Leaving change to others
In 1997 I left loudspeaker company Genesis Technologies and went back to my original love, PS Audio. It had been a 7-year break in the continuum—one I really needed to get my act together.
Upon my return, I re-imagined the company by building a new generation of products not yet seen in the audio industry, power regenerators. For nearly 5 years Power Plants were all we made yet I was still itching to get back to my roots in audio. Against all advice we re-imagined the company once again, this time building both power and audio products.
Those wonderfully loyal PS customers who were against our return to audio had only the best of intentions when they offered us advice: “You own the power market, why jump back into the crowded field of amps and DACs?” For us, the answer’s simple: we have always wanted to offer our customers a complete PS experience from the wall socket to our ears: power, sources, amplification, speakers, and the means to connect them together.
Our motivations for building what we believe will be the finest end-to-end system in the world have never wavered.
They are just taking longer than we had imagined. But then, that’s always been the case.
It only takes a microsecond to form a dream, but a lifetime to bring it into the physical world.
It’ll be worth the wait.
I don’t agree with this one, especially as relates to bass, but what do I know?
Speaker size should match the room
This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be.
Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker will work in just about any sized room. The exceptions are easily found with common sense: no, a pair of bookshelf speakers won’t work in the Astrodome just as an IRSV won’t fit into a closet.
As long as we’re on the same page with respect to common sense, let’s take a look at where these ideas came from.
Our natural human tendency is to match object size to the space they occupy, which is why a small dining room table in a big home looks out of place, or a king sized bed hardly works in a tiny room. But it’s our visual sensibilities that are at fault here, not the size mismatch. In fact, for a family of two with the occasional visiting couple, a 4-seat dining room table is all we need irrespective of the dining room’s size. And I can tell you from personal experience a king bed sleeps as well in a cramped room as it does in a palatial suite.
I remember one of my trips to NYC, while on a visit with Lyric HiFi owner Mike Kay. He took me to an old Brownstone somewhere on the city’s West Side to visit an IRSV owner. To my surprise, the giant 4-piece Infinity speaker system dominated their tiny living room to such a degree that the owners had to walk between the midrange and woofer towers to access their upstairs bedroom. The beasts consumed 80% of their living room and looked absurdly out of place to me, but oh man did they sing! These were some of the finest sounds I had ever heard from a pair of the massive speakers—almost as nice as another tiny room filled with them at the home of the Absolute Sound Magazine’s publisher, Harry Pearson.
With common sense boundaries in mind, I am calling this one fiction.