As most readers will remember, I have been writing a new book (non-fiction) that while terribly interesting, also seems to tie together a world of diverse woo-woo phenomena.
We tie, for example, a 1970 reported “flight through a time warp” with things like the Philadelphia Experiment, odd disappearances and happenings along certain crustal over-thrust areas (like the Plain of Nazca in Peru) along with solving – perhaps – previously unexplained phenomena that has had the CIA scratching its head about since the Robertson Panel investigation of “foo fighters” (the phenom, not the band) since the 1950’s.
The price of our research, however, was surprising when we got into the lab.
To over-simplify the book, it seems that dating all the way back to the seven priests who rode around Jericho for six days, and then on the seventh rode around blowing their shofars (now misnamed “trumpets” but really long ram’s horns) to bring down the walls, sound has had some properties that don’t “get enough respect.”
While the science will remain in the book, the mess in the lab is interesting.
For example, here’s one of the Bose Interaudio SA-200’s that at very modest sound levels (+93db) decided to walk across the test bench and leap to the floor. We don’t know how to figure it, but here’s what the speaker looked like after:
As you can see, the pressures encountered seem to have ripped the mid-range right out of its mounting, stripping screws and tearing up the MDF along the way.
When did this happen, you’re wondering? Oh, about here:
By the way, once I got the language set-up issues right, the KKmoon 40MHz Function Signal Generator Dual-channel DDS Arbitrary Waveform Pulse Signal Generator 1Hz-100MHz Frequency Meter($140, Amazon) had proven to be a very suitably friendly piece of equipment, giving us (for the most part) the same kind of waveform flexibility as in our BGK Precision 4040A and HP 8082A pulse generator combo.
This part of the experiment got us to about noon, or so. Zeus the Cat didn’t care for the noise, which was in the range as an obscure Swedish source wrote of Tibetan lifting horns (ragdons, similar to dengchens): It was sounding “kind of farty.”
We now have a growing pile of “lab casualties” from the project. We’re down one Bose/Interaudio SA-200, the Alesis RA 100 reference amplifier took a like. The right channel went out to lunch on both a JVC A-K22 integrated amp along with a Pioneer SA-730.
Whether these failures (3 amps and a speaker jumping off the (level) test table when I wasn’t looking) is connected with my experimenting is an area ripe for speculation. On the one hand, I could make a correctly reasoned deduction that “It’s old gear, so of course, it’s bound to fail sometime…”
But there’s another part of me that not quite so sure.
That’s because last week, before our house guest showed up, we had major malfunctions with a 55″ Roku Television that is less than one year old. We also had a DSL modem go tango-uniform.
It has been said around the net that some of the problem of CERN may relate – when looking for the Higgs-Boson (the so-called God Particle) that the project was beset with failures because God doesn’t really want to be contacted.
Whether our trivial experiments (so far) have constituted what would be a kind of “cosmic telemarketing call” from Ure is not clear. But if this is what the Almighty does in lieu of “hanging up on People” then that’s fine with us.
The rest of Sunday was spent getting ready for another rasher of tests. Just thin slices until we start to get some quantifiable data. And that means getting past the growing pile of dead equipment.
Not all the gear is toast… I’m pretty sure that I can revive most of it, although most of it is not worth the time or effort. The Roku (TCL) TV was kind of surprising.
But the good news about that failure is I found a nifty place to get replacement TV circuit boards. Turned out our Roku TCL 55 has three boards in it and we got the replacements coming from www.shopjimmy.com which has all kinds of neat TV replacement parts.
Put in your brand, see what’s available and go watch videos on what it will take to fix what ails your set.
In the event that you lack confidence, or you need another TV anyway, we picked up a replacement UHD TV from Walmart: Sceptre 55″ Class 4K (2160P) LED TV (U550CV-U) $309.99. I was looking at the higher resolution 3800 displays, but that and 65″ was up around $700. Me? Cheaper to move the chair closer if we need a bigger view than 55…
Side note on monitors (my, aren’t we drifting around this morning?) don’t forget you can now get streaming video to drive large monitors as “false windows around your home… Eventually this will likely bump up to UHD from mostly 1080, but as that happens, windows driven by Windows will be a reality as humans keep crawling deeper down the rabbit hole.
“We’re down three amplifiers, a UHD TV, a DSL modem, a perfectly good speaker, and you’re getting power interruptions on the power leg that feeds your equipment in the shop. How much experimenting do you think we can afford?” Elaine’s question was a good one.
I decided to wait on the next sacrificial amplifier until this morning. In the meantime, my buddy The Major recommended berming-up around the speakers with Museum Putty. “Can’t hurt..” Roger that.
I decided to spend Sunday afternoon reading what I could find in the way of foo fighter reports and working on cruising RPMs and prop speeds of WW II aircraft instead.
I figured that wouldn’t break any more stuff around the house…
But then I got thinking about an old Sony home entertainment system. Yeah, sure, dat’s it! I could use the 50 watt amp in that to drive my test speakers….
As I was getting up to go do exactly that? A filling fell out of a tooth.
Yeah…maybe we will back off for now…
Write when you get rich,