It is my belief that much of what the average person knows about the paranormal can best be expressed as the shocking and the obvious. I’m also fairly certain the layman knows what an EVP is. These days, with the advent of paranormal television shows and radio broadcasts, it’s hard to escape some rudimentary knowledge about a method so basic to the field. This understanding of EVP is probably due to the fact that so many of us have been exposed to it in one way or another. But my guess would be that what the average person has heard would fit into the A-class category – loud, clear, and easily verifiable.

Therefore, it’s not a stretch to suggest that even within the paranormal field, most of the attention goes straight to the A-class EVP. Occasionally, a B-class voice will get a little recognition, but usually there’s a disclaimer, of sorts. There might be an attempt to explain the circumstances or the environment – an excuse as to why it’s not quite good enough – maybe even a disclosure of some kind listing what had to be done to make it easier to hear. Mostly, it’s “pretty good,” but it’s not quite an A-class, and “we’re all very sorry, but it is what it is. Ghosts don’t perform on cue, ya know,” or something similar.

The C and D-class EVP almost never achieve recognition – maybe the occasional honorable mention. They’re the evil step-children of EVP. We all know they exist, and deep in our hearts those in the field accept them as truth, but not everyone hears them properly, and therefore, they can become a hot mess. We recognize words and understand what’s being said, but they’re often muted and mixed among the background noise. Not everyone always hears the same thing – that’s a given, and we all understand that’s a problem. Sometimes a C-class EVP is a perfect whisper, and that’s when the issues can start. “What did it say? Oh, I didn’t hear that.” Of course, the question quickly becomes, “What on earth is a D-class EVP?” And why do we even consider those at all?

But I am apparently weird enough to have gained a strong affinity for those hard to hear EVP. Frankly, I sort of prefer them to their first class cousins. My C-class buddies will always need help to get their props, and much like a patient on life support, sometimes they lose the battle.

But for me, the wisdom lives down low with the whispers. That’s where we learn the most; where the answers to our questions actually seem to germinate. So often, A-class EVP are direct and bluntly obvious. They’re great! But they’re short phrases that are frequently no more than a single, very clear and loudly identifiable word - something so patently undeniable that we instantly relate, and immediately believe. We may even become convinced that there is a spirit at the location. More often than not, we’re very quick to assign an identity to these A-class speakers. “It has to be Robert,” the former owner of the house, because who else would be motivated enough to say the words “get out?” And since the nature of the A-class is so easy to deal with, we instantly rule out any kind of environmental contamination. It is clearly not one of those present at the time, and the words spoken openly fit the situation. The A and B-class EVP need little help to prove their pedigree; need not endure a lot of testing and experimental procedures. They were born healthy and fit, with all internal organs in place; all ten fingers and toes.