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LOUDSPEAKERS OF QUALITY
Do you use listening equipment that was designed 50 years ago? Most likely the answer is 'YES'. Stereo Loudspeaker technology has remained static for at least 50 years!
But while the basic designs have remained the same and are taken as 'the natural way', listeners have changed completely! How many people buy pairs of beautifully polished loudspeakers and proudly set them up in their homes?
The number of loudspeaker systems that are correctly set up, with the loudspeakers set about 1.8 metres apart, is vanishingly small, and yet to hear 'stereo' sound properly, that is the only way
Our world demands both elegance and performance from listening devices, this is very difficult to achieve and so consequently we are bombarded by specialist manufacturers claiming superiority of sound, improvement over competitors and generally 'something for nothing', yet they are all still based on the 2-speaker technology that is 50 years old!
Systems like SRS, Sound Doctor, Pono, Dolby and everyone else try to manipulate music so that it sounds 'natural' when played through today's 2-speaker systems, they all succeed in a very limited way, but equally, they all fail because the 'elephant in the room' is that so called 'stereo' from 2 speakers really does not work!
Most recent developments at Orbitsound (late 2013 and now in 2014) are showing developments that cannot be called 'improvements', they reset the stage completely.
We have addressed many physical horrors that were thought to be endemic to sound reproduction, like 'how do you eliminate interference between multiple loudspeakers?' 'How can you create a sound stage with real depth within the reflections of a normal room?' 'How can you get true lifelike bass that doesn't go boom boom?'
And we have tested numbers of 'sacred cows' and found them to be mythical; for example, 'you can hear the difference between digital and analogue amplifiers'..... our controlled experiments prove that you can't!
This is a huge subject and I shall continue to write about it, but for the moment it feels good to be able to say that there are now commercially available systems like the Orbitsound SB60 and M9 that really do bring the 'space' of the recording studio into the home; you really can appreciate the transparency of a superb HD audio signal and yet it still brings out the best in an MP3!
.......but don't take my word for it!
But after all that..... there are still compressors!!
P38v8 'Legacy' Stereo Compressor The LEGACY is a stereo 'opto' compressor solidly made in the UK. It is affordable by the smaller studio, but with full LEGACY performance instantly recognisable as superior to any regular compressors. The 'LEGACY' is presently out of production. Click here to read more.... and hear a demo!
The forums are full of comments and questions from engineers asking why their recordings don’t sound ‘right’ when they are following the directions and using the right gear. Why does an apple pie from a supermarket not taste anything like as good as one that grandmother made? The answers are remarkably similar! The supermarket pie has ‘uniformity’ processed into it; the ingredients may be pure and wholesome, but they are bland and ‘safe’. There are additives to preserve and packaging to enhance, the final result is pale and uninteresting. Digital equipment is designed by engineers who firmly believe that the ‘quality’ of a sound can be defined and measured, but great engineers know that there is much more to sound than that!
The TFPRO P38 range…., definitive optical compressors; compressors that brings out mood and feeling. The TFPRO P9….. Ted’s definitive equaliser; it brings warmth and life. The TFPRO M16….. Fine mic amps and mixing, a formidable combination; redesigned version 2 now available.NOTE, this website is now much more a 'resource' than a sales window. Ted still manufactures the odd compressor for those who insist! The range of TFPRO equipment was the result of a new look at the performance and design requirements of the 21st century record producer; a way of using the great tools and techniques of the past, and maintain the standards that are essential today. Ted originated the Joemeek® brand in 1993 and sold the trademark to PMI Audio Group in 2001.
There are references to Joemeek® in the website.....Joemeek® is a registered trademark of PMI Audio Group.
Ted is President of Orbitsound Ltd and the inventor of the Orbitsound spatial sound technology.