Mind machine reviews online are few and far between and that’s probably because the technology is only available through a handful of places. One of the leading companies in this field is MindPlace and they have two popular mind machines. I will compare the two now – KASINA vs LIMINA and give you the pros and cons of each.
First though, here is a quick overview of how these mind machines work and the technology they use.
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Keep in mind here that I am talking about MindPlace mind machines that use light and sound therapy. Using both types of therapy has proven to be much more effective in changing brainwaves and having a positive effect on the person.
To understand this I will first explain brainwaves and then give an overview of light and sound therapy.
Everyone has brainwaves and usually there is more than one type of brainwave working at the same time. The type of brainwave will indicate the state of mind of the person. This is where mind machines come in. They stimulate your brainwaves to reach a specific brainwave type depending on what you are trying to achieve.
That said, here is a simple guide to the types of brainwaves.
Each brainwave reflects your state of mind as follows:
- Beta: (Waking state) actively thinking, concentrating, focusing, and processing information.
- Alpha: (Restful state) resting but still alert e.g. after reading this post you may relax and reflect on what you have just read.
- Theta: (Dreamy state) REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, deep relaxation, deep meditation
- Delta: (Sleep state) Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness
- Gamma: (High Concentration)
The stimulation of the brainwaves is carried out by the light and sound technology that the mind media systems Kasina and Limina use.
Light And Sound Technology
Lights are flickered over the eyes. Sounds and tones are listened to through headphones. The flickering light plus the sounds stimulate the brain waves to match a certain desired state of mind (frequency rate – beta, alpha, or theta) depending on what is required.
Kasina vs Limina - Product Overview
Both media mind systems use light and sound therapy to access different states of mind which can facilitate meditation, learning, and health, etc. With both systems, the user wears glasses (GanzFrames) for the light show and listens to a session of their choice depending on the desired outcome.
Here is a small sample of some of the light and sound technology sessions:
ENERGIZE-promotes alertness and vigor.
BEFORE LEARNING-use before class or studies to accelerate learning.
MEDITATE-gets you into a meditative frame of mind
RELAX-let go of nuisance thoughts.
VISUALIZATION-a series of frequencies for stimulation and visualization.
GOODNIGHT-great for the end of the day to relax for bed.
PEAK PERFORMANCE-various sessions in this category to give you energy.
LEARNING-absorb information and understand concepts better.
WELL-BEING-release tension from the day’s activities.
TRANQUILITY INDUCTION-induce a state of peace and calm.
VISUALIZATION-facilitates visualization for goals and manifestation.
NIGHT VOYAGE-induce a restful sleep.
ALL the sessions are listed in detail in the Session Guide.
Kasina vs Limina - What Do You Receive?
USB cable power supply
Stereo patch cable
MicroSD card with SD adapter
USB micro cable
Audio patch cable
The GanzFrames are the goggles you wear (with eyes closed) for the light show and they have 6 LEDs per eye.
*use the earbuds provided or your own stereo headphones.
Kasina vs Limina - Main Features
Fully *RGB (millions of different color combinations).
More than 70 preset sessions.
Built-in MP3 player included on an 8 GB microSD card.
Create your own sessions.
255 shades of each color.
Copy your own music to the Kasina in MP3 or Wave.
The most capable **AudioStrobe decoder on the market.
Fully *RGB (millions of different color combinations).
Over 100 light and sound sessions.
Plenty of memory to add more sessions.
Session creation software to make your own session.
255 shades of each color.
Multiple audio waveforms (binaural beats, isochronic tones, and pink noise).
The audio is compact disk quality.
*RGB = Red, Green, and Blue lights are added together to create an array of colors.
**AudioStrobe decoder = this converts pre-programmed (encoded) control signals into light impulses. Or in layman’s terms, it turns the music into a colorful light display.
Kasina vs Limina - Who Are They For?
Like with all mind machines they are designed for people that want to relax, sleep better, meditate, study, learn, focus, feel better, and explore different states of consciousness. Studies about the positive effects of bright light therapy for depression (plus Seasonal Affective Disorder) have been around a while.
In fact, beneficial, positive effects of using sound and light are ancient. I wrote about it in detail here and mention a clinical study that shows combining both light and sound therapies has a more dramatic and beneficial effect for people suffering from depression.
Kasina vs Limina - Are They Dangerous?
Mind machines stimulate brainwaves. Anything you use to do with the mind needs to be thought about carefully before using it. If you have past or present concerns about your mental health then you would benefit from checking with your doctor or therapist before using a mind media system. Also, if you have a sensitivity to light and/or sound, again, check with your health care practitioner.
It is not recommended to use mind machines if you suffer from epilepsy.
Tip: Keep a check on the volume and start low as you do not want to damage your hearing.
DISCLAIMER: This site and article is for educational purposes only and is no way medical advice.
Customer Reviews Online
Even though Mindplace is a long-established company since 1988 it was difficult to find many negative reviews in general and when I did MindPlace customer service replied and offered a solution.
The customer reviews are a mix of negative and positive from Amazon.
Kasina – POSITIVE REVIEWS
The next three reviews are positive with a hint of negative. One customer says she got headaches and it prevented her from meditating deeply and she decided to return the Kasina. Another customer reports that customer service was either excellent or disappointing.
KASINA – NEGATIVE REVIEWS
This Amazon customer reported that the battery has gone and when they tried to contact customer service there was no reply. However, customer service responded to advise they were down for a few days and requested the customer contact them directly.
Inoperative light on the Kasina reported by the customer and they didn’t feel comfortable ordering a replacement. Customer service responded and said they would have taken care of the customer.
LIMINA – POSITIVE REVIEWS
LIMINA – NEGATIVE REVIEWS
The sound stopped working and the customer found the screen tiny and difficult to read on the Limina console.
Not only did support reply to this customer but so did two other customers offering solutions:
Do MindPlace Have Customer Support?
Yes, support includes:
- Customer Service contact us form encouraging clients to engage with MindPlace
- Online product support documents with manuals, factory session lists, software, and tutorials
- Product support forum
- Articles on the site with information on past clinical studies and technology
- MindPlace Blog
- Facebook Group and Newsletter
The reviews on Amazon are answered and solutions offered by the customer service team, see the customer reviews.
Is There A Money Back Guarantee?
Yes – a 60-day money-back guarantees.
Plus – a two-year warranty on product consoles.
Kasina vs Limina - Pros & Cons
PRO #1 Easy to use – plug and play.
PRO #2 You can download audio files into the Kasina (plus free downloads available from SoundCloud).
PRO #3 Built-in rechargeable lithium battery.
CON #1 Can give headaches.
CON #2 Lights can be faulty.
CON #3 GanzFrames sometimes break (there were a couple of reviews stating this that I read, not shown above).
PRO #1 Easy to use – plug and play.
PRO #2 Can manually choose a frequency (from Delta to Gamma) and focus solely on that rather than a session.
PRO #3 Can decode SpectraStrobe (Kasina) and AudioStrobe audio files.
CON #1 You cannot download audio files into the Limina.
CON #2 Sound can stop working.
CON #3 Two AA Batteries required.
MindPlace PRO #1 – An established company that stands by their products and offer good customer service with a money-back guarantee and warranty.
Kasina vs Limina Benefits
Due to the nature of the mind media systems, they both offer numerous benefits. For example, they facilitate getting into a meditative state easily and most are aware of the many benefits of practicing meditation, here are a few of those:
- Improved self-esteem, self-worth, and self-awareness
- Less stress and therefore less anxiety
- Better emotional health – manage depression naturally
- Fight addictions by understanding the root cause and why you are addicted through increased self-awareness
- Assists in reducing the suffering of chronic pain and able to sleep soundly
- Sharper focus and concentration
- Self-acceptance and being kind (and non-judgmental) to yourself and others
Other benefits of mind machines include (but not limited to):
- Peace of mind – stress reduced
- Sharper mind – focus and concentration heightened
- Enhanced learning
- Deep relaxation
- Great night’s sleep
- Pain management
- A general feeling of well being (enhances mood and emotions)
- Increased self-awareness – understand why you do the things you do
- Reprogram your subconscious by getting into the optimal state of mind that facilitates this – you can create your own sessions
- Get into an altered state of consciousness
Mind machines offer all the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, and light/sound technology rolled into one.
Kasina vs Limina Price
MindPlace has also created glasses that can be worn with eyes open as well as closed called Deep Vision GanzFrames and designed to expand and deepen the experience.
The Deep Vision GanzFrames can be bought separately for $99 and can be used with both models.
Kasina vs Limina At A Glance...
Name: Kasina Mind Media System
Overall Rank: 10 out of 10
Name: Limina Mind Media System
Owner: Anji Ringzin
Overall Rank: 9 out of 10
My Final 2 Cents 😉
The Limina was pipped to the post by the Kasina, by 1 point only. Overall both mind machines have been well designed and do what they say on the tin. The Kasina wins only because it has a built-in battery and you can download your music into it. Having said that, if you want to spend less money then the Limina is a great system too.
Having been around since the late 80s MindPlace believes in their products and back this up with a money-back guarantee and warranty.
Furthermore, they offer excellent customer support and give lots of information about the products on their website. The MegaBrain articles are well worth checking out as they have the low down on neuro-enhancement technologies.
Remember, as stated previously, check with your health care provider before using if you have any past or present concerns about your mental health.
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