This page is still under construction.
You will find some of the information in the section 'About me'
and a concise version for mobile display in the loudspeaker section on my i-mode site.
If you're interested or want to know more: email me.
There are a few remarks, though, that I'd like to make beforehand:
Imagine a set of glasses that absorbed part of the visual information and passed on the rest to your brain blurred
and tinged. Nobody would find that acceptable. Obviously nobody is willing to view something in blurred and
tinged mode. Strangely enough, hearing seems to be a different matter. Some people abuse their ears by treating them with cheap ghetto blasters
and junk stereo sets with lousy loudspeakers – it blows my mind how anybody would do this voluntarily to their ears.
Now most people will tell you, "I can't hear the difference anyway" (little wonder if you have loudspeakers produced by "Booze" or similar companies). But if you ever listen to a decent stereo
you will immediately notice the difference. And a decent stereo set is not that expensive, provided you don't waste your money on costly equipment, lots of LEDs and hundreds of Watts
that you will never use to capacity at home. It is much wiser to invest it in good loudspeakers, they are really the weak spot in every stereo set.
And a short remark for those "technical data freaks": There are hundreds of standards for measurement and compiling data so, unless you're an expert, you can't really compare. Now if you have
a heap of plastic offered in one of those mail-order catalogues that supposedly has "a total output of 2,000 Watts" this can only be interpreted as meaning "on 0.1 Ohm 'load' with 99.9% crackle
for 1/1000 seconds until it all burns out". – Well, at least that "DII" (dumbest imaginable idiot) honestly believes he has bought something really good – for just 199.– $. Even a simple battery
will produce this output for 1/1000 seconds – just short-circuit it.
On the other hand, there are freaks (and even specialist journals) who are convinced that they can hear a difference of quality in cables worth 300 to 400 dollars a meter (!). Okay, I admit you
shouldn't connect your equipment with plain wire either but, really, it would be stupid for anyone who's got other things in life to pay for, too. What's the use of expensive cables if the signal
has to travel through several yards of thin wire before reaching the amplifier terminal, when the transitional resistance at the terminals will have
ruined many times everything that your high-end wires were supposed to notch up in subtleties?
I for one am convinced that every 100 bucks invested in decent loudspeakers will surprise you with a much better result in sound than the
same amount spent on cables. Should you be privileged to already own loudspeakers worth 50,000 dollars (I am not, and I doubt you are), you might want to start thinking about buying cables for
that kind of money. Or you could give it to charity, it would be money well spent.
Before I close I'd like to tell you something very important – even though the "birds" among you ("Wow, cheap, cheap!") and those always looking for the "best bargains
in town" may not like to hear it.
A friend of mine wrote a thesis on "Damage to the ear caused by sound distortions" (e.g. by lousy speakers or headphones) – which confirmed
what I had always suspected: An otherwise uncritical sound level, if accompanied by a high degree of distortion, results in a noticeably higher ear damage than the same level with low distortion.
In other words: Hearing is more severely damaged by distortion than by noise. Obviously the worst case scenario would be high sound levels
plus high levels of distortion. Which is what you get in most rock concerts but also in junk stereo sets turned on full volume or also
in the latest "hip'n cool" MP3 players.
Of course everyone has to decide for himself how much he values his ears – but keep in mind: you only have this one set!