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Driven by music
It grabs you within a second, just like that, totally unexpectedly. From somewhere you hear some tones, just a small phrase, and immediately this specific memory comes up: you, as a 12 year old, accompanying your father going to a live concert of Ustad Bismillah Khan, The Shenai legend. You remember the early morning hour, the car and the patches of fog in Bangalore’s typical glass house at Lalbugh. The smell of the huge gardens enters the car and mingles with the tobacco my father used to smoke, a pipe being a ship captain. Trying to find something on the radio, we end up – between the static crackling – with an old Harry Belafonte song,“Man Smarter Woman Smarter”. This fantastic piece of music is so moving!

Not long ago, though many years later, on my way to ameeting I walked into a store and in all the noise I heard the first notes of ‘“Man Smarter Woman Smarter".A shiver ran down my spine and my eyes started filling with tears. I was thrown back in time, smelled the same smells and sat in the car with my – by now long dead - father, while driving through the same gardens.

I’m certain that you recognized this feeling!

This intense evocation of feeling is what music can cause. That makes me very happy. In our stressed society, we create too little ‘quality time’ for ourselves. 

Music can remind us of what is important. After the above mentioned incident, I shifted all my appointments, and for that day just played music. I re-charged my musical batteries - and had a great day!

Music not only is a carrier of memories, it’s also the medium for expressing feelings. So why not gain more knowledge of the writer and musician while listening?

For me music is as important as eating and drinking, and of course it is the inspiration for my profession. Everyone has their own musical references, of course: what I would like to make clear is what ‘music’ is and what it can do for you.

I can also never forget that I started building amps and speakers at the age of five and was always curious as to how sound is produced in a hifi system and today that passion still persists and alive and kicking! Having converted my passion into my business is one of the best things in life is to love the work you are doing! How many of us today in 2012 can proclaim they love their jobs and look forward to each and every new day? Proudly I can!

Personal advice
To put together a ‘set for live’ audio system, personal advice is extremely important. 
In nearly three decades studying the essence of the experience of music through countless sound systems, studies and books, it’s my pleasure to be able to offer you that advice.

My service is not limited to the store. To be able to make the right choices, working with you in your home where you will listen to the music is essential

Tuning audio systems
The average concert visitor experiences this unthinkingly as ‘natural’ and simply sets their eyes on the performing musicians and conductor. But that changes when the concert goer looks for an audio system for private use and starts to listen to different set ups. They discover that the ‘natural’ sound is not evident: the difference between a live performance and a reproduction heard through an audio system can be immense. Only the top specialists can put together an audio system capable of approaching live performance sound.

My personal knowledge of and experience with the top audio systems influenced the selection presented here. These top brands can live up to the expectations of a live experience. To achieve this, it takes more than a simple delivery. I get to know the client and their requirements to ensure full performance quality is achieved, and the system is fine-tuned, to take advantage of everything the selected hardware is capable of.

My greatest job satisfaction comes from clients telling me of how deeply moved they have been by a particular performance by Miles Davis in Paris, for example, because the interpretation was so intense and the performance so tight.

At last they listen to the music! The audio system is not considered at all, because it sounds completely ‘natural’!

Acoustics and architecture
To obtain the optimal performance from your excellent audio/video system it is essential to meet some preconditions in your home! That’s why I collaborate with a number of companies that are specialists in their field. These include architects, acoustic engineers, electricians and carpenters.

 The effectiveness of this set-up is shocking! Because you can control the direct and the reflected sound, your perception of the music gets excitingly close to the original. Music, originally produced within a certain sound spectrum, is now reproduced on the spot.

Latest developments!

I constantly search the international audio systems market for the latest products. This is the reason our collection is always up to date, and that we keep on meeting the highest standards. Keep visiting www.absolutephase.com to keep yourself up to date!


Knowledge Base

2-Channel Stereo High End Audio Systems
There is a lot to know about choosing a stereo system in which each component is well-matched to the others in the chain, as well as matching both the room and your listening preferences. What follows is a brief introduction to get you pointed in the right direction.

Speakers
When selecting a new high performance stereo system, we usually suggest that you start with the speakers. Speaker preference is highly individual. No speaker is perfect in all respects for all rooms, no matter how expensive or how good—and different speakers excel in different performance areas. By thinking about your priorities, you can choose the speaker that performs best in the areas most important to you. You might consider:

Tonal balance — how evenly the speakers reproduce the audible frequencies. Often this is very important to our clients.

Bass extension — how well the speaker reproduces very deep bass (pipe organ foot pedals, big drum whacks, and the li

Resolution — how much musical detail the speaker reproduces.

Transparency — how much the speaker "disappears," or how lifelike the sound is. Also, the illusion that the instruments are right there in the room with you.

Sound staging — how the speaker presents the images of the instruments, including image width, image depth, image size, and image height.

Dynamics — how well the speaker plays loud passages appropriately loudly, and soft passages appropriately softly.

Width of seating area — some speakers have wider or narrower "sweet spots" where the imaging is best.
optimal position within the room — some speakers excel only when placed farther out into the room, either from the rear walls, from the side walls, or both.

Efficiency — how much amplifier power the speakers need.

Visual appeal — how attractive the speakers will look in your home, including:

Size — how dominant the speakers will look (can be good or bad, depending upon your perspective), and how easy the speakers are to move.

Shape — how appealing the speaker's shape is to you.

Style — some speakers are more contemporary; others are more traditional.

Finish — the available wood veneers and/or colors for the speakers.and of course price range.

When choosing a speaker, we suggest that you do your speaker auditioning in an acoustically neutral room, In-home listening evaluations can be very helpful too, and particularly if you have either a good sounding room or a room that you won't be changing for a while. If you might be moving or improving the room, be careful that you don't choose a speaker which minimizes the problems in your room, rather than maximizes the speaker's potential—as you might regret your choice later.

Tip: When listening critically to a 2-channel system, choose a seat centered between and equidistant from the speakers in order to hear the best imaging.

Amplification

With the speakers chosen, you can next turn your attention to matching a power amplifier to them. The type of music that you listen to, how loud you listen, the distance from you to the speakers, and the size of the room will influence the power requirement that the speaker will impose on the amplifier. For many situations, 50 to 100 watts / channel (RMS, 8 ohms, both channels driven, low distortion) will suffice—although often larger, more expensive amplifiers may have more heft, control, and refinement to the sound. When comparing them, you may find that amplifiers sound remarkably different from each other. Often the matching preamplifier from the same manufacturer will complement the power amplifier best.

And of course, you might choose an integrated amplifier that combines a power amplifier and a preamplifier in a single chassis. At lower price levels, a high-end integrated amplifier may provide the best sound because of the cost efficiencies of combining the enclosure, power supply, and so forth. However, you may find it somewhat more difficult to upgrade your system later with an integrated amp. And beyond a certain point separates are the preferred way to go.

Sources

Next, consider your source components. Most music lovers today own a high-quality CD player, as many new recordings are available only on CD. However, many wonderful old recordings (and even some new ones) are available only on LP. We suggest that you buy sources for whatever recordings you love to listen to. Also the new digital streamers from Linn & Cyrus are in a different league & you can also listen to internet radio.

Tip: If you have an LP collection that you treasure, make sure that you clean your records before their first use with a wet-vacuum record cleaning machine. This will protect your investment in your collection. Also use a dry carbon-fiber brush to remove surface dust from the record before each playing, and use stylus fluid periodically to keep your stylus clean. We recommend the Nitty Gritty, Inc record cleaning machines, as they are reliable, fast, convenient, and even fun to use. We also recommend the Hunt carbon fiber brush and Clearaudio stylus cleaning fluid.

You may wish to consider other sources such as a high resolution music server coupled with an outboard D-A converter. You should know that currently there are only a limited number of high resolution titles and it may be awhile before there is any real library of high resolution recordings available. However all of your present library of CD's and DVD-A's can be ported to a high resolution music server so it is a viable option for many people at this time.

Tip: If you would like to have your collection of CD's and DVD-A's ported to a music server you can do it yourself—or we offer the service of having it done for you. It can be done at various levels of quality and the metadata can be hand-culled if you wish. For instance with classical music Tchaikovsky may be spelled any number of ways—and customizing the metadata will ensure that all of your recordings have only a single spelling of each composer. Or for example with The Beatles, many people prefer to have that under B for Beatles rather than T for The Beatles. If you rip your collection yourself you might consider using Exact Audio Copy for superior results or dBPoweramp.

You may also wish to integrate your desktop or laptop computer as a source. This can be accomplished by using the DAC of your existing CD player (if it has an input) or one of the fine DAC's designed with this in mind such as the ArcamFMJ D33 DAC from Arcam or the Linn DS.

Tip: Rather than use an analog output from your computer or music server you should definitely use an outboard DAC (digital to analog converter) in order to get high quality sound. If you would like to use your computer as a source we recommend setting it up for the highest quality digital output possible as it will make a marked difference in the sound quality when played through a high quality stereo system. There are several aspects to getting high quality digital output. First, make sure that the sample and bit rates that go in are the same ones that go out—you don't want your computer to be doing Sample Rate Conversion (SRC). Second, make sure that you have the lowest jitter output possible—as this is critical to getting high quality sound. Third, use a high quality digital output—we normally recommend AES-EBU which is used in many professional recording studios.

Another potential source is an SACD player, which are available for either stereo or surround music systems. SACD is viable as a niche format, but will only ever have a limited number of recordings available. However we can recommend an SACD player if you are comfortable with the array of titles already available—and of course more titles may continue to be released but the selection will still be limited.

Tip: Many people today own an iPod or some other MP3 playback device—and many have a library of lossy compressed files. One way to play them over a stereo system is to get an iPod or MP3 docking station. But today most all music servers and computers can also play these files. However you should keep in mind that lossy compressed files have the lowest fidelity. We recommend that when you purchase files that you obtain ones with the highest sound quality available. There are several ways that to do this. One way is you can buy CD's and rip them to your iPod or MP3 player in either lossy or lossless files depending upon your storage capacity. That way you also have a high quality source for your home music server for WAV files or lossless compressed files like FLAC, etc. Alternatively in many cases you can download lossless files, some of which may be files that are even higher in resolution than CD files.

Cables

Your system will need cabling to connect the components together. Cables influence the final sound of your system, often to a surprising degree. We suggest that you choose your cables to complement the sonics of the rest of your components. The best-matched cables may make the difference between good performance and stunning performance. With our familiarity with the products that we carry, we can recommend well-matched cables to simplify your search. Even if your system contains components that we don't sell, we might have experience with your components and be able to help.

Stands

Your system will need a home—an audio stand of some sort. The furniture must accommodate the width, depth, and height of each of your components and perhaps possible future additions. Some components require open space around them (or forced air ventilation) to keep cool. Overheating will shorten the life of your components. Also, some components can benefit from a stable, anti-resonate surface thus allowing them to function optimally. Turntables and tube equipment are usually quite sensitive to mechanical vibration; however you may find sensitivity in CD transports and solid state electronics as well. Some types of audio furniture incorporate extensive anti-vibrational design elements. We recommend Finesse & Quadraspire brands of racks & stands.

Listening Room

And last, the acoustics of your listening room will strongly influence your system's performance. Think of the air in the room as the final interconnect between the speakers and your ears. To get the best possible sound, you'll need acoustic room treatment. We can even help you build a dedicated listening room, if you'd like.

In Conclusion

Whether you are searching for a new system or upgrading an existing system, our suggestion is to carefully consider what you would like to achieve and then to talk to us. No matter how much expertise you have, or don't have, we can be of great assistance to you in assembling the system of your dreams!

A well-designed, carefully set up two-channel high end audio system will recreate a remarkably lifelike musical experience. To those who love music, it will provide countless hours of sublime pleasure—and on occasion can be a truly transcendent experience!

Audio System Matching

In a well-matched system:
Synergy between the particular components in the system yields higher performance than quality of the individual components would suggest, andNo one component dominates the performance limitations of the system; every component is of roughly comparable quality.

In choosing components for your system, we suggest that you try to avoid products with highly colored tonality. Sometimes these products can be successfully matched in a system by choosing other products which have offsetting colorations. However, while you can assemble a system with components utilizing the inverse euphonic coloration method, you will probably find it very difficult to upgrade such a system at a later date unless you are prepared to replace several components simultaneously. For if you change only one component, you may find that the tonality will swing wildly away from neutral, just as one person hopping off a balanced teeter-totter will make the other person fall to the ground. Instead, we prefer to choose products with highly uncolored (neutral) tonality like Harbeth Loudspeakers, so that a component can be readily upgraded in the future without disrupting the system's balance.

Avid audiophiles sometimes end up with a collection of components bought either impulsively or because "they were a good deal "or because "they got a good review". A lack of satisfaction with the unbalanced system then drives another cycle of hodge-podge buying to fix the system's deficiencies. As a hobby, this product swapping can be fun. However, if your goal is to attain the highest possible performance level for your given budget, then we have found that it is best to purchase components strategically with system-matching being kept as a primary goal. Buy components only if they fit into your long-range system plans, and resist tempting diversions.

We often use the metaphor of a chain to describe system performance. The weak link in the chain, i.e.  The poorest performing component, will dominate the performance limitations of the system. When upgrading a system, you will achieve the largest performance gains by upgrading the least good component first. When buying a whole system at once, make sure that you are not overspending in one area and under-spending in another. Also remember the source component is the most important. Garbage in Garbage out!

Sometimes we intentionally mismatch the components in a system—at least for a little while. High performance systems can sometimes be too expensive to buy all at once. In this case, we suggest buying one component at a time. While the system won't achieve its full performance potential until the last component is purchased, this strategy minimizes the total cost of the system and insures that the final system is well planned and evenly balanced.

A well matched system will very naturally reproduce the music you love, with the highest possible performance for your budget.

● Audio System Setup Suggestions

How you setup your system will greatly affect its performance. This section contains setup considerations and techniques for realizing your system's maximum potential.

 Room Design and Acoustic Treatments

The acoustics of your room will heavily influence the sound. Articles on Room Design expound on the importance of room dimensions, room construction, and acoustic treatments. The acoustic treatments article discusses the value of controlling bass room resonances, slap echo, and early specular reflections.

 System Break-in

Very often new components will improve considerably with use. The break-in period varies considerably depending upon the product—from as little as an hour to as many as hundreds of hours. Your owner's manual may have specific break-in instructions; if so, we suggest that you follow them. You can accelerate the break-in period by playing your system while you're not home. Using a tuner or a CD-player set to repeat, just start the system when you leave. Listen periodically to the system and stop the break-in when you notice no further improvement.

For speakers and some analog cables with networks, the volume that you use will be important. For the first few hours, keep the volume low. For the next dozen hours or so, use a moderate volume. From then on, use a higher volume with music that contains wide dynamic contrasts. If you are in a hurry, you can accelerate the speakers' break-in with a special procedure:

 Rapid Speaker Break-in: Place the two speakers face-to-face. Disconnect one speaker from the amplifier and reconnect it out-of-phase by reversing the speaker wires. The speakers will now cooperate with each other in a push-pull fashion, which will break in the surrounds on the drivers more quickly. Just don't forget to put the speakers back in phase after you're done!

Bass Reinforcement

Independent of the room dimensions, materials, and resonances, the position of the speakers and the listening position within the room will influence the audio performance in the bass region. This phenomenon is often referred to as bass reinforcement or bass tuning.

The wavelength of a sound is inversely proportional to its frequency; lower frequency notes have longer wavelengths. At very low frequencies, the wavelengths are much longer than the distance between the speakers and the walls. The sound radiated from the speakers reflects off the walls and may arrive back at the speaker substantially in phase (or not depending upon the speaker design)—and to some degree or another—with the original sound. At certain frequencies this can reinforce the sound wave and thus increase the efficiency of the speaker at those frequencies. As a result, the bass response in the room may be elevated in volume and extended in depth when compared to the response if placed in an open space (or a true anechoic chamber).

As the frequency rises, the reflected wave becomes increasing out of phase with the original wave. This results in cancellation at a certain frequencies. These frequencies depend solely upon the distance between the speaker and the boundary (wall, floor, and ceiling) in question.

All rooms have these effects; they are not a defect of the room or the speaker, but rather an unavoidable consequence of listening in a room. Carefully choosing the distances between the speaker and the room boundaries will minimize the unevenness of the bass reinforcement and cancellation effects. Some speaker designers provide setup recommendations for their speakers in the owner's manual. We suggest that you at least try these recommendations to see if they work well in your room.

For imaging reasons, we recommend that you position the speakers symmetrically so that the left and right speakers are mirror images of each other. As a good rule of thumb, also position the speakers so that the distance between the speakers and the side walls differs from the distance to the back wall by about one third. For example, if the speakers are 6 feet from the side walls, try positioning them 4 feet into the room. Take your measurements from the center of the woofer.

Speaker Toe-In

Toe-in refers to the angle between the speakers main axis and the side walls of the room. A speaker placed squarely in the room, firing directly ahead, has zero degrees of toe-in. For convenience, sometimes toe-in is measured not in degrees, but in percent, with 100% representing a speaker rotated so that it is firing directly at the listening position. The amount of toe-in needed depends upon the particular speaker involved, the geometry of the listening position, and the acoustic treatment in the room.

Experimentation will help you determine the optimal toe-in for your situation. As a starting point, please feel free to contact us with our recommendations; we have a tremendous amount of experience in setting up the speakers that we sell. The owner's manual may also have some concrete recommendations for toe-in (and other setup parameters as well).

When setting the toe-in, focus your attention on the size and position of the images. Generally speaking, smaller, more focused images will require somewhat more toe-in than larger, more fleshed-out images. Let your personal preference be your guide here. Also, rooms with highly reflective side walls may benefit from a setup with somewhat more toe-in, in order to reduce the amplitude of the sound reflected off the sides.

Turntable Tips

We still love analog—and we have set-up countless turntables over the years.

Regarding Linn turntables—if you ever put a new belt on, the duller side goes towards the platter. And if you wish to further improve the pitch stability, you may lightly rub talc into the belt, then wipe off the excess by running the belt through your fingers while wearing dust-free cotton gloves like those used for photography.. This will introduce slippage upon start-up, but don't let that fool you. The wow and flutter are always measurably better in this scenario. And this is not irrevocable. If you don't like the slippage upon start-up, simply wash the talc off the belt with warm water and pure soap (one which leaves no residue).

Set up your turntable properly as there are a number of adjustments that are critical including: overhang, offset angle, VTA, stylus force, and anti-skating which are all interdependent. By interdependent we mean that as you change one variable you are simultaneously changing other variables.

And please remember, if you ever move your turntable, you must treat the bearings properly so as not to damage them. And anytime you move your turntable even a fraction of an inch, at a minimum it must be rechecked with a level.

● 5.1-Channel Surround Audio Systems

A high-quality multi-channel audio system surrounds the listener with realistically lifelike sounds from all directions. These systems are used to:
Playback movie and surround TV soundtracks in a home theater (at a quality level exceeding commercial cinemas, we might add),
Convincingly recreate the acoustic space of the room or hall in which music was recorded, or
Create new musical experiences where the listener is at the center of the performance, with musicians all around.

The same fundamental principles of a stereo system also apply to a surround sound system, except that you need five or six channels of audio, rather than just two. Obviously a surround system can be quite a bit more expensive than a 2-channel stereo system of equivalent quality.

In addition to the usual front left and right speakers, a surround system adds a center front (or "dialog") speaker, rear left and right speakers, and usually a subwoofer. Space and budget considerations aside, you would have five identical speakers optimally positioned equidistant from the preferred listening position.

When cost precludes five identical best-quality speakers, our recommendation depends upon your priorities:
If you will listen to 2-channel stereo music on this system, and if this listening is most important to you, then invest in the best front left and right speakers, even if this means compromising elsewhere.
If home theater or multi-channel audio listening is most important, then invest in a high-quality center speaker. Use identical speakers in the front and rear corners, even if this means compromising a bit on quality.
If stereo and home theater listening are equally important, then invest in excellent front left and right speakers and an excellent center channel speaker. Compromise on the left and right rear speakers as necessary.

You may have heard recommendations to use special-purpose "bipolar" speakers positioned at the sides of the room, rather than regular speakers positioned in the rear. With the advances in surround technology brought by Dolby Digital and DTS, we no longer favor bipolar side/rear speakers.

A bit of history on bipolar surround speakers: Commercial cinemas need to have adequate sound in every seat in the cinema. They space speakers about every eight feet or so around the sides and rear of the theater to create a uniform surround sound field. This setup can create good environmental effects — the chatter of a cafe, or the echoes of a cave, or omnipresent boom of an explosion. They cannot, however, create localized effects — say of a plane passing smoothly overhead from right rear to front left. These limitations were carried over from Dolby Surround, the older two-channel matrixed surround format, and home theater dipole side speakers emulate the speaker array found in commercial cinemas.

In a home theater, however, the seating is usually confined to the center of the room. Sourced by a discrete digital format such as DVD or Blu-ray very realistic 360 degree effects can be created at the central listening position if directional surround speakers are placed in the rear corners. We only recommend bipolar speakers in home theaters with extensive off-center seating.

Generally speaking most people are doing 5.1 systems these days, although some people are doing 7.1 systems instead. All things being equal 5.1 systems are of course less expensive than 7.1 systems.

2012 Update:   Some Blu-ray discs now come with 7.1 soundtracks, so now there is more of a reason for installing 7.1 surround systems than before. Having said that, the percentage of discs being released today in 7.1 surround is still relatively small.

The acoustics of the room will also greatly affect the performance of the surround system. If you are custom building a room, we suggest that you consider acoustics when you choose the size of the room and the listening position. The primary listening position should usually not be located halfway back into the room as this position has anomalies that will interfere with the sound from the speakers.

As in a 2-channel stereo system, the electronics and cabling that you use with the speakers will greatly affect the system's overall performance. If you are listening to movies, the dynamic contrasts in the loud passages may dictate a somewhat larger amplifier than usual.

Instead of a preamplifier, a multi-channel audio system employs a surround-sound processor which:
Controls which source you're listening to (CD, DVD, VCR, FM Radio, turntable, and so forth).
Controls the sound levels and other electrical characteristics (delay, crossover point, etc.) of each channel.
Performs the surround decoding (Dolby Digital, DTS, or others)
Converts the digital signal to analog for output to the amplifiers and speakers,
Converts analog inputs to digital for further processing.

Surround sound processors vary considerably in sound quality and capabilities. In addition to the sonic merits of the equipment, you may wish to consider ergonomics, as some processors are considerably easier to use than others.

If 2-channel stereo listening is very important to you, then you may wish to consider a separate high-performance stereo preamplifier. With the surround processor's left and right front channels connected to the preamplifier, the system reuses the front amplifiers and speakers for multi-channel use. With a high-performance CD player, turntable, music server or other source connected directly to the preamplifier, this type of system design bypasses all the surround equipment during stereo use. We have found that this configuration usually provides the highest possible quality stereo listening.

A good multi-channel system properly setup can accurately recreate the complex acoustic space of a music recording, and it can create stunning sonic effects for movies and surround music.

● All About Room Design

We all know that most recordings are made in recording studios. And most people realize that recording studios are specially built to have good room acoustics. But many people don't consider the importance of room acoustics for the playback of music. Well designed and implemented acoustic treatment can make any good system sound considerably better.

And if the goal is to reproduce film, a good room design needs well controlled lighting, as well as proper acoustics. A properly designed home theater takes the reproduction of a video or film to a significantly higher level.

When a client has the freedom to build a new room (either through new construction, an addition, or through remodeling), we can adopt a comprehensive approach to realizing outstanding performance in that room. This approach carefully designs:
The dimensions and shape of the room, which form the basic acoustics of the room, particularly in the bass region.
The techniques and materials used in the construction of the room, which determine the resonant, sound transmission, and sound isolation properties of the room boundaries.
The acoustic treatments within the room, which given the dimensions, shape, and construction of the room, refine the bass characteristics of the room, and define the midrange and treble acoustics of the room.
The electrical system, so that the utility company can deliver the highest quality power to the audio components. Also, in some cases the design of the electrical system may need to reduce the electrical noise from external sources, such as television transmitters, industrial equipment, or computers.
The heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system, so that noise isn't introduced into the room. If soundproofing is desired so that the music room doesn't disturb others in the house, then we also can offer consultation on the design the HVAC system for sound isolation.

And for home theaters, we additionally consider:
Lighting and lighting control. Lighting is the intentional addition of artificial light with the goal being of not hindering the video system's performance. Lighting control is the elimination of external light to prevent the degradation of the system's performance.
Sight lines, which need to be considered so that everyone can see the entire frame of the movie.
Floor, wall, and ceiling color also are important considerations. There are obviously both technical and aesthetic trade-offs that sometimes need to be made. We work very closely with your architect and interior designer to make whatever trade-offs are necessary be as non-deleterious as possible to system performance. If you are selecting colors, we suggest that you utilize the services of a design professional if at all possible.
Tip: It's much easier to build a great sounding room than it is to make any old room sound great. We suggest that you involve us early in the design process ― ideally before any plans have been drawn up or any room dimensions have been decided upon!

We offer our design and consulting services to those who wish to build their own dream room. If you are one of those lucky few, you are invited to call and arrange an appointment to speak to us about your project.

Fine audio allows for:
Highest fidelity to the original recorded performance
Harmonious clarity, tonal color and timbre
Accentuated balance between accuracy and warmth
Natural sound staging and phase-perfect ambiance
Precise and detailed renditions


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