Confessions of an Audiophile: Why Quality Sound MattersSeptember 13, 2013 By Josh Finkelstein, Ingram Micro
I still remember the exact moment when audio made a difference in my life. I had always loved music, but I had never really taken the time to appreciate it on a nice stereo. After my buddies and I graduated high school and went off to college, my best friend Dan began selling stereos at the local Good Guys to help pay for his education.
He made great money, and one day he sold enough home audio to win an amazing pair of speakers made by Energy, the Veritas 1.8. He set them up in their own room, connected to a very strong amplifier and an HDCD player (there was no SACD back then) and he played me some cuts from Dire Straits. Those of you who have had this moment know how difficult it is to describe.
You hear air, sounds decay, fingers run down guitar strings and the vocalist’s inhale right before he sings a note. You feel connected to the artist and more emotion than ever before toward the art of music. I knew at that moment that I was on a mission to build a stereo system that could make me feel the way Dan’s did.
Of course, before my generation were the enthusiasts with ponytails building speakers in their garages and talking about “quads,” like Don Cheadle’s character in "Boogie Nights"– but where are we today? Our latest generation of device-laden and attention-deficit customers don’t have the time to put together a decent stereo, and they are always on the move.
Over the past two years, we learned loud and clear that this generation will pay top dollar for stylish and decent sounding headphones. In fact, headphones are one of the only three categories projected for growth by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in 2013 (cellphones and tablets are the other two). Unfortunately, we all are feeling the effects of that market getting completely oversaturated. So, what’s next?
My “aha” moment on Bluetooth speakers came two years ago while working at Monster Products. Their “iClarity” speaker still plays a huge role in my everyday life.
It’s a wonderful sounding Bluetooth speaker that is also a brilliant teleconference speaker. This year, we expect to see dozens, if not hundreds, of Bluetooth speaker offerings.