In my experience, there is nothing quite like another user’s input about a product I’m interested in buying. Companies will market and only show the highlights of their products. Fellow buyers, on the other hand, will always give you the raw truth. This is why I have decided to give my two cents on the SB7 Spirit Box by ITC Research. As one of the many gadgets that I have used throughout the years, I find it’s using worth sharing.
The SB7 Spirit Box
The SB7 Spirit Box is basically a customized radio that scans through frequencies at a very rapid pace. It works by sweeping the AM and FM bands with a high-frequency synthetic noise better known as white noise. It is believed that this is where paranormal entities are able to articulate words.
How Does It Work?
The device provides up to 119 new frequencies that range from 76MHz to 87.9MHz. You can connect pretty much any type of speaker or headphones to it in order to dissect the messages better. Distinguishing messages that are formed in the white noise is not always an easy task. It is essential for the user to do adequate preparation and train their ear for such a task.
The SB7 Spirit Box will also record any audio found from specific frequency scans. This can be extremely beneficial for proper documentation of all findings. Once the investigation has been completed, the user can easily go back and carefully evaluate all of the messages that came across.
For a further understanding of how the SB7 Spirit Box works, check out this video:
As Seen On Reality TV
If you are a ghost hunter aficionado, then you have in all likelihood watched some of the very popular ghost hunting shows. The SB7 Spirit Box can be seen used by many crew members of the reality tv show Ghost Adventures. Their main cast member, Zack, seems to be the one using it the most and obtaining successful findings with the use of it.
The Spirit Box actually found its way to fame and recognition through one of Ghost Adventures’ episodes in 2009. The crew was investigating the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia and used the device to gather most of their findings. Its use on the show was such a success that it helped bring its paranormal resourcefulness to the light.
Real Life Use
One of the many reasons why this tool has become so widely used and trusted within the ghost hunting community is the unique information the device contributes. Unlike other gadgets, the Spirit Box provides the investigator with real-time messages from the paranormal.
This Huff Paranormal video does an exceptional job at explaining and showing how to use it in real life:
The guys in the video can be seen using a version of the Spirit Box that has had any form of interference from regular radio stations completely taken out. In doing so, they are taking the appropriate measures to make sure their readings are as accurate as possible. They surveil the area slowly while holding the device. Recording fragments of Electronic Voice Phenomenon and short phrases.
The investigators can even be seen stopping and taking a moment to rewind their findings. This allows them to review the material and pick up on sounds and messages that they might have missed the first time.
Through the video, it’s easy to see how and why the SB7 Spirit Box is considered a substantial asset to any paranormal investigation.
The Good & The Bad
Even though the Spirit Box was made specifically tailored to professional ghost hunters. It can be as equally helpful to newbies in the field. Like most things in life, however, it does have its very few “flaws”.
Below I will provide an honest list of all the pros and cons I have come across with the use of this gadget:
- Reasonable and affordable price
- Requires only regular AAA batteries
- Compact and portable design (easy to carry around)
- Has a built-in stand
- Can be connected to most speakers and Headphones
- Has a lighted display for use in the dark
- Has a broad FM frequency reach that offers up to 119 new frequencies
- Provides results similar to an EVP recorder, but in real time
- Short battery life
- Speaker is on the backside
- Built-in speaker volume can be low (why most users will attach a speaker or set of headphones)
SB7 Spirit Box Accessories
Speakers – As mentioned above, the SB7 Spirit Box comes with a fairly low volume built-in speaker. Although, it is adequate enough if you are investigating with a group of people it might be a good idea to use an external speaker. This was everyone participating in the investigation can have a clear auditory range of any findings.
Headphones – If you are carrying out the investigation all by yourself, a pair of headphones would be better than speakers. I would actually recommend some quality noise canceling headphones. This will help eliminate any outside sounds that could disrupt your findings.
Faraday Bag – A faraday bag is an enclosure that prevents outside signals from penetrating the examination equipment. This will completely block out any AM/FM music frequencies or even radio stations. Many users really like using a faraday bag in order to facilitate communication with ghosts and prevent any unwanted interruptions.
Some pretty mixed opinions can be found across the web about the SB7. The majority spoke pretty well in regards to its performance and dependability. If you ask me what I think, I must say I’m pretty impressed with this device overall. I got my hands on the SB7 spirit box long before I actually went out and purchased it. That should tell you enough.
I personally prefer using headphones with it because I feel more in sync with the device when I’m out in open areas. That’s not to say the standard speaker that it comes with isn’t bad on its own. I found the sweet spot for spirit communication to be between the range of 150 to 200ms on FM. Do not tamper or remove the antenna on the SB-7 because it’s as good as gone if you do.
The SB7 Spirit Box is without a doubt a great compact device for those attempting to communicate with any paranormal being. It comes as no surprise that it is the most popular paranormal communication tool on the field.
The spirit box is remarkably user-friendly, affordable, and very diverse. It goes far beyond what other devices out there provide. It even allows the user to save the material for future examination. An essential tool for proper documentation!
I hope this buyer’s guide will help all of those in search of their next ghost hunting device! As fellow ghost hunters, we must stick together and share our secrets. Have you ever used the SB7 Spirit Box? How did you like it? Do you have a favorite paranormal communication tool?