What’s the worst marketing snake oil you’ve ever experienced first hand? Sales pitch, actual purchase, etc

J

JengaHit

Junior Audioholic
Never spent ridiculous money like $1500 on speaker or interconnect cables. But when I first started buying equipment a salesman at a hifi shop sold me some Kimber speaker cable for $240. I also got snookered into buying interconnects for $150/pr. (I'm not an engineer.) Then I began reading posts on forums frequented by pro-recording engineers. They all use Canare, Mogami, or Belden (~.40 - .99 cents/ft) for neutrality, reliability, and durability. Reading articles from Audioholics and Blue Jeans Cables also helped me. I figured what was good enough for pros was good enough for me.
 
Kingnoob

Kingnoob

Audioholic General


I wouldn’t buy one but that’s snake

oil !!!


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Kvn_Walker

Kvn_Walker

Audioholic General
It's hard for me to read the forums at Audiogon sometimes. I try to read other people's opinion on certain equipment, and eventually every thread starts turning into a snake oil bragging contest. Their power cords, RCA cables, or magic bag of rocks added that last little bit of air to the soundstage....

The companies who sell this stuff are laughing all the way to the bank. Jokes on me for not taking advantage myself, I guess.

Source, amp, speakers are 95% of the equipment concerns, and where the money needs to go. Make sure your interconnects aren't faulty, your power cords are rated for the equipment load, and then get your room acoustics right.
 
Auditor55

Auditor55

Audioholic General
I can tell you when I first got into home theater 5-6 years ago I had my eye on those MIT speaker cables and was literally about to pull the trigger when I read an article that I believe was on Audioholics about speaker cable tests. My first system ever was an Onkyo 7.1 HTiB and going from TV speakers to that I thought that was as good as it got, the salesman at Best Buy told me the single 10” subwoofer would “shake my house” just for fun I measured it a few months ago and it was -6dB at 35Hz.
Define "snake oil"?
 

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