Is the Proton Vibration Alignment (PVA) field safe?
Absolutely. PVA is 100% safe.
Does the PVA material contain any harmful radiation material?
There is no harmful radiation material whatsoever in the PVA material. In fact, the design principals and application of PVA are seen in IPC’s (AER’s parent company) numerous, highly successful health care products e.g. iWand, iRelief. Should the PVA material be harmful, we (Modular Audio) would be the first one to stay far away from it. Don’t you think so?
Why does PVA work in my hi-fi system?
Putting it very simply, all the PVA field does is ‘treating’ the air in your listening environment, especially important, the space between your speakers and your ears. The PVA field doesn’t change the signal in any way, it just minimize energy loss of the original audio signals coming from your speakers and as a result, you hear more, you hear it better.
Since LP Energizer and Disc Energizer both emit PVA field to treat software, wouldn’t that be duplicating?
LP Energizer (LPE) and Disc Energizer (DE) are designed catering to the specific material being treated, namely PVC and poly carbonate respectively. However, should you own just one device, the good news is that LPE could still improve the sound of your CD/DVD/Blu-ray when you run them through it and likewise, DE would the same for LP, albeit both improvements would not be as extensive as using its own dedicated device.
Why Acoustic EQ (AEQ) does not need battery? How does it work?
The AEQ is an entirely passive device – there is no power source. It has a honeycomb diaphragm suspended within. The sound waves from your speakers or any sound source such as a voice, vibrate the diaphragm and would generate a small electrical charge to power a circuit board. It is just a matter of millivolts, which in turn generates the PVA field through the circuit board.
How do I tune the AEQ and what’s the recommended placements?
To tune the AEQ in your listening environment, first of all, place a simple music box at the center of your listening area, playing a repeated tune. Now, go to the AEQ, very gradually turn the knob marking Fine-Tune, paying attention to the repeated tune from the music box as you do so. The position of the knob at which you feel you are hearing the clearest sound from the music box is where you would stop. Now, do the same for the other channel (AEQ). At the end, you may notice the 2 AEQ’s Fine-Tune position (assuming you have 2 AEQs) may differ. This is not unusual as the acoustics of both left and right channel may not be exactly the same.
The Damping adjustment (knob), is for tuning the amount of bass damping. You can literally add or reduce bass energy, depending on your listening environment to achieve the best balance in bass. For this, you may play a test track with some emphasis in bass music to assist in getting the desire setting.
Placement wise, for a normal rectangular or squarish listening environment, a pair of AEQ is best suited to be positioned at the front corners, behind the speakers. AEQ works best in an open space and hence, for best result, it should not be covered by curtains or become obstructed by furnitures. Another pair of AEQ flanking the back corners would work well if your listening area is relatively large.
How long do I need to wait once power-on AEQ or Acousic Energizer (AE) to get its effect?
There is no waiting. Once turned on, both AEQ and AE would work in full.
Do AEQ and AE require run-in and would the effect lingers on for a while even after they have been powered off?
No. The AEQ and AE require no run-in and their full effect would not linger once powered-off. However, a small amount of PVA would still emit from both devices even they are not turned on.
What are the differences between AEQ and AE?
The AEQ is the bigger brother of AE. AEQ is suitable not just for hi-fi usage, it was originally designed for use in concert halls and recording studios. Due to its larger size and wider coverage (8m) vis-a-vis AE’s 5m, the AEQ is wall mountable (brackets are provided) or positioned at the corners of the listening area for instance. It comes with its own matching stands should you want it placed upright rather than hanging it. AEQ’s ability to fine-tune for room coupling and damping also separate itself from the simpler, minimalist approach of AE in terms of features.
On the other hand, AE is very easy to place as it is much smaller, lighter and hence way more portable. Unlike AEQ which is self-powered, AE uses a consumable battery (with PVA material) to work.
How much does it cost to replace the consumable power module of AE?
Each AE’s consumable power module is retailing at S$220 nett. We encourage you to return to us the old battery so AER could recycle the reusable parts. Save our world!
How is the Sound Power different from the other power conditioners in the market today?
There are 2 broad categories of power conditioners in the market today. One category is using filters to block-off EM/RF interferences, the other category is re-generating the electric current so the current is kept consistent and stable. There are much debated advantages and disadvantages of these approaches but AER’s Sound Power attacks this issue with an entirely different way. Using the same technology behind PVA, this 4-way distributor actually aligns the in-coming current flow of the proton before feeding outgoing components. As a result of this cleaner, purer and quieter power, each Sound Power Source can take up to a staggering 4,000w! Should you need more than 4-outlets, by diasy-chaining to another Sound Power, the effect is multiplied, exactly the same how AEQ and AE would behave.