Community Testimonials 3

“As someone who listened to Hi-Fi LPs and tape in the 70s, I was dismayed to see how low resolution mp3 music became the standard for young (and now older) people.  The ability to now utilize iOS and android apps to access higher resolution digital music sources gives me hope that high quality music will be able to thrive in the future.” – Mark Manner

“Long live music that is not mp3.  Educate us and we will listen.  I found out about hi-res audio and DACs on my own. We need to get people educated.” – Jason Putnam, Executive Chef

“I ran across this website after seeing a Facebook post from Stereophile Magazine, which I am a subscriber.  I have always been a music lover, and I have always been fascinated with audio since sneaking in to listen to my dad’s Marantz system when I was a kid.  The stereo is definitely worth saving, though I think high performance audio equipment manufacturers need to keep the budget (or budding) audiophile in mind.

Also, us folks who enjoy listening (or experiencing) music need to pass the baton on to those younger potential audiophiles, highlighting economical ways to put together a reasonably-priced system.  Whether it’s getting friendly with your local stereo shop or scanning Audiogon, USAudioMart, or even eBay, it is possible to put together a nice system, while not breaking the bank.  More importantly, it keeps stereo alive.” – Michael Breedlove

“Save The Stereo’s mission of introducing the next generation of music lovers to the benefits of high quality music reproduction in the home is something I’ve been doing for years and it’s nice to see this as a more formal effort.  The looks on my friends and family’s faces when they hear my system for the first time is priceless.” – Charles Marriott

“I think it’s so important to slow down and listen to the music.  I have two teenage sons that love music, but are so busy they don’t take the time to “feel” the music.  I recall, as a teenager, laying on my parents living room floor between the speakers listening to Asia, the Heavy Metal soundtrack, or The Police, with eyes closed feeling the sound and enjoying the moment and the music.  It’s my responsibility to slow things down for my boys and introduce them to the magic of being in the centre of their own music so that it can wash over them as they’re chillin’, dreaming about girls, and being one with the sounds of their generation.” – Dean Brown

“I cannot imagine being without a room-filling stereo.  I’ve had one since I was a child and bought my first ‘nice system’ at nineteen.  I have maintained, expanded, and invested in stereo and music collecting for more than forty years and that has proven to be the single-most constant in my life.  I have always spread the word about music and sound reproduction and suppose I always will.  I’ve found that once exposed to a better playback system than they are used to, most people are amazed and envious!  This is usually the “bug” that incites active participation in this hobby and I am usually not a welcome guest by wives of the friends I have corrupted by planting that “bug”.  Such is life!  I spread the word at great peril to my well-being and wouldn’t change a thing!  I’m glad to see others promoting this honorable pursuit and commend your efforts!” – Guy Knuth

“I became an audiophile because an older audiophile exposed me to it and his love of music. This is a great way to help carry that on.” – Aaron James, audiophile and music lover

“I hope you can succeed.  Down with MP3s.  I hope the younger generation can experience and enjoy high resolution music played back on great gear.” – Jim Tavegia

“As someone who really enjoys and appreciates great sound and music, I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Save the Stereo Project to help inculcate the next generation with great audiophile advice and keep our industry alive, growing and flourishing!” – Juan C. Ayllon

“I feel this is a great idea, and now is a great time for this idea!  The future of this industry will depend on the people who support it and as such we are its best ambassadors.” – Jim Pittman

“When music is reproduced well, it enhances enjoyment of music.  You hear nearly every little detail and nuance the artists and producers sweated over to make the music even better.  The traditional form of stereo reproduction should be advocated for because, when done with high quality, it is very much worth it.  When you let the whole family in on the fun, you definitely have a prime source of entertainment.  Three cheers for stereo!” – Brent and Kathy Irvine

“Music, listened as the artist intended to, is vital.  Music played and reproduced in a proper way helps the listener to connect with the artist and it would be a huge shame if we couldn’t enjoy this anymore in the future.  Now technology has improved immensely and a decent stereo set-up doesn’t cost a fortune anymore.  In return, it could put a smile on your face every time you play music through it.  Music is art and therefore must be preserved.” – Iacopo Di Luigi

“Music is the cultural DNA of humankind – 12 notes instead of 4 – across the world.  Great music is about finer nuances – which deserve fidelity of recording and playback – without which it will be lost forever.” – Rajendra Chittar

“I firmly believe that high quality music in the home can be achieved.  By using vintage gear (used) the price for a complete system can be held to under $700.00 and still sound great.  A 1970 receiver for $250.00 and set of used set of speakers for $100.00 plus nice new turntable for $299.99 and you are ready to go.” – John Freeman

“I completely agree with the purpose of Save The Stereo project!” – Heberto T. Lara

“For over forty years, I have been a component audio and high end audio owner and supporter. Since both our grown up children also have component audio systems suggests that some of it rubbed off at some point!” – Craig Sawyers, CTO, Duvas Technologies

“All of my children have grown up using cheap mp3 players, TV speakers, cheap radios, incredibly bad earplugs, etc.  I always had a great sound stereo system, but they never listened. But, after I gave two of my grown children some of my nice headphones and a good music player, they were astonished how good music could sound.  Next, they actually sat in the sweet spot of my stereo.  The grin on my son was ear to ear.  His favorite music in all of its dynamic range, soundscape, and accuracy.  Mediocre sound quality needs to be banished.” – Dale Herman

“Stereo recordings contain a wealth of 3D ‘holographic/surround-sound’ information that can be extracted using well designed transducers.  This is easily demonstrable using breakthrough designs such as Siegfried Linkwitz’s open-baffle transducers.  This is a medium that should be preserved, as we have yet to plum the depths that it has to offer.” – Charles Port, Music-Lover

“I believe that a state-of-the-art audio system can be assembled out of current, readily available home theater components, musical instrument components or pro audio Components.” – David Clark, Program Chair, SMWTMS

“Any time anyone visits my home and hears my stereo, they are astounded how good the sound is.  They don’t have anything like it in their homes.  I have concerts at my home – with an audience.” – Ken Rauen

“I support the education of the community on how music can and should sound in the digital age.” – David Pinder

“My interest in Hi-Fi reproduction of music has remained strong since the early 1950s.  I am disgusted with the current seemingly overwhelming interest in downloaded and ill-reproduced music of all kinds.  The fad has driven good equipment and good recordings into a niche market. Arg!” – Ed Poindexter

“I have always been interested in better than average playback of music, as both a musician and a music lover.  I have shared the experience of good playback with family, friends and co-workers for over thirty-five years.  Best of luck on your venture and contact me if I can help.” – Christopher Hardy

“This is a noble cause.  I have both a 5.1 home theater system and a much higher quality component stereo system carefully put together over seventeen years.  I would not want to lose the ability to get the greatest quality reproduction at home.” – Dan Mochizuki

“Love of music is too valuable to lose.” – Mick Anger

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.