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By the time he noticed the "refrigerator problem," Hugh Campbell had spent four years and a fortune building his stereo system, one super-sleek gizmo at a time. He bought a pair of handcrafted loudspeakers, each more than five feet tall. He bought a CD player, a preamplifier, two amplifiers, a digital-analog processor and a tuner - - all gorgeous boxes of brushed steel and blinking red diodes.

The system cost $140,000. The cables alone -- just the wires that connect the various components -- set him back a little more than the price of a new Volkswagen Jetta. Altogether the thing weighed more than 1,000 pounds, much of it perched on a stand fitted with a special air bladder to reduce vibrations and improve fidelity. In his modest house in McLean, Campbell pointed the speakers to a spot in the middle of his living room, then carefully positioned his favorite leather chair so the music of Bach and Mahler caromed off at the precise height of his ears.

Great, he thought. But not perfect. Every time the refrigerator kicked on, it swallowed a little gulp of electricity, which, he believed, degraded the sound of his stereo ever so slightly.

Ignore it? Unplug the fridge? No way. Campbell headed back to the store and purchased a pair of power regenerators, which smooth out the electricity coming from the wall socket, and send it in a steady flow straight to his stereo system. Price: $4,000.

"As soon as I put them in, it was really noticeable," says Campbell, who is 71 years old, gray-haired and almost always smiling. "I just thought, this is very much better. There's no going back."

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It's a fetish worth about $300 million a year to a handful of hi- fi companies with names you've never heard, like Conrad-Johnson and Sera. This planet has its own magazines, its own gurus, its own language, partisans and proselytizers, heretics and cranks. They listen and spend, then listen and argue, then listen some more and argue some more. They are experts on electricity. They think your cell phone is ruining their sound. They're certain your $950 Toshiba with the six-CD changer is junk.

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"It's an industry based on abuse, greed and arrogance. It takes advantage of people who love music. Don't glorify this business."

In the middle of an interview Mark suddenly announces that CDs are harmful to people. Harmful? As in physical harm?

"Yes, they adversely affect humans," he says.

How so?

"I can't really go into it," he says. "We'll have a press conference about it soon."

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So is this it? Is Campbell done with his buying? Hardly. Having solved the refrigerator problem, having purchased the finest Mark Levinson out there, the war against vibrations is just getting started.

"The next thing to do is put the sandboxes under the two power supplies back there," he says earnestly. "I've been told by people who've done it that it's really quite a nice improvement."


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And we wonder why Kim divorced Levinson?

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I, for one, have never considered Kim, let alone wondered why she might have divorced Mark Levinson.

I think CDs, when they're shot out of the mechanism attached to the guy's arm from I Come in Peace, are harmful to humans.

Here's the article. I have to see Levinson's press release. This was written in 2001.
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And we wonder why Kim divorced Levinson?

I wonder if the press conference ever took place?
I'd like to get a transcript of it.

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I, for one, have never considered Kim, let alone wondered why she might have divorced Mark Levinson.

I think CDs, when they're shot out of the mechanism attached to the guy's arm from I Come in Peace, are harmful to humans.

Here's the article. I have to see Levinson's press release. This was written in 2001.

Hmm... this is from 2001? Because I've read the interview with the homeowner, but it was sometime between 1994 and 1998. In the Wasington Post.

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Hmm... I still think VahallaPC is crazier, cheaper yes, but I didn't hear any mention of ERS paper

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That came in the next installment. He wrapped the refrigerator in it. HUGE improvement.

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I wonder when they'll figure out to rap themselves in it?

One also has to question the hearing of a 70 year old

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Hmm... this is from 2001? Because I've read the interview with the homeowner, but it was sometime between 1994 and 1998. In the Wasington Post.


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To Audiophiles, Great Music Is Worth Any Price -- Even $140,000

By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 13, 2001; Page C01

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