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Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

TNT-Audio caught up with noted speaker designer David Smith, ex-JBL, McIntosh, KEF, Snell, and PSB. Join TNT and Speaker Dave on a journey into the heart of speaker design, its history and current trends. read more…

EVGA InterView 1700 Dual Display

In case your desk could definitely use another monitor in order for you to become more efficient then maybe you should be checking out EVGA’s Interview 1700 Dual Display.

It’s not just a monitor, it’s two monitors into one. read more…

EVGA Announces Rotatable Dual-LCD InterView Panel

EVGA is finally ready to launch a new panel concept. The rotatable dual-LCD InterView display is made by two 17-inch LCD displays which are both mounted on a single desktop stand. Each LCD screen will offer you a 1,440 x 900 resolution and they can rotate up to 180 degrees horizontally, fold up to 90 degrees and therefore the whole system will be perfect for your public presentations or your crowded desk. read more…

Interview with Dr. Lloyd Peppard of Mapletree Audio Design

Interview with Dr. Lloyd Peppard of Mapletree Audio Design

HFR – Dr. Peppard, how long has Mapletree Audio been in existence and how did it start?

Dr.LP – I guess it really started back in the late ’50s when as a teenager I started designing and building my own audio gear. But I only got into the actual marketing of my designs under the name Mapletree Audio Design in 2001 with the Octal 6 preamp. In the ensuing 6 years I have made over 400 units of the various models including kits, which are currently a small part of the total. read more…

Interview: AudioMagic’s Jerry Ramsey

Several years ago I participated in a power cord shoot out. There were 5 cords being compared in this event. I did not know the brands or prices of each cord until the shoot out was finished. One of my favorite cables was an Audio Magic Extreme power cord. What really got my attention was that this cord sold for $89 at the time. When I started writing for Affordable Audio, one of the first things I did was contact Audio Magic. Jerry Ramsey agreed to send out a complete set of Extreme interconnects and speaker wire for review. The Extreme cables performed quite nicely, and have become my reference for modest priced cables. Since the topic of cabling can be a controversial one, Now Jerry has taken quite awhile to get back to me with his answers, however he did find time in his busy schedule to get his thoughts down on paper.

HFR – Why do cables make a difference? Interconnects, speaker, and AC cords

JR. The same reason good amps, speakers, CD players, pre amps make a difference, cables are a component of the system as well, just remember your system is as good as it’s weakest link. The better the cable technology, the better the parts used [connectors, solder, conductors, dielectric etc] the better sound you will get. read more…

The Original Frugal-philetm, an interview with Dave Dlugos (aka planet_10), with additional comments from his audio partner Chris

The Original Frugal-philetm, an interview with Dave Dlugos (aka planet_10), with additional comments from his audio partner Chris

Dave Dlugos has been around the internet for some time. He’s been providing the DIY community with lots of help and inspiration the whole time. His sites include www.t-linespeakers.org, a site specializing in both factory built and DIY transmission line loudspeakers and derivatives, and www.planet10-hifi.com, his commercial site. He’s also been busy at www.frugalhorn.com ,(providing many free, well drawn box plans for some of the loudspeaker drivers he sells), and www.planetsofta.com (where he sells many new and used items including vintage drivers whilst his partner sells sewing patterns, craft items, and book—all of it on ebay). Dave also sells computer stuff, and does some computer consulting.

Part of the planet_10 philosophy seems to be recycling, and helping to reduce our impact on the planet. Somehow this guy seems like the kind of person I’d like to be—but simply don’t have the time to become. I have no idea how many calories a day that Dave takes in, but I imagine it’s quite a few—something has to power him to the over achieving Energizer Bunny that he must be. I have never met Dave, nor talked to him on the telephone prior to doing this interview. This interview was an email interview, that is questions were posed via email. Responses were emailed back. A telephone conversation followed up this exchange to add more of a personal sense of style and help me to ensure I portray his energy and passion in a realistic and credible way. So here goes: read more…

Interview: Who is Perry Pecker and why does he want to take over the (audio) world?

Hemp Acoustics has been around for a few (couple) years, and yet many have never seen, let alone heard a Hemp Acoustics driver. Why is that? Why is it that in a seemingly expanding universe of loudspeaker manufacturers and driver companies this name keeps on coming up? And yet, virtually no one has heard them? (many people have I would say a few thousand people just so you should know we aren’t an enigma) In an attempt to provide our readers with a little insight and to help answer some of the questions that inquiring minds wanna know, I’ve decided to interview Perry Pecker (Hemp’s vice president). In the best W5 style (both regarding the interview style and as a tip of the hat to CTV’s long running new magazine program), here goes. read more…

Interview with Nicholas Chua of Promitheus Audio

HFR-What is your background?

NC-My background is actually engineering, mechatronics to be exact. Mechatronics is where the synergy of different disciplines of engineering converges to create simpler, more economical, and versatile systems. I currently lecture in an ex-Motorola semiconductor company On-Semiconductor in the areas of electronics for their in-house program. read more…

Interview: Dave Fabrikant of Ascend Acoustics

Interview: Dave Fabrikant of Ascend Acoustics

HFR – How/when did you first get into audio as a hobby? What was your first audio system?

Dave Fabrikant I think I was about 8 years old. I was fascinated with my grandfather’s audio system, can’t use the term “stereo” as it was a monaural system. The single loudspeaker, I believe it was a Fisher, was the size of a refrigerator. A few years later (I think I was 10) I blew up one of my father’s loudspeakers and I convinced him that I could fix it and make it sound better. That was not as easy as I thought it was going to be 😉 read more…

Interview: David Solomon, Signal Path International, Makers of Era Speakers

Interview: David Solomon, Signal Path International, Makers of Era Speakers

HFR – How has the audio distribution market changed in the last 20 years?

I assume you’re asking about retail, so I’ll just address a few changes. One of the most significant changes in retail is the proliferation of more “non-specialty” outlets, while upscale audio specialty retail shops are on the decline. Audio is a sideline to most national chains, so expert advice is a lost art with most of the big box movers. As a result, many consumers are buying equipment that falls short of their needs. If there’s a lost opportunity in this business, it’s the fact that most consumers don’t realize that if they went into a specialty store, they could spend about the same money and get much better equipment. read more…

The Inside Game: A Look at VMPS Audio

The Inside Game: A Look at VMPS Audio

I recently acquired a used pair of VMPS Tower II SE speakers to use as my home theater fronts. The moment I heard these speakers, I realized this was the best sounding system I had ever assembled by a very wide margin (more on that later). There’s absolutely no reason to upgrade my speaker for a long time because, in my price range, this is perhaps as good as it gets.

Because of this speaker purchase, I decided to learn more about VMPS Audio and speak briefly with its founder – Brian Cheney. read more…

Interview with Robert Gaboury of Atelier Audio

Interview with Robert Gaboury of Atelier Audio

HFR – What are the difficulties associated with using full range drivers?

RG – A full range driver is a balancing act between extreme low mass (low inertia) for high frequencies and sufficient mass to getthe cone large and stiff enough to produce lower frequencies (by moving a larger amount of air) without break-up. It is up to the designer to design an enclosure that will raise bass level to hopefully match the rising high frequency output.

HFR – How does the bass augmentation board affect the output of the rear horn? read more…

Interview with Brady B. of Audioengine USA

Interview with Brady B. of Audioengine USA

HFR – What was the genesis of Audioengine?

BB– Our idea behind Audioengine was to create a line of great sounding powered speakers that offer an easy way to interface with all the digital music and video players being released. There are some well designed digital audio players but not many “real” powered speaker systems in the same category to support these products. We wanted to replace bulky AV receivers and provide the best sound possible, but without all the setup hassles. Our original goal was to just ride the iPod wave, but A5’s work great with so many other products that we couldn’t ignore such as the Airport Express and Squeezebox, as examples. read more…

Interview with Paul Mc Gowan, the founder of PS Audio

Interview with Paul Mc Gowan, the founder of PS Audio

This year CES show in Las Vegas was said to be the biggest ever. The major part of the audio show was located in hotel Alexis Park and the nearby hotel St. Tropez that hosted the T.H.E. show.

One of the most crowded rooms was the PS audio room, where their new Power Plant products where displayed as well as their new amplifier and lab cable. This room (or actually 2 rooms) where very much different from majority of the other rooms. Paul Mc Gowan had most of his family there, and all of them dressed in colorful Hawaiian style shirts. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. They had a nice set up where a handful of power conditioners and line filters where displayed together with the Power Plant. These units where connected to a oscilloscope and a big screen, and one could monitor what the different units where actually doing as well as comparing the difference between them and the power plant. This was highly educational, and proved beyond doubt the effectiveness of Power plant.

I agreed to meet up with Paul at the end of the day so that he could give us an interview regarding his background, his work, and his thoughts on future of audio. Our thought was to present the persons behind the products that we read about, and to be able to hear their thoughts, ideas and goals. read more…

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