This testimonial was transferred directly from my most recent customer’s email sent to me 9/18/19.
Martin Logan Expression 13A speakers, Aurender A10 music server, McIntosh C2300 tube pre, McIntosh 601 monoblocks, Nordost Frey 2 and Tyr 2 cables
I call this hobby of music listening my preferred drug of choice. It is a wonderful addiction. But, to me it is not good enough to simply have a system you enjoy, the journey of building the system by changing components or cables over your life is equally important. I will also fully admit some components of this drug of choice are lost on me as to why they work and seem to be based on pure magic. Why does going from cable A to cable B move the sound stage? Why does changing the spikes on the music stand alter the transparency of what I am hearing? I have no clue. But I do like to test things out and see what they do to my stereo.
One day I am sent a link from my father (also an addict) of Bob giving a seminar on what he does with speaker placement. It is an hour of him talking with an audience about his profession and process in speaker placement to pull the very best natural sound out of any system. What Bob had to say about his methodology made sense so my father and I talked it over and decided to invite Bob to Wisconsin for the weekend to configure our systems.
Bob comes to my house first and walks in with a small bag, the tools he needed to do the job. What surprised me most was what was inside his bag: a level and a single piece of paper listing song titles. Bob gave me the list and said these are the songs we will use to configure your systems.
I won’t get into the complete process of what he did since it is his business but when he left that night my stereo has never sounded so good. The easiest way to describe it is the music sounded so lifelike. Artists sounded like they were in the room positioned where they were when they made the songs. The setup I had before he made changes was no joke. The system was wonderful before but now I felt I was part of the music in a way. It is just incredible.
The whole process was done without any measuring tools, mirrors or gauges. Just Bob, his knowledge, these music files, and our ears. Now I know immediately there are many experts out there which will likely go crazy over the fact he didn’t use any tools. To a degree, I will side with these experts. There is likely a mathematical way to calculate the perfect speaker placement in a room, however, this equation has to factor in the entire room, the dimensions, the surface densities, reflective properties, and all the speaker’s nuances. I believe if we had all of that information in addition to all the other variables of the environment and a proven formula we could come up with a way to define exactly where to put each speaker, but I am unaware of anyone who has done this.
Until then, I have Bob. Bob used the best measuring tool at our disposal…the human ear. And in the end, it makes sense. The end customer isn’t a calculating machine, it was me.
I highly endorse Bob for system configuration and offer myself to answer questions as his referral.
Update: My brother recently purchased a house and we set his system up in a new room. We took the opportunity to run Bob’s process to optimize everything. Bob is clearly better than we were to iron out all the details which made my system really pop but following our changes, the system did sound better than what the standard setup would have been. The bass is a little boomy on some notes, the stage center wasn’t very fixed and the vocal breadth just seemed too wide. We were just not as skilled as Bob is to put the cherry on top.