pike in many years is
> > the Linearizer:
> > http://www.linearizer.com/
> > Believe it or not, the thing costs $25,000. I have a copy of their
> > lease agreement. It's ludicrous beyond words.
> If it can eliminate feedback and not muddy the sound, the other claims,
> seeming supported by testimonials will not matter.
> To me a feedback is just an unpleasant noise.
> To the artist it is a painful potential career ending disaster.
> There are devices that suppress it but the artists don't always want to use
> it because they don't like the sound that comes out.
> If they work, and the buyers will listen to them, they will sell a ton.
The problems with this device, and their claims, are simple.
First, the things are $25,000. If they were as good as they claim,
you'd think they'd want to get one in the hands of the top live-sound
mixers in the biz, as well as into the hands of product reviewers that
write for the usual magazines. However, this company clearly doesn't
want anyone to do an unbiased review, and what's worse, is that they
won't allow any sort of measurements to be performed on the unit.
(Not that the second requirement is an issue; how are they gonna know
that you hooked up an AP-1 to it?)
Besides, they claim that it's NOT a filter. Yet by its very
definition, reducing feedback and noise is filtering.
Clearly, if their product WORKED as advertised, you'd be hearing about
it. Their legal paperwork is longer than their technical info. That
Download their MP3s. They're quite enlightening.
Sure, as a live sound mixer, I prefer a feedback-free stage. Ya know
what? I can get it, too, by proper selection of microphones, monitor
wedges and positioning, or, even better, in-ear monitoring. And it
sure as shit doesn't cost $25,000 for ONE channel.