Community Testimonials 2

“I think this is a great idea.  We need to bring everyone that has a passion for music and high end audio to one place to share ideas on how we can promote this wonderful industry.  It’s such a shame that more people don’t know about this industry and wonderful hobby.  It’s long overdue for all of us to come together and find answers.  I look forward to helping in anyway I can, and have even started a Facebook page just for this reason.  Feel free to check out my high end audio Facebook page.  Hope to see you there.” – Kevin LaTour, LaTour High End Audio (Facebook)

“I believe in hearing what the artists intended on you hearing.” – Michael Elliott

“I support Save The Stereo because I agree with the value of recorded music in our personal lives.  I also believe there is value in experiencing entire albums by particular artists, rather than digitally downloading individual tracks.” – Bradley Bravard

“Great idea.  Here’s hoping the future is out there and that we can grab it.” – Kevin Mair

“I fully support the efforts of this website to educate the new generation that there is far more to hear and enjoy than MP3’s and portables.” – Mark Connolly

“I’m Thomas, a 22 year old musician, record collector, and audiophile.  There’s nothing like spinning your favorite record and cranking it up through a well thought out stereo system.  I make it a personal mission to convert as many of my peers as possible to the magic of high fidelity sound reproduction.” – Tbone Hoffman

“Let us hope this project will help fight audio ignorance.” – Francesco Flammini, Italy

“As a lifelong listener and audiophile, I use music, generated by brainwaves, to heal veterans, children with trauma and addictions.  It is the music of life.” – Thomas Portney, Neurotherapist, A Sound Mind

“I’ve been an audiophile since 1971 and have owned a few systems from the Stereophile Recommended Components listings, as well as items recommended by other publications such as The Absolute Sound, and analog-oriented publications like Audio Adviser.  I’ve been strictly mobile since around 1982 when high quality media players like the Sony Walkman D6C (or the Nakamichi automobile player) became available.  In recent years, the Dragonfly DAC/amp and its competitors have made laptop computer sound even higher in fidelity than what came out of the headphone jacks from the computers’ internal sound cards.

I began an interest in new types of stereo headphones in 2011, and have purchased approximately 100 of them along with various amps, posting my reviews to various sites including Amazon and Youtube.  Today, I see occasional forum threads comparing headphones and loudspeakers, but almost all of the discussion is allegorical and does not get into anything concrete.  Since there is enormous numerical growth in portable audio compared to home audio (excepting home theater or big-screen TV), home audio needs to be extended to encompass portable audio, as the same thing is being done in extending desktop computer applications to portable use.  This is needed so that the time-tested standards of high fidelity audio can gain a better foothold in portable audio.

Some current efforts along that line by Harman and Philips are encouraging, but the effort needs more support.

The big numbers in portable audio are now represented by the Beats brand, in headphones, cellphone sound processors, and working their way into car audio.  Without an effort to counter this trend, generations of potential young audiophiles are being lost to bad sound.” – Dale Thorn, independent reviewer

“Thank you for fighting to protect us from a world where MP3s and Beats headphones are all that’s left.  People need the opportunity to learn that ‘good enough’…isn’t!” – James David Walley, Raven Falls Photography

“I don’t want to be the last person around who understands what a good stereo sounds like.” – Danny Hoffman

“We, as a community, need to save the younger generation from products like Beats headphones and their ilk.  We need to show them that vinyl and lossless files can be enjoyable through an extremely affordable playback system, one that has features such as apps for remote control.  The industry needs to step up and promote new products that are affordable and musical.” – Gary D’Amato

“This is worth doing, and I will help where I can.” – YY Tan

“I fully support outreach to the mp3 crowd to introduce them to the excitement of high resolution audio.  But, please attend live music events.  The industry you support may be your own!” – Craig Weston

“Music, good music, is a must that we can’t let go.” – DT

“Outreach is one of many great ideas that I expect to surface through this project.  Looking forward to doing what I can to help.” – David S.

“Too many young people grow up on MP3s through mass market equipment, never knowing what or how much they’re missing.  Save the stereo!” – Cory Oliver, Gauge Coordinator, Henman Engineering & Machine

“I think the Save The Stereo Project is a great idea and I’d like to thank them for taking the time and making an effort to help to bring more light on such a wonderful and rewarding hobby.” – John Goleniak

“I have been into electronics and stereo since I was thirteen, gradually developing both my ear and electronic knowledge.  The idea of Save the Stereo Project is one that I fully support, not only for spreading the joy of well-sounding music, but also the knowledge this bring us through the hobby.” – Stefan Gutehall, Regional Manager Asia, Swarmplanet

“Great idea.  Hopefully some good will come of it, but the industry seriously needs to have good look at itself and why its going down the drain – especially rip off distributors.” – Dave C.

“I have been a music lover my entire life.  I first heard a quality Hi-Fi system my freshman year in college many years ago.  With my tax refund that next spring, I bought my first Hi-Fi system; a Pioneer receiver, AR turntable, and JBL speakers.  Since then, I’ve upgraded systems several times, and now I’m the proud owner of a Rega Saturn CD player, Rega Elicit amplifier, and Linn Majik bookshelf speakers.  I also own a second system (who can ever have enough): ARCAM FJ-19 amplifier and CD and Dali bookshelf speakers.

I, for one, do not believe that the evolution of music is going strictly to digital format.  There are, yes, some good digital storage and processing equipment already on the market, with better quality I’m sure coming down the pike.  However, the LP and CD formats are still the standard, in my humble opinion, and I always recommend quality Hi-Fi systems to my friends.  I even purchased one for my nephew in order to start him on a life of enjoying quality music.” – Mike Pace

“So many young people are very into music but sadly mislead about the playback options available to them.” – Stephen Dodds

“Save the Stereo Project needs to address with manufactures the need to reach to younger audience with events, not shows, showing what can be achieved with a low cost stereo set up.  If not, there is no point in going any further.  I am sixty years old and it took me some time to assemble a reasonable system ($30,000) which is not what youngsters would consider reasonable as a house or studies are priority.  All the young people I try to lure to Hi-Fi love it, but can’t afford it.  Food for thought!” – Irenee Grand

“I support the Save The Stereo Project to keep alive the emotions that the nuances of music has to offer, something needed to appreciate the beauty in other areas of life.” – Francisco Valery, Director, Servimedica

“My stereo has offered me years of musical enjoyment.  This industry needs to evolve with the technology while delivering the emotional and musical impact a high performing system can bring.  I wholeheartedly support this effort.” – Alan Yang

“An effort like this is long over due.  It will enrich us all if more music lovers could discover what they might have been missing!” – Jim Glennan

“As an audiophile and music lover, I pledge to Save The Stereo, et al.” – JA Fant

“I love music and the best form is stereo.  There is nothing like it.  We should see that it does not die and that generations to come can get to know what music really sounds like, in stereo.” – Ajit Fernandes

“I’ve long been aware of the dwindling state of Hi-Fi.  But it really hit home with me last week, when my amplifier stopped amplifying.  As a music lover with music loving friends, I had no one who had an amp to loan me!  No one owns one anymore!  Not even a cheap receiver!  I just can’t imagine this happening to music loving friends in the 70s, or even the 80s.  Very sad.  Without their smartphones, they would have no music at all.  Something must be done.” – Chris Jones

“I support Save the Stereo Project as I believe it is of importance to keep the music and the joy of listening to music alive.  We need to recruit young people to the hobby.” – Øyvind Thorvaldsen

“I totally support Save The Stereo.  I have been an audiophile since my high school days some thirty five plus years ago and have never had a hobby with as much personal satisfaction and emotional connection as I get listening to so much music on a great system.” – Salvatore Mistretta

“It’s a very important thing you are doing Gordon.  I can’t imagine a future without home stereo.” – Louis Sipes

“I support Save The Stereo!  Clearly, interest is music these days is not lacking.  We’re connected to our music now more than ever, but outside of some half-decent headphones, very few people are actually really hearing their music!  Even a listen of a modest stereo would open up a lot of people’s ears and minds.” – Mike Steeves

“I believe in this project.  I’ve always been an audiophile of sorts, possibly better described as a ‘stereophile’ and I constantly struggle to find better recordings of new/upcoming artists that fall outside of the audiophile groups; hand me a copy of the new Nonpoint album on SACD and while you’re at it.  Grab that last copy of Adele’s latest import – I’m running out of space for DSD files.” – Ryan Hedrick

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.