The Zen Open Baffle loudspeakers are now available. Considered the most realistic sounding speakers we make!
In part III of the Zen Open Baffle project we complete the original design concept with the broadcast system and I have a couple epiphanies as a result of raising my personal benchmark for best sound I’ve heard to date. I knew it would work, I hoped it would be good, and had no idea it would redefine what good is!
You can read the article here.
I’ve been asked more than once what I think are the some of the best recordings on CD available by my customers and frankly one of the first that always comes to mind is MA Recordings. One of the closest to analogue sounding labels I know of anyway. Why am I plugging MA recordings - A) they fully deserve it and B) the recordings make a wonderful demo of our gear.
Want to improve the sound of your audio system? Can it ever really be good enough? Being in the business of manufacturing audio gear I see the audiophile frenzy to upgrade components from a rather inside perspective. For some it is an never ending quest, for others it stops when the pocket book runs dry.
The weakest link game is about spending as little money as possible while getting the highest fidelity you can. And it starts with the fundamental understanding that a chain is never stronger than it’s weakest link. The audio chain is no different. You absolutely will NOT hear anything sound better than the poorest sounding component in your chain.
The motivation for writing this paper comes from seeing people handicap their audio system on a daily basis. (( MORE ))
On our audio forums, members have a moniker that usually includes a tag line. Mine say; “If the first watt sucks, why continue?” Having said that, this is not going to be another hard line attempt to convince you that SET amps are the only way to get good sound, or that high efficiency speakers automatically sound better than anything else.
Over the years I have learned that for every assumption about audio there are exceptions that could lead one to conclude the exact opposite. This “law” encompasses every facet of audio, from cartridges to loudspeakers and all the cables and components in between.
Living in the smack middle of the USA surrounded by corn in a society where audio is whatever they tell you it is, and high end audio is an incomprehensible psychedelic concept too ridiculous to be taken seriously… an audiophile could feel a little lost. Around here, high end shops sell mid fi - that to the encompassing miss informed local mass, appears to be hi fi.
I guess keeping this in perspective, I would think that possibly say what… 95% of this entire country fall into the same category of perceived audio nirvana phobia, where an appreciation for the emotional / spiritual intercourse with music does not exist.