Spinning Up a Room Charge
Using Bybee Room Neutralizers is easy, plus guidance is offered on the Bybee Technology website. You stick or hang 2, 3 or 4 of them on listening room walls, even behind decorations.
Depending on your room challenges, preferred placement is generally behind the speakers in or near the corners, on side or back walls, about 3-4 feet from the floor. Three are effective spread across a wall behind the loudspeakers. Additional devices (active or passive) may be placed at mirror points on the rear wall, sidewalls, on the ceiling, or behind the listening position.
Oddly, the effect is slow to develop, taking up to two or even three days to fully “charge” an area. By listening and experimenting with placement you can fine-tune for best results. But it can be a subtle process because movement of a few inches can change the sound, yet take overnight to become fully apparent. Unplugging them for a few minutes does not immediately collapse the effect, but it will dissipate quickly. The impacts of AC plug polarity or power conditioning are unknown but merit exploration.
The Black Box Problem
Bybee Technologies Room Neutralizers improve listening at a frontier where no cable technology, power conditioner or conventional room treatment can go. Amazing technologies and noteworthy innovations are being introduced to our hobby at a surprising pace. It’s unfortunate that imprecise or counterintuitive descriptions can serve to slow or block acceptance of such audio breakthroughs. Inertia, secrecy, little sympathy from the mainstream audio press, and outright hostility from dogmatic quarters slow their widespread adoption.
And sadly, in our intensely competitive global marketplace, competent detailed explanations of proprietary design concepts place them in jeopardy of imitation, reverse engineering or theft,
patented or not. Commercial stealth contributes to the aura of black box mystery, hustle and voodoo. Not to mention that some of these advanced ideas remain classified secrets: “I can sell it to you, but if I explain how it works I’ll have to
Unfortunately, this leaves inventors of effective new technologies vulnerable to critics asserting that tweaks enhance only the wallets of their purveyors, are frauds that cannot be explained with technical precision, or might actually induce distortion in otherwise well-designed components. Yet I note that such dissenters rarely actually test the validity of the claims they dispute with direct observation of their own. And, frankly, most of us don’t exactly understand how our cars, cell phones, computers or medicines work, but we appreciate their enhancements to our daily lives.
Bybee had a series of hunches followed up by research and observation, tested by trial and error (in short, the scientific method). But Jack is no bench-top inventor. For decades, his associations beyond audio have included major high tech companies from aerospace to automotive.
Bybee iQSE: “internal Quantum Signal Enhancers”
Jack’s newest invention contains a mystery material placed inside audio components, “internal Quantum Signal Enhancers” ($150). They’re small blocks (4 inches wide x 2 inches deep x ½ inch thick) containing a proprietary crystal substance that has a powerful influence in close proximity to electronics. They function similarly to his earlier, slightly larger Quantum Signal Purifiers but with a far stronger effect.
Bybee says his crystals activate the C-13 carbon atoms influencing protons in a predictable manner, “aligning certain molecules by reducing proton spin.” Listening demonstrates their usefulness. The benefits of iQSE in my system are improved overall detail and dynamics. Bass coherence and punch, especially the leading edge of low bass, is enhanced. Acceleration of bass attack is noticeable enough to change the apparent pacing of familiar music.
Soundstage depth, definition of instruments and the space around them are enhanced. Location cues are more vivid, apparent listening space is expanded with added depth behind the speakers. Sonic images have greater lateral extension aiding the “disappearing act.” I perceive the music floating more freely, yet at the same time being more solid and better grounded. Not surprising since these are the very qualities that Bybee products have generally contributed to my systems for years.
My David Berning OTL tube monoblock amplifiers and preamp have proven remarkably resistant to most tweaks; they responded only mildly positively to iQSE. But my loudspeakers reacted vividly.
Additional bass thrust, speed and slam resulted from attaching iQSE to my Legacy Focus SE speakers with sticky tack low in back at the terminal panels (presumably near the crossovers). Placement at top front edge of the speaker subtly encouraged a silky midrange presence and a smoothly shimmering top end; the combination taking this loudspeaker’s performance to a new level.
In fact I took the trade-off of moving two iQSE from the monoblocks in order to have four on the loudspeakers. I achieved best overall results deploying eight iQSE samples (and I bought them all). One was placed in the DAC, one in the preamp, two each on loudspeakers and two were placed at the fuse panel.
Infusing the Fusebox
One of the more striking demonstrations of iQSE was quite unexpected. Among Bybee’s early adopters, one had reported success when inserting iQSE at the inputs and outputs of a house electrical utility meter. Lacking easy access to the meter leads I stuck 2, 3 or 4 of the mildly magnetic gizmos onto the face of the breaker switch panel.
Wow, the effect was not subtle, richly multiplying the benefits mentioned above. Surprisingly, images on television from the cable box and DVD player (excluded from my AC conditioner) were more vivid. Greater color saturation and detail were conspicuous.
Keep in mind this is a recently updated home electrical system. My audio gear is treated with AC power conditioning by Synergistic Research. Household circuit-quieting products from Acoustic Revive, High Fidelity and Akiko are already deployed. Altogether it was a stunning demonstration of the efficacy and potential of Bybee’s technology. Apparently iQSE can be a powerful enhancement to household electrical systems. Naturally, your mileage may vary.
Now in his late-eighties, Jack Bybee continues to be avidly engaged in elaborate R&D. For instance he’s researching application of these technologies in electric motors and internal combustion engines. Jack says he’s demonstrated power and efficiency improvements up to 30%!
Additive Atomic Magic
These multifarious methodologies yield escalating, overlapping listening improvements. As I’ve found, tweaks need not be in the signal path nor attached to equipment for profound improvements. I love their additive, flexible nature. I’ve rarely observed a conflict usually there’s synergy.
For instance, I’m using multiple Bybee tools in coordination with other active and passive room conditioning in a listening room containing Shakti Hallographs, conventional corner quarter-tube low-frequency absorbers and an Acoustic Revive 888. The 888 is an active Schumann resonance generator, yet another valid technology, being widely developed for room/electronics conditioning.
I have yet to note a conflict between this latest generation of Bybee devices and, for instance, products from Akiko and Acoustic Revive, which also profoundly change the sound of electronics via proprietary effects. Each one a divergent technology, but each is beneficial in its own additive way.
Keep in mind that most of these products are in the range of a few hundred dollars each. Fortunately, they can be auditioned without risk thanks to the money-back policies of reputable web-based retailers. I’ve had good luck with The Cable Company and Tweek Geek, who can offer guidance, audition or 30-day returns.
From entry-level electronics to state-of-the-art gear, your equipment will richly reward proper care and feeding: clean power, high quality interconnects, vibration control, tweaks and room neutralization. Medium-quality or entry-level gear will often respond remarkably well to the mysteries I’m describing. If you love your gear yet crave an upgrade, improvement or intervention, this is an economical and entertaining path to enhancing what you already own or are likely to acquire.
These discoveries are bringing profound improvements to our hobby. Modern inventors are expanding the frontiers of our ability to intervene in our listening environment. You’re in for a pleasant surprise if you pause for investigation and let modern wizards like Bybee spin quantum pixie dust in your listening room, system and ears.
Holzversion des QSE, aktiv mit eingebauter Batterie, Lebensdauer geschätzt 10 Jahre, auch danach noch aktiv (geschätzt 50%)
Hallo Herr Wessig
Gerne können Sie meinen Bericht verwenden...
So einen Klangfortschritt mit Kabel oder größeren Netzteilen anderen Komponenten zu Verwirklichen würde viele 1000€ kosten...
Bin wieder mal tief beeindruckt:
Check der Bybees QSE:
Um es kurz zu machen: die Sh... kommen in den Audiomarkt, dort sind sie aber nicht alleine
Je nach Anwendung sind die QSE´s ein absolutes „Must have“ oder auch „da bitte nicht“. Meine Reihung must have:
· CD-Player über dem Laufwerk
· CD-Player über dem Wandler
· Netzteil Vorstufe
· Netzteil Endstufen (2x Mono)
· Netzleiste – Zuleitungskabel beim Stecker
· Netzleiste – bei den Kabelauslässen
· Im Übertrager drinnen
Mist, das wird ja echt viel….
CD-Player – bitte immer 2
Ich dachte am CD-Player über dem Laufwerk ist ein QSE eh schon wirklich eine wahnsinns Steigerung: Raum geht auf, Luft, natürlichere Farben,
Dann habe ich genau daneben noch einen QSE am CD-Player gelegt wo die Wandler darunter sind: nicht nochmals 5-10% mehr, sondern die selbe Steigerung wie beim Ersten: Bandmaschinen Feeling!
Vor allem hat die Dynamik extrem zugenommen. Keinerlei Künstlichkeiten..
Mehr Dynamik, Durchzeichnung, Kraft,
noch einen weiteren QSE bei den Stromkabel die aus Leiste rauskommen anlehnen: schiebt noch mehr an, reißt so richtig an…
Netzteile Endstufen und Vorstufe:
Sh... ist dagegen matt und langsam…
QSE: Raum reißt auf, Luft, Fluss, Farben,….
Hier kommt das neueste Produkt aus der Bybee Familie, der iQSE zum Einsatz in Geräten. Kleiner als der QSE innerhalb eines Gerätes leicht mit Klebeband anzubringen tritt die Wirkung nach kurzer Zeit ein! Fantastisch!
Im Sicherungskasten der Hammer!
Auf dem Terminal am Lautsprecher der Hammer!
The new Bybee iQSE is designed to be installed inside of components. The iQSE is a passive device that is activated by electromagnetic energy and works at it’s best inside of components where the electromagnetic energy is at the highest concentration.
Placement can be done simply by using the attached double stick tape and placing the unit on any part of the inside of the component chassis. This product works similar to the popular QSE, but it’s small footprint and design makes it ideal for internal placement. Once installed the iQSE creates an electric and magnetic field that in turn effects the surrounding electrons, rendering them more streamline and efficient. The results are a stunning improvement in overall musicality!
Die aktuelle Version ist jetzt auch wood wie die QSE, Wirkungsweise und Aufbau sind aber identisch mit der Acrylversion der iQSE aus der ersten Charge. Laut Aussage von Marc Stambuck Bybee Technologies wurde lediglich die Optik angepasst.