Speakers are far more personal than electronics because they are far more flawed. Where amps, preamps, and DACs stretch the limits of measurement equipment, speakers challenge the credibility of accurate reproduction.
Whenever someone asks me to make a speaker recommendation the first questions I have to ask are what their goals are. What kinds of music do they listen to? What do they hope to achieve? Without that information, I cannot give a valid suggestion of brand and type.
It probably bears repeating that I believe the process of building a high-end music system starts with the loudspeaker and works its way back through the chain. If your end goal is to perfectly reproduce small chamber ensembles at the expense of massive symphonic splendor you’re likely not going to want an electronic chain that focuses on brute force.
Most of us find ourselves in the position of already having an audio system and trying to do what we can to maximize its performance. But, sometimes it’s best to think long and hard about our speakers and the choices we’ve made. Are they the right ones for what you hope to achieve? Would it be worth rethinking your choice?
Tough questions to ask and even tougher ones to answer.
Speakers are personal.
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.