ARE WE ALL CRAZY?
by Steve Deckert
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.
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 nirvanaphobia, where an appreciation for the emotional
/ spiritual intercourse with music does
would argue that this is not the fault of the individual, but the
fault of our society, somewhat aggravated by marketing. I
can support this with the observation that the majority of "common"
people who I've exposed to the experience of musical euphoria left
with a clear understanding.
don't think it's popular in this society to spend money and time
creating a spiritual transducer that really works. If it did
really work, it would probably be ugly or at least considered on
the fringe of abnormal. I wonder why it is when a man dedicates
a room of his home to become his sanctuary and spends thousands
of dollars on gear to make it all happen, he is considered
so odd.. Foolish even perhaps? I don't know about you, but
I can answer that question in 500 pages or less.
worry, these primarily men are basically harmless. In fact we have
categorized this strange behavior with a special word that the effected
parties are tricked into telling everyone who will listen.. That
they are in fact an (the word is) "audiophile".
this intensely market driven country, it seems the audiophile community
has been contaminated with performance. I would like to know
exactly when and who it was that decided performance was the criteria
for judging audio. We should all go to Japan and wake up.
Everyone in Japan knows that the superior cone material for GOOD
SOUND is paper pulp. In Japan, it is common to find the arguments
over magnet materials and the best sounding pulp fibers being some
of the dominate issues.
here we're so concerned about about being serviced by everything
that we lack the ability to comprehend what it is like to commune
with our high end gear. Part of the reason for this is the
simple fact that most of the stuff I've listened to in this
country sounds bad enough to stand little chance if none to invoke
any sort of spiritual response from the listener. Trust me,
high technology and injection molded graphite and kevlar cones are
not going to do it.
fact lets think about it for a minute... small speakers, convenient
little boxes, big amplifiers, high tech cones and speakers to handle
the added stress of a culture that thinks
driving a boat 70 mph around the lake is easier than crossing the
bridge to the other side.
suppose you have a small box speaker 87 dB at 1 watt, probably the
standard in this country. You want one that will handle as
much power as possible so you can play it as loud as possible with
God forbid, no distortion. This leads to overly complex multiple
driver arrays, subwoofers and has set the stage for a marketing
feeding frenzy that most audiophiles have fell for hook line and
sinker. Wouldn't it have been just a lot simpler to listen to
a larger speaker that was efficient so that just a few watts was
too loud? Wouldn't it be a lot better for your amplifier to
driver something that didn't make it see red all the time?
Only large speakers can deliver this. You see, in real life,
sound waves cannot be scaled to fit your life. Low bass waves
are 80 feet apart and expand like waves in a pond when a pebble
is dropped. To reproduce life like sound, you need a large
speaker, preferably with only one driver in it.
accomplish this means commitment and desire. The desire to
make communion with music a priority in your life, to involve your
mate and friends in it and then the commitment to do it.
Since in this culture we, men, typically don't involve our mates
in our audio quest for truth, it's no wonder they won't tolerate
large speakers in their face. Oh I know, we've tried, but
they're just not interested, or impressed. What you don't
realize is that they, uncontaminated by the hundreds of hours reading
about audio, can still hear objectively. What they hear is
a usually dry, grainy,overly bright two dimensional sound that makes
it impossible for them to take you seriously.
to Japan, or some of the enlightened ones in this country and have
a listen to single ended triode amplifiers on masterfully built
sexy looking horn speakers and you will see
where I'm coming from. Don't be surprised if the softest rug
in the house is on the floor in front of those speakers because
the kind of listening done there often involves a mate and often
leads to much more than just listening.
would be so nice in this country to see audio lifted from the materialistic
wannabe plague that it is, to an experience that promotes a more
spiritual mind set . If only people could realize how to do
it, or more importantly why to do it. We'd have to watch less
TV. We'd have to spend more money on our stereo instead of
things that pollute the earth.