What a dream it is! Today we live in an age where we can experience the concert, play, or movie as if it were happening in our very own homes. The event of the home theater or listening room is truly one of the marvels of our age. This is where we experience most of our lives’ media events. Think of it for a moment. How many people around the world right now are in their music or movie room? The “in-home concert” has and will continue to be one of the world’s favorite pastimes and the more real this event becomes the more real we want it. The extreme listener and movie watcher have become commonplace in our society’s fabric. The question is, how far do you want to go, and what does it take to get there?

In the early days of the hobby of listening to stereo, there were listening rooms that popped up all over the world. In these rooms, you found the most serious of serious listeners toe tapping to their favorite music. It was contagious and before long the family room had a new friend for life — the stereo. It was just a matter of time before the TV world and the stereo world would shake hands and become partners to bring us the whole “picture”. Now, it is standard to have a home theater installed in your newly built home. These rooms are built to take you inside of the performance and, in time, these rooms will be refined to the point where the presentation will be so lifelike that it will be hard to peel the audience from their seats.

My particular company takes this approach further than any company currently on the market. We don’t let anything get in the way of the music or the performance. TuneLand (our forum) is where the extreme of the extreme listener and video enthusiast hang out. When I use the word extreme, you may be thinking the posh chairs and the popcorn machine in the corner. But as you enter the world of the tunable system, you find an entirely different world than you had ever expected waiting for you. The tunable world belongs to the people who believe that everything (and I mean everything) affects the sound. This concept is so advanced, in its approach and its discipline to the art form, that engineers many times are found rolling their eyes and shaking their heads until they hear the actual tuning take place. Then the reality sinks in that there is another chapter waiting to be written on our industry that has barely been scratched. The artist has taken the engineer’s design to the next level and given birth to a new (or gone back to the old) technology call tuning. Tuning is the ultimate bridge between the artist and engineer. In magazines and on forums all over the world, the EE grads are screaming at the top of their lungs, “We want proof.” The artists on the other side are sitting down and listening to not only the proof in front of them for themselves but are already implementing tuning into their own systems. This is where the true marvel takes place. It seems like the products that our mass production companies are designing are perfect to use for tuning. Picture the odds of this taking place. Today you can apply the techniques, of the most advanced tuning techniques, to some of the least expensive mass produced products on the market and outperform the mega dollar systems that are being sold today. This is a shocking bit of news for the high end market but think about it. Isn’t this what has been happening all along? The true engineers of today have been changing the curve on performance increases for years. I for one am thrilled to see the mass produced products perform so well. Think of how many more homes now have the potential of having the ultimate system.

Here’s what really excites me though. Now we can spend our time learning the art form of listening and movie watching. Follow what I’m saying here, if you can. “High end” means an extreme level of performance, correct? Well, what if that extreme was done through a technique of performance enhancement similar to automobiles (hotrod-ing)? On TuneLand, we call this technique The Method of Tuning. In future articles, I will expose you to these methods and break down some tricks for you to do that will increase the performance of your A/V systems dramatically. This can happen much like learning a recipe by following the instructions and learning how to cook. If you are hearing this for the first time, this is going to seem remarkable and even too good to be true. But the facts are that we have a program for you, the hobbyist, to follow that will lead you do a totally different level of your hobby that you didn’t even know existed.

We take your room and turn it into an in-home concert hall, with perfect acoustics, and convert your basic (simplistic) systems and make them outperform the mega dollar systems. Many of the people who join this program started with very expensive systems and have traded them in for the better designed lower mass systems that are now being built. It is like Christmas time everyday for the new audio and video enthusiast. Our plan, which we will talk about in the next article called The Audio Trilogy breaks down the fundamentals of the 3 different parts that make your system produce sound. Have you ever watched an infomercial that shows you how to make the most out of nutrition? If so, you always see them all basically doing the same thing. They break down the food into categories and then they find your body type and fit you into an easy to follow program tailored for you. Does it work? Well the answer is always up to you and your commitment to the art of the program. You can listen to explanations and look at charts until you are ready to drop but if you don’t apply and practice some of the truths, then the changes will be small. On the other hand, if you learn the most important word in any program, balance, and you apply the right techniques tailor made for you, the results are amazing. Why? Because (the good) programs are made from both a technical and a practical point of view. Here’s the difference between these programs that get you in shape and the in-home entertainment industry. The home entertainment industry has left out one major chapter for the extreme hobbyist. The high end has not provided the exercises and the techniques to the hobby that you as listeners need to make your systems perform at their peak.

Home entertainment is just as much of a participation sport as cooking, eating, playing games, or sports. TuneLand teaches the art of listening and helps you make wise buying decisions based on what you do to make your system reach its full potential. How many of you have gotten home with your new system, excited that you were about to be taking into a new level of home entertainment, only to realize that the step was not as big as you were hoping? The Method of Tuning will take your system to a level that will leave you breathless. Your home theater or listening system can perform like you always wanted it to.

Yes, the worlds of the engineer and the artist are growing closer together than you can imagine and your dream systems are more within your reach than ever before. Finally the mass produced world has matured to the point of delivering a truly great product and, together with learning how to get the most out of your system, you can truly experience the in-home concert. I look forward to meeting with you next time where you can start gaining an understanding of how your system really works from a performance level. I leave you with this one thought for those of you who lean toward the technical. Just doing one of the tricks that I will be sharing with you resulted in a 3 dB gain across the entire audio spectrum. This is a lot of gain to experience from something so simple that anyone can do. I truly hope you enjoy the next few articles as we make your home entertainment systems into super systems. Home Toys is about to get tweaky.

See you next time.