If all this sounds a bit hard to believe, we have to admit that we were a bit skeptical too.
That is, until we tried out this amazing device. Or more correctly, two devices.
That’s because there are two versions of the Sooper Snooper, depending on what
you want to do with it/them.
One form, the type pictured above, has a small parabolic
reflector with a microphone mounted "near enough" to its focal point.
This particular Sooper Snooper is the one you would use to
listen in to distant conversations, bird calls, etc – anything in the open air
which would normally be too far away or too faint to hear.
The second type of Sooper Snooper is pictured above right.
It has a microphone physically connected to a "probe" which is
touched against the object you want to listen to – such things as bearings
inside a hard disk drive (see, boss, I told you my hard disk was getting old!),
vehicle engine noises (it’s an old-time mechanic’s trick to hold a screwdriver
on an engine block with the other end pushed against the ear – this one works on
the same principle), you can even hear the water rushing through pipes – and
much, much more.
And yes, you really can hear termites attacking your
home and cheque book if you’re unlucky enough to have an infestation!