This review of P.W.B.’s “Morphic Link Bookmark” can be considered “Part 2” of my review on the “Morphic Link Paper Clips”, from P.W.B. Electronics. Particularly as this new device followed that one in series, and both follow the same concept: “linking or breaking patterns of morphic resonance”, as the instruction brochure states. In my world, I just prefer to consider it as changing energy patterns on objects, that in turn change perception of sound (and other senses). I’ve read a bit of Rupert Sheldrake and I have his book, but I think I’ll leave the theories of morphic resonance to the experts. :-).
I use e-readers now to read books, but as this is the first time I’ve seen a magnetic bookmark, I do quite like the idea! It works very well as a bookmark, to keep your page without falling out of the book, or taking up too much space. Ah, but how does it work as an audio device to improve sound? Let’s find out!
My initial reaction upon inspection was… “magnets?? No! Anything but magnets!”. 😮 You see, I have a long history of audio tweaking with magnets. I have heard magnets absolutely shred good sound, to where I became distraught that I could not fix it again, and ruined a perfectly good audio component. I have also bought audio components that included magnets as part of the mechanism, that gave me gorgeous sound… except for the magnet part! Removing the magnets improved the sound. But, I also recall my own experiments with magnets, to improve audio sound. So I knew you could improve sound with magnets, even if it seemed to be way too easy to destroy it. Let’s just say I know enough about magnets in audio to know to be careful with them! Fortunately, I can also say I have experienced no such “magnetic drawbacks” with P.W.B.’s Morphic Link bookmark. I would not use it opened, but when closed, it gave no issues, for me.
I started my tests by attaching the Morphic Link bookmark to the same envelope that I used in my tests of the Morphic Link paper clips, in all ways possible. As I expected, the patterns were the same, for the same given locations on the envelope. e.g Placing it at the top of the envelope, or the right side, produced similar changes as with the paper clips. However, even if it appears to contain the same foils as on the paper clips, the bookmark device itself both has a different energy pattern, and produces a different energy pattern when clasped (My “Force sense” told me it has a ‘looser’ energy pattern when the bookmark is opened, a tighter, ‘heavier’ energy pattern when closed. Even ‘heavier’ when attached to something). Naturally, this different energy pattern translates into a particularly different sort of sound, upon listening. This time, I was testing while my better half was listening, and she said “What did you do, why did the sound change?”. Ahem. 😐 Long story….
Envelopes: The blue Morphic Link Bookmark, in comparison to the blue Morphic Link Paper Clip, I would characterize as a “deeper, darker sound” – to put it in the simplest terms. The result of the different design used. The envelope tested was just to inform me of how to attach the device to an object. But it wasn’t really anything I was going to settle on. I knew it could and would be better served elsewhere. Books seem the obvious choice!
Books: Again, the different locations the bookmark could be placed on a book, mirrored my experiences with the paper clip. But I ran into some of the same problems as I had before. Which is that I couldn’t really attach it to a book as I wanted to, on account of not all sides of the book being accessible to it, in all the ways I wanted to attach it. So there were just two locations that worked for me. 1) At the centre top of the book, and 2) on the centre right. The top position (placed over the entire book, front and back cover, with the gold foil facing me) gave a sharper sound, while the right side position (front and back cover, with the silver foil side showing) produced more rounded notes in the sound, with a better musical flow. But neither was what I’d consider a “correct” sound that I could live with long term… just in the ballpark.
I decided I would forego doing books, and see what I could do with other objects. However, in the end, while I resisted the book idea, it proved to be quite the success! (See, “Books Revisited”, below). But first, some other ideas I tried…
Magazines: This I thought would be a better idea than doing books, because I could attach the bookmark to the left side if I wanted, and anywhere on the magazine. But I preferred placing it on the centre top (over front and back cover), with the gold foil facing me. The sound was almost there! But it did not quite make it for me, yet.
Photos: Thinking back to the paper clip tests, I tried the bookmark over the photo frame used in the previous test. The position was centre top, over the frame, gold foil facing me. It seemed the only position I could use, since the magnetism won’t work to hold it on the sides, in this assembly! I immediately found something to like about placing the bookmark on photos. But, again, there was something off in the sound that I didn’t like as much. The sound was a bit more veiled than I was able to get from attaching it to an LP, for example. It might have something to do with the frame. If I were to pursue photos, I’d “bookmark” them sans frame, but otherwise, same position.
LP/Vinyl: Since this produced good results in the last test of the paper clip, I thought I’d try placing the bookmark somewhere on, in or around an LP record. It took me no time to determine that, as with the paper clip, the bookmark was preferable directly on the vinyl record. Again, only one position possible here; right on top of the record (with the gold foil facing me). The record was then placed inside the inner sleeve, the inner sleeve inside outer sleeve, and finally, the record was stored exactly where I stored the record with the paper clip in the last test. On a bottom level shelf, opposite the stereo, and toward the back of the shelf, with the opening facing the wall. Like the paper clip, this gave good results. A less veiled sound than the photo frame (with a somewhat smaller soundstage), and more musical overall.
Cables: In my quest to find the perfect spot to park the bookmark, I also thought to try it on or around cables. I didn’t think the two were compatible, that this would produce anything worthwhile, and on most areas it didn’t. However, it did seem to want to play nice with one cable in particular, on the back of my a/v amp. It’s a special grey power cable that feeds an outboard fluorescent display unit for the amplifier. I don’t think the bookmark “liked” this cable due to its stated purpose, but probably due to its location. I noticed that it was located as the last cable on the left at the rear of the amp, and every cable to the right of it, showed progressively worse results. The bookmark was simply placed over the jack of the cable going into the amp, in tent fashion, with the gold foil facing left. This produced a sound that was less veiled than the photo frame, but had a lower resolution. It was an interesting try, but it didn’t win the day.
Keys: I saw from reading the leaflet that comes with the Morphic Link Bookmark, there are similar devices P.W.B. has created, to be attached to keychains. They are; “Small ID Key Tag”, “Large ID Key Tag”, “Small and Medium Snap Hooks”. I’ve never tested house keys (not in a group, anyways) so… why not try the bookmark on a keychain full of keys? I could tell as soon as I attached it (from feeling), that this key chain idea was a notable choice. So I looped the bookmark through the key ring, and carefully placed the keys at the bottom of my right speaker stand. And yes, it was a good choice. It was easy enough to tell that the bass got firmer, and the sound more captivating. It occurred to me that most people will like this sound. It was a “ neutral-ish” sound that does everything you need it to, no muss or fuss.
But I personally preferred the sound of the vinyl location, for the bookmark. Also, the bookmark does not lend well to being used as an active key tag. It will likely wear out in the pocket. The “ID Key Tags” are the obvious choice, here. And I do like the idea of treating keys that you carry on your person, because, how many chances to do you have of treating sound while you’re out and about?
CD’s: Tried the bookmark inside a CD jewel case, behind and in front of the CD (but not attached to anything). I won’t expand any further, as it offered nothing in sound quality that wasn’t surpassed by all other ideas listed here. And since CD’s are already a medium with a lousy energy field drowning in polycarbs, that needs a lot of love just to achieve a level of mediocrity, I had higher hopes for this one!
Books, revisited: By the end of the afternoon, I had a decent idea of what places the P.W.B. Morphic Link bookmark liked and didn’t like. But I couldn’t neglect the fact that it was a bookmark after all! Surely there was a way to get something good out of it, from a book?? I’m sure it was designed with this in mind, and that the fault is mine, if I can’t get it to work well on a book. So I revisited the idea of using the bookmark as a bookmark, to see if I could improve on my results, and place it in better competition with the other ideas mentioned.
This time, I trotted out my largest book: a world atlas book, at least 18” high, with a cover hard and thick enough to whack at least a few zombies into a permanent sleep. I knew it would be loaded with all sorts of juicy picturesque maps, that would, I am sure, love to be zapped with benign energy patterns.
Next, I experimented with the placement of the bookmark a bit more. Instead of placing it over the entire book, I tried different locations within the book. I ended up with one “best location” (at least, for a book). It was to attach the bookmark at the top of the very last page of the book, foil facing me, centred on the page. All the information in the book, and more importantly the energy it carries, channels to the last page. Love it! The cover, I finally concluded, wasn’t really doing anything good for me. Now, it was just a matter of deciding where to place the treated book. For these tests, that became the same location as with the keys and some other objects tested: the bottom of my speaker stand. (Aesthetically, not a great location, I admit.
But sonically more ideal than a random location, such as on a shelf with the other books).
The resulting sound was in the same ballpark as the “most people will love this” sound… but much better. This time, it went a long ways to please me as well as “most people”! Which means I could finally have no reservations of living with this new sound upgrade, with no sense that it might be improving one area while degrading another. (As some otherwise fine upgrades do). This was just a good sound, all around. The newly acquired firm lows is the first thing that caught my ear. Then the delicate highs (that were detailed, but not aggressive). Finally, a large sound stage and a non-fatiguing sound in general. It was, in effect, the best sound that I had been able to achieve, in this listening session. BTW. I ended up placing the book inside of a closed cabinet that the TV was sitting on, and it was ok there. For obvious reasons, it couldn’t stay on the speaker stand!
Wait, did I mention I did plants as well? I know, it’s silly to think of sticking a magnetic bookmark into a potted plant. But that worked so well with P.W.B.’s plastic and metal treated paper clips, that I just had to try it. This time however, I would try something new. I would try the clip in a large potted plant outside of my home, on the balcony! It would be one of the rare, if not the first time I tried treating an object outside, leaving it outside. This was interesting to me because it tests two things at once: 1) The effect of the bookmark clip in a plant and 2) Will things treated outside have an effect inside?
Despite the 6 million tests I’ve performed in the name of “Beltism” and good sound, Q. #2 is one of the 6 million questions that remain to be answered by me, in the name of Beltism. I’ll cut the suspense by saying, the answer is “Yes”. Yes, the bookmark in the potted plant outside on the balcony, with balcony door closed, did have an effect on the sound. And yes, as well, when the test was repeated with the device in the large plant next to it. Just to be sure I was hearing something. But as to the question of whether this was a considerable improvement, the answer to that is “no”. It was not good enough for me to want to pursue any further. Which is ok, since I didn’t think the floppy magnetic bookmarks would hold up very well anyway, under wet soil conditions.
After having successfully installed 4 Morphic Link clips to my satisfaction (3 Morphic Link paper clips and 1 Morphic Link bookmark), as a final test in an alternative medium, I decided to watch a clip of the pilot episode of the TV show, “The Good Place”. I was curious to see what the quality of video sound gave, under this system. Due to a spate of home theatre tests in recent weeks, I knew this clip well. Too well. I had reviewed it no less than dozens of times, with many different audio components, speakers and tweak-type modifications. From 8 – 11 minutes in, I knew every nuance of every microsecond of that clip.
Let me start by saying that sound quality-wise, this was the best sounding version of the segment that I had witnessed. But no surprise there. What did catch me off guard, was a) that the video picture had improved, and b) how much it improved. Blacks were clearly blacker, whites were whiter, colours were richer, and the picture was sharper. I would be inclined to say that the characteristics of the video picture seemed to echo the characteristics of the audio signature, produced by the Morphic Link Paper Clips and Morphic Link Magnetic Bookmark. There was no way this increased perception of video quality was an unrelated coincidence. I had neither changed anything in the video system, nor had I seen this sort of change in all the previous viewings of this segment. I don’t usually take note of video changes in audio tests, but this much of a change, I would have noticed.
As for the rest of the changes that I carefully observed during a viewing of the tv show “The Good Place”, they may be a little harder to explain, and even harder to believe. Starting with the easy stuff, there were of course changes in the audio sound as well. Like the picture, the sound was deeper, darker, and very fluid. So fluid in fact, that the segment seemed to actually play out a bit faster than it did in previous viewings. I knew this as a “psychological effect”, and there’s a reason for it.
The sound is less “analytical”, so I am no longer inclined to hear or identify whisper-quiet details. Under the “video version” of what I call a “non-analytical sound”, my brain focuses more on the result of the dialogue, than on the content of the dialogue or the sound effects. That’s how fast things are flowing, in this audio-visual interpretation. It all comes across as very natural, and you end up more readily immersed in the story. Emotional reactions, such as humorous points in the story line where a laugh is expected, tended to produce stronger reactions than previous experiences. Dynamics; those moments when a loud sound suddenly occurs, seemed punchier. But not in an artificial way. Timbre was clearly improved, making hand claps in the audience segment sound more like human hands, and less like hail raining on a tin roof.
But apart from that, I stress the fact that this particular sound I had achieved with the Morphic Link Bookmark and the associated Morphic Link Paper Clips was not detail-oriented. (That’s not to be confused with a lo-res sound that lacks detail). It went beyond that, toward a quality that transcended the more superficial aspects of an aural or visual performance, and pulled you into the core of the action; to where it all matters. Sorry if that bewilders, but it’s the best way I can describe it at this moment! I am writing of course, of a particular sound that I particularly like.
I repeat however, that (unlike most traditional audio upgrades), an endless array of different sound signatures is possible with a group of devices such as those in the Morphic Link series. That’s all a matter of what you apply the clips to, where you apply them, and how. I just happen to be writing about a sound I achieved that is one of the better ones I was able to obtain, in the time I applied myself to it. I don’t yet know if others can achieve comparable sound signatures by following my description; using these devices. But I hope they can and I hope they will try.
But first, we have to ensure repeatability; then we have to make sure it can be falsified, then we have to have it tested (double blind, natch), then we have to have it published in a peer-reviewed journal, then we apply for the scientific grant, and then, finally we conquer Eastern Europe! We’ll come in on the Western front, the Romas will be the first to flee, and worry not, we’ll have the Turkmanistans on as our front men….
I would summarize the session thusly: Good locations I was able to spot for the Morphic Link Bookmark were; keys, vinyl records, photos (frameless?), and best of all, naturally, books. Though, it can be expected that different books (in size and content), will produce different “sounds”. My conclusion would be the same as with the Morphic Link Paper Clip devices. Which is to say, that I don’t know of any audio product selling for the equivalent of £10, that can produce this sort of an improvement in the perception of our sound. I also don’t know of any that doubles as a functional bookmark for reading, either!
What can I say, there are still good days among us, as audiophiles. 😀
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