I never started so 'subjectively before Put yr money away to save for … Stein harmonizers.
Oh boy I wish I never heard them. You must start at least with two that is what I have. Then after weeks I get so accustomed to the sound that I could not hear a difference anymore as my music was in my memory before the Steins as I enjoyed
in those weeks not my complete collection but the newest CD's ( Nick Cave Bonny Prince Billy). Of course you can get the Steins outside the room and I did in the beginning but anticipation of what you expect to hear play a bitter role in this too. Bitter in the sens of obstructing objectivity But In another room I have my Home Theater `set up (D-ILA pj) and put the Steins there to have more emerging sound during movies. The next day (evening) I listened to my audio and after 5 minutes I wanted to stop listening. This was one of those evenings of yesteryear the sound was uninvolving only because it was a different evening. It sounded compressed more 2D and some lazy universal fattiness over all frequencies that I have never heard before! That was my system I know so well. And then I realized, the Steins are still upstairs. Without any anticipation my brain told me the difference between 2 Steins with or without.
What the Steins do is shake away from the sound the signature that the sound is produced by speakers. The effect is a big jump in life-likeness. Singers and instruments become much more real and in the room. Before that my brain had no reference of such a possibility so I took the "speaker signature" which is not the coloring of the speakers frequency wise, for granted. I dont have the accompanying stones yet ( package is too expensive for me yet) so only 2 'naked' Steins.
I know off what seems to be a better alternative: The acoustic Energizers. They are bigger but there two catches. 1) 30+ % more expensive, but worse regular replacement of the heart, the machine of the system which very cleverly is integrated with the battery! This is or at least I consider that pure nonsense it forces the customer to keep on buying it and the old one you have to throw away.. The cost is 175 dollars, but per piece.. The rest is a wooden enclosure and a led. And maybe, this possibility exist, 2 or 4 year from now the cost is 300 or 500. and you cannot say I stop as the sound quality will tumble down down for miles.
But is it that much better than the Steins? One reviewer says: "(As you might expect, arrangements of duo and trio Energizer setups don’t make as forceful an impression") Also the Steins will sound better with 5 and all the stones, a Valhalla I am prepared to save for
The problem is when you think you don't need them, you need them. The better yr system is, the more pronounced the musical effect is of the Steins.
So what is it
"The Steinmusic system confounds easy characterization. The Harmonizers are electronically active, but they are not connected within the system's signal path. Changing the Intensity level quite audibly alters the in-room sound, but that interaction is strictly with the room itself, not the electronics of the system."