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Quantum Mechanics and Burn-In

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I was reading the Zu website, as I have some curiosity about high-efficiency speakers.

This caught my eye first:

In 2001 Zu began tracking and investigating the effects of signal and power on various cables and loudspeaker systems and has stumbled on a few tricks and process that get us pretty excited. Electric burn-in seems to relate to the stressing of the insulator's electric behavior (Wave Mechanics or Quantum, both seem to get you there in this case), standing waves, or is it electron orbital, or is it electron clouds, or sets and metrics.... Interplay with van der Waals forces, electric standing waves and Pauli exclusion effects too; not only between signal / power and insulator but also the conductor and the conductors electric behavior. Catalyst for electronic change is the propagation of signal and its power component.
If someone wrote that on one of my exams, I would draw a red line through it and mark it "0".

This made me throw up a little in my mouth:

ZU ON THE ATOMIC

Humanity's creative prowess and appreciation for music is a clue to human awakening. Is mankind's understanding of the atomic world correct? Don't know, but if we look back in through history you would have to say it's unlikely, we only model as bold as we think. I know that I prefer wave mechanics and talk about the electronic in terms of standing waves—more the Schrodinger view—makes a ton of sense to a guy with a very strong acoustics bend. But it's the craziness that is Quantum that holds a lot of the keys or tricks to audio fidelity and real solutions for the electronic. Since the days of Rutherford, Born, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, and others, really since the general acceptance [sic] of the Copenhagen Interpretation of the atom, we have had these models by which a very high degree of observation and prediction can be made. This culmination of understanding, what is held as the new and current view of atomic physics, takes us back to the late 1920'—concepts and mathematics that we are still struggling to wrap our minds around. Despite being at odds and less than unified, Wave and Particle Mechanics, Matrices Math, and Quantum Theory are the language through which non-mechanical burn-in (electric) is to be comprehended. For most of us I would simply say, use your ears—God didn't just glue them on for looks you know. It's the sonic observations of change (observation and application) not the theoretical that have formed and guided audio freaks like you and I in our handling of the burn-in phenomenon.

Admittedly this might just be the result of a few too many bong hits, and is not quite as egregious as the claims here: Quantum-mechanical tunneling and cables - Blogs - Computer Audiophile

But, still …

Updated 09-02-2012 at 01:13 PM by wgscott

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  1. ringenesherre's Avatar
    LOL ... thanks for sharing this hilarious piece ;-)
  2. Jud's Avatar
    The Pauli Exclusion Principle reference is actually a very clever joke, indicating the entire discussion would have been excluded by Pauli as "not even wrong."
  3. wgscott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jud
    The Pauli Exclusion Principle reference is actually a very clever joke, indicating the entire discussion would have been excluded by Pauli as "not even wrong."
    That puts an interesting spin on it (pun intended, as always).
  4. AudioDoctor's Avatar
    WGScott, if you're ever in Minneapolis and want to listen to some Zu speakers, let me know. About all that gobbley gook above, I have nothing to say.
  5. wgscott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AudioDoctor
    WGScott, if you're ever in Minneapolis and want to listen to some Zu speakers, let me know. About all that gobbley gook above, I have nothing to say.
    That would almost be worth the trip just to meet you.
  6. AudioDoctor's Avatar
    I am pretty awesome... ;-)
  7. wgscott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AudioDoctor
    I am pretty awesome... ;-)
    I was beginning to worry you had left, never to return.

    Welcome back.
  8. AudioDoctor's Avatar
    Thanks. Life has a way of taking over from time to time.