HELIUS DESIGNS: Magic Pebbles, an explanation of tonearm bias and …

In my first article, I wrote about those wizened beings who occasionally materialise from the ether, intent on stretching the boundaries of plausibility with their over-active imaginations. These people would have us believe that a generous sprinkling of their particular flavour of fairy dust on your hi-fi will transport it to the realms of godliness.

After publication, I was contacted by one of Helius’ distributors who suggested he’d been persuaded by one such Svengali and purchased a packet of ‘Magic Pebbles’ ....guaranteed ( for a remarkably modest price that entered three figures ) to transform your hi-fi into a dynamic, larger-than-life super system that would thrash anything selling for 3 times the price.

All that was required was to place these colourful crystals in strategic locations around your power-amp.

At this juncture, I know what you’re thinking – here comes the ridicule...alas not.

Apparently, and much to the consternation of the distributor in question, these Magic Pebbles did appear to have some positive effect. ( Don’t you just hate it when that happens?)

For part 1 of 3 please click Helius bias paper 1 of 3

For part 2 please click Helius bias paper 2 of 3

For part 3 please click Helius bias paper 1 of 3