I’m in receipt of the Talisman and have tried it on numerous CDs, LPs and DVDs… damn! And to think I doubted you. A truly serious upgrade without spending serious money. A sheen has been removed from the top and I can hear farther into the recording than ever before, whatever the format. It definitely benefits LP playback more, at least on my system (a Linn rig). Mids are more palpable and instruments play more to their natural voice.
I’m a member of the St. Louis Symphony and recordings that I have participated in sound more like the sound I hear when I’m in the midst of my colleagues on stage at Powell Hall. Thanks for your help.
O ye of little faith… Seriously, could you ever be without it now? And the private email I sent you explaining how to get even more out of the device surely meant an even greater improvement in the sound of your system. The kind of change you describe — for a couple hundred bucks! — is practically unheard of nowadays, but of course you heard it, I heard it, everybody hears it. The only people who don’t hear it are the people who are so skeptical that they cannot allow themselves the opportunity to hear it.
This is the kind of thinking that I rather unkindly refer to as Stone Age Audio. If you don’t believe audio has made huge strides in recent years, you simply haven’t taken advantage of the Revolutionary Changes in Audio we talk about on the site. Talisman? Magic Pillow? Hallographs? These things can’t work!
Of course it’s easy to say that if you’ve never heard them, not so easy once you have. If you’re happy with the sound of your stereo, don’t really see the need to make it sound any better, hey, you sure don’t need any of these products.
If, however, you, like us, are THRILLED with the fact that the sound of your favorite recordings is constantly improving, then you need to have a little faith in your friends here at Better Records. We talk the talk because we walk the walk, five days a week and twice on Sunday. My [old] annual tweaking budget is easily in the multi-hundreds of hours; that’s what it takes to make improvements of the kind that we have implemented over the years. With a system like mine, nine out of ten things I try don’t work. It’s that tenth one that makes it all worthwhile.
For our customers, however, we make it so easy. The devices we recommend are guaranteed to work or your money back. They do not require hours of tedious tweaking and listening in search of an appreciable change (that might never materialize). The equipment and sound improving devices we recommend make a DRAMATIC and OBVIOUS change right from the get go.
The only people who don’t know that are the ones who haven’t tried them. Perhaps with a little more faith…
The Walker Talisman
It works! The improvement is EXTRAORDINARY.
Every shootout record, every potential Hot Stamper we play, is sure to get demagnetized from here on out. Like you we want to hear our records at their best. A serious cleaning followed by the Talisman’s “Magnetic Optimization” is the only way to ensure you’re getting the most from your records. We cannot recommend this product any more highly!
Just recently I had a chance to visit a friend who has a large dedicated room and a very expensive, potentially (when it’s working right) very good sounding system. After using the Talisman on a bright and phony sounding original pressing of Surrealistic Pillow, the sound was SO MUCH BETTER everyone in the room was blown away. The ridiculously bright tambourine we had just heard suddenly sounded correct, with lovely sweet and extended overtones and solid body, something that no one who had heard it before could possibly have expected or predicted. It was one of the most remarkable transformations I have heard in my thirty five years of audiophilia.
Dollar for dollar it’s hard to imagine how anything you can do to your stereo can make the sort of difference the Talisman does. For cheap tweaks, Aurios and the Talisman are the place to start to get the most bang for your audio buck. If you have more than that to spend, after those two, Hallographs would be next on my list. Notice that these items do not require you to change any equipment you already own. They don’t fix your equipment, they simply allow your equipment to do what it’s designed to do.
And they have one more feature in common: they always work. I have never heard the sound not improved by any of the three we mention above, and usually the difference is dramatic. Unlike most tweaks, these are not system dependent, which is why we like to offer them to our customers. We know they will like them.