Community Testimonials 1

“If it wasn’t for getting together with friends and listening to music as a group I would not have heard some of my favorite songs, and I would not be a DJ today.” – DJ Pop Fugitive

“Great, Listening to music is one of the greatest ways to enjoy and relax, be it live or from a great music system, thus getting high quality technology at a good price should be prioritized” – Stig Johnsen, Senior Researcher, SINTEF

“Let’s help the next generation discover real stereo!” – Christopher Jouannet

“A great objective but one that has many daunting obstacles.  I hope the endeavor results in some level of success to bring others into the stereo loving world.” – Angel

“I think this is an excellent idea.  Without action, I worry that the audiophile community will eventually wither away.  Recent developments in technology and attitudes toward music have delivered serious body blows to the music industry and the audiophile community.  I hope that even small steps will help to reverse this trend.” – Stephen Graham

“I am delighted to have discovered an organized movement to keep high-performance audio alive.” – Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, The Arts Press

“I have a lot of friends who create and listen to music, but don’t utilize high-end stereos to enjoy their music.  I hope to introduce them to the Save The Stereo Project so they can learn about the high-end side of listening to music.” – Robert Helms

“I would like to help more people understand the pure beauty and strength of hi-fi sound.  Also, it’s a big loss that – at present time – it is almost impossible to find non-remastered albums with original sound.” – Dmitry Shikonin, Deputy Project Manager, AB Development

“Music enhances the activities of life.  Playing Italian Opera while cooking an Italian meal enhances both experiences.  Relaxing at the end of the day listening to jazz provides a far more restful night than watching TV.  I think that far too many people have forgotten or never knew these experiences.  I regularly have people over and they are amazed at what good sound is.  I have had people say they heard things in music on familiar albums that they had never heard before.  I have helped a number of people get their first stereos and hope to do that many more times.” – Gregory Morgan, Licensing Specialist, UC Berkeley

“Seems like a great idea.  My own kids really have no interest in high fidelity despite my own admittedly modest, but good home system.” – Sam McClanahan

“Music has been a great part of my life and the pursuit of music reproduction has been great fun.  I have listened to super music, made life-long friends, and have created and supported live music performances.  Bravo for real stereo.” – Bruce Schlein

“It’s a great idea.  We support everything that is stereo.” – Robert Stereo, Owner, 1001 Hi-Fi

“Your mission statement is simple and direct and allows us to be creative in suggesting steps to enhance and grow our hobby.  It surely has inspired dialog!  And, with the best, positive observations and comments, maybe we might discover a new paradigm.” – David Spella

“As a long time audio technician, musician, and recording artist, I am in total agreement with the principals of this project and would like to contribute in any way possible to further the cause.” – Gerry Berg

“Very important that our young MP3 using younger generation have the opportunity to hear and own affordable audio equipment and how well it can resolve the only high end medium – vinyl! Of course, digital has its place too, but to a much less degree in our house!  Long live stereo.” – Keith Irwin, Woodhouse Rehearsal and Recording

“This is something that has needed to be done for a long time.  Most people do not know what true quality sound is.  This is a great hobby and hope by doing this we can get more people involved.” – Ray Mcghee

“We should start with education.  We need to develop a training program starting with the basics.  We also need to give people the opportunity to listen to high quality stereo equipment to give them a point of reference.” – Kirill Tregubov

“I would like more speakers and headphones to be designed and manufactured with one goal in mind, a painless listening experience.  Hopefully people of the future will be less likely to compromise their hearing through mainstream listening devices.” – Stefan

“Life is too short for mpegs and earbuds.” – Dominick Rodriguez

“This is a noble effort to save good quality audio.” – Brian Albert

“I support the Save The Stereo Project because I firmly believe that component high fidelity needs to be preserved.  The equipment that is now generally available at stores such as H.H. Gregg and Best Buy is not quite as good or as versatile as many of the components that were available in the past.  I am also distressed by the diminishing availability of classical music on FM radio.  I hope something can be done to reverse that.” – Seth Jakel, Help Desk Analyst, C3i

“I’m so glad I came across this project.  I sometimes feel like the crazy person when I try to convince my friends and family that sound matters.  I’m thrilled there’s a broader movement supporting this position.” – Matt Emmons

“Stereo is a way of listening to music that we must show to young people.  It’s their heritage.” – Wandique Silva

“Great music in the home is an excellent benefit to civilization!” – Doug Reid

“I truly believe that a good stereo system can provide a pleasurable, fulfilling, and satisfying listening experience.  Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of audio/video components on the market today are not as good as those of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.  As the focus has shifted from music playback and reproduction to video and MP3 downloads, it seems as if the sound quality has just gone down the drain.  The fact that vintage components from brands like Marantz, Fisher, Sony, Technics, Kenwood, Yamaha and others go for impressive sums on eBay and other websites bears witness to their quality.” – Justo Roteta

“Once you hear what a properly chosen and set-up high fidelity system can do, and the way it connects you to the music, there’s no way back.  Everything else you listen to afterwards just falls short.” – Jorge Areyzaga

“I fully support Save the Stereo Project.  Well recorded music played back on a high quality stereo is food for the soul.” – Richard Dolan, Erstwhile Canadian designer and manufacturer of high end two-channel stereo

“I support Save The Stereo Project.  I have been listening to music through mid to high-fidelity equipment for forty years.  Listening to music and evaluating equipment through my life has been, and will always be, part of my daily activity.  Music makes me feel great, brings up fond memories of my youth, and includes many friends along the way that I have met due to auditioning and or purchasing audio equipment.” – Bob Newman

“Accurate reproduction of music is lacking, but hopefully, this project will change that!” – Modi Hammarstedt

“Valuable and worthwhile project as music enriches all spectrums and age brackets in life.” – Ed S.

“We need to strongly help and support the next generation to understand and experience what stereo is capable of.” – Jeff Harris, Firefighter

“Hi-Fi stereo audio is like good wine, or good coffee, or gourmet food; the heightened quality taps a level of satisfaction that just can not be compared to anything considered average.  The problem with high quality two-channel audio is, unlike wine or coffee or food (insert your analogy here), most people don’t even have the ability to experience it.  Once you’ve been exposed, it’s hard to go back to anything less, or, at the very least, there is a desire instilled to create a personal system in attempt to replicate such good audio.  Exposure is the key.  Embrace good audio.  Share good audio.  Educate on good audio.  There is nothing better.” – Matthew Bowen

“Stereo reproduction is the closest format to listening to a live performance with the band spread out across the stage in front of you.” – Gary Cook

“As a young audiophile, it is nice to see that something is being done about the current state of recorded music and my generation of listeners.” – Alex Rogers, Student, Octorara High School

“I believe this is a very worthwhile project and endeavor!  I have seen a decline (in my opinion) through the years (I am in my 50’s) in people pursuing dedicated listening of most genres of music as well as a percentage decline in the number of people who seem to care about audio quality as compared to when I was in my 20’s.  Hopefully, this project will have a positive outcome in some fashion be it large or small.  At least it would be a step in the right direction!” – Terry

“In the age of lossy digital media and the loudness war, Save The Stereo Project is playing a vital role in educating the listening public for the preservation of high-performance audio.” – James Piazza, Founder, The Innerspace Experimental Music Center

“Think about removing all the paintings from the world’s museums and replacing them with digital image on a phone attached to the museum wall.  What kind of world would this be?  Would you want to live in it?” – Reynold Dodson

“You haven’t heard music until you’ve listened to stereo.” – Shawn Lim

“Music has always been one of the greatest loves of my life.  As I discovered the joys of a true sound (a sound the iPod generation seems content to live without) that love became a passion.  Because you don’t miss what you’ve never known, there is a whole generation that may never find a true sound.” – T. Fallon

“I like this idea.  I hope the audio industry and willing end users can work together to promote this hobby.  I have been around audio equipment since day one.  I actually grew up in a Hi-Fi shop that my parents owned.  After high school, I worked at a Federated Electronics store and went on to sales and installation for a couple independent shops.  I also did time in a local record store.  I can remember when owning a stereo system and listening to music was common and most guys aspired to have a bad ass system.

I will never forget selling newspaper subscriptions at two different universities while in high school and seeing stereo equipment everywhere; in dorm rooms and frat houses music was playing constantly.  I also looked forward to the beginning of the school year as a salesman because it meant the college kids would be coming in for new gear.  These things don’t happen anymore.

I have seen the number of brick and mortar shops disappear in this college town from many to a couple and I fear the shop I enjoy doing business with won’t be around much longer.  The headphone industry has exploded, which is understandable, but you cant party with headphones on and a docking boom box or computer speakers are no substitute for an integrated amp and at least a pair of bookshelf speakers.  Vinyl has made a big comeback with the kids, yet I wonder what they are playing it on.

As you can see, my focus is leaning toward college kids.  They are the future and they are the customer that should be focused upon. These young people tend to have the means for at least a modest system and this is where trends are set.  I do realize that computers and hand held devices are competing for expendable dollars and that gaming and social media hare competing for attention, yet you would think a good amp and speakers would make these activities more enjoyable.

Advertising and demonstration are a must.  Without actually hearing the difference between computer speakers or boom boxes of some sort and a real set of components chances are they will not come around to the Hi-Fi industry, let alone the high end.

I guess the audio industry figured they didn’t need to advertise, that they would always be sought out.  Well, they were wrong.  Advertising is paramount.  Look what it did for Bose and Beats.  Yet you never see an ad for a Yamaha amp or Pioneer speakers in anything mainstream.  Kids are not picking up Stereophile or What Hi-Fi on a news stand.

If it is a money issue that keeps these companies from advertising on the Grammys or wherever the kids are watching, then band together with some sort of co-op or association of manufactures. The manufactures should also support local dealers with on campus demonstrations during rush or at sporting events.  Many college campuses have music departments and or the student union.” – Jeff Kyle

Feedback for Save The Stereo Project:

“I strongly support Save The Stereo Project and urge my fellow stereo industry friends to do the same.” - Gene Rubin, Gene Rubin Audio

“Finally, someone realized that we as an industry need to do something to prevent extinction.  Hope that influential industry members can/will pull together.” - Vade Forrester, Contributing Writer, The Absolute Sound

“I love the idea to promote, reach, and educate not just the audio lovers, but also to advance the appreciation of the music we try to reproduce.” - Ernie Fisher, Editor, The Inner Ear Magazine

"Bravo, Gordon. Your efforts to advocate for quality reproduction of music are sincerely appreciated." - Richard Schram, President, Parasound Products, Inc.

"We heartily agree with the Project. Young people are always surprised when they hear music through our Nola loudspeakers and associated electronics. "WOW!", they say, "I never thought it could be this good!" - Marilyn Marchisotto, VP/CFO, Accent/Nola Speakers

"I heartedly support Save The Stereo Project." - Bill Thalmann, President, Music Technology, Inc.

“This is just the thing needed to promote and encourage the next generation of high fidelity music listeners.” - Craig Sypnier, Owner, Audio Renaissance

“Great idea, I sincerely hope we all can get together spreading the word.  Listening to music is one of the greatest ways to decouple and relax, be it live or from a great music system.” - Peter B. Noerbaek, President, PBN Audio LLC - Montana Loudspeakers

“I wish Save The Stereo Project every success.” - Steve Daniels, President, The Sound Organisation

“High fidelity stereo enjoyment lives on through Save The Stereo Project!” - Adam Johnson, Madisound Speaker Components, Inc.

"Brilliant! The efforts of Save the Stereo Project are timely and much needed. We at Veloce Audio look forward to helping in any way we can." - Mark Conti, Managing Director, Veloce Audio

To read all of the industry and community feedback for Save The Stereo Project, check out the Feedback section.