On TuneLand, our forum, we spend a great deal of time talking about sound reproduction from the point of view of how sound really works. A big part of this is has to do with what I call the audio trilogy. Here is a post that I put up on the topic, but you will find hundreds of references about the trilogy on TuneLand:
This is without a doubt one of the most involving hobbies a person can be in. The goal has always been making the recording sound real when you play it back. Think about it. The recording is real, as real as the musicians, engineers, and hobbyist make it. Hi fi was fun, high end interesting, but when I started to experience real sound, that was it for me; the game was over and I have been involved in music professionally my whole life. What made the difference for me is when I discovered ?The Audio Trilogy?. You know, I had no idea that Webster had the jump on me. Check this out. Here?s what Webster has to say:
1 : of or relating to acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves which are of frequencies approximately from 15 to 20,000 hertz
?Crazy, isn’t it? I have never heard this talked about before, as if there were actually three parts to audio — acoustical, mechanical, and electrical. If you understand a little about energy and how energy lives within everything, then you have to say to yourself, ?Of course.? The only way sound reproduction can work is by taking the three parts of the trilogy and making them or, should I say, allowing them to work together. That’s it — allowing them to work together. You see, the trilogy wants to work together. Acoustical, mechanical, and electrical energies feel right at home with each other; all they need is for us to incorporate one simple principle to complete their world of ?tuning?.?
?The longer you stay on TuneLand, the more you will come to realize that all the parts, pieces, and names are only the starting point. There is a much deeper world waiting below the surface. On TuneLand, we teach you to let go of the things that can be stopping the energy from flowing freely through your system and then aligning that energy by tuning the mechanical conduits that hold and pass the energy. I’m glad to see TuneLand getting to the point where the Audio Trilogy is starting to make sense. This is the only way to make the music real.?
So much of the time we see the ads, but do we get a chance to really see the art of our hobby until we are sitting in front of our system wishing it were better or being blown away by it? Well, if you are in one of these two camps, let me tell you why. All of our systems abide by the same set of laws that they have to obey in order for the products to perform. One of those laws is the law of variable tuning.
Tuning or de-tuning is what happens to every part inside of every component as it begins to react to the world?s natural conditions. Yes, the parts actually change in their performance. If you look at the specs on most parts, you will see a little disclaimer saying “plus or minus 3dB”, which means that no two parts or components ever perform exactly the same. Does this mean that we should take our components back? Of course not; this simply means that there is another chapter, beyond the purchasing of a component, which exists for the person who wants to step beyond the “norm” in performance.
If you have been reading my articles, you might be waiting for my punch line. Here it is. The electronic signal that is inside of every component ever made is tunable just like a musical instrument. This statement may have just taken some of you off guard, so you might want to listen to this. Over the last fifteen years, we at Michael Green Audio have been taking apart all of your components and have been running listening and technical tests on all of your components. What we have found out is a simple truth that we now apply to the entire hobby.
Here’s how it breaks down. All energy has an ingredient that appears in all forms of energy transfer or function. That ingredient is vibration. If fact, you could go as far to say that energy is vibration. Now, if you take this vibration and you put an audio or video signal with it, you are just one step away from the beginning of a whole new chapter of the understanding of your hobby. The trilogy (acoustical, mechanical, and electrical) is pure vibration. Now that you are picturing this in your mind, let me throw this out at you. When playing an instrument, how do you control vibration? That’s right, by tuning it. Your audio signal (no matter what part of the trilogy it is in) is able to be altered or, as I prefer to put it, able to be tuned. Tuning your performance in is the biggest chapter for the extreme A/V enthusiast. Now that the world of ultra high tech components are making their way to your door steps and the price of these components versus their cost are coming way down, it is time for the hobbyists to re-evaluate their position on the products they purchase. Think about it. We live in the day of entertainment rooms, home theaters, and dedicated listening rooms. This is the ultimate “home toy”, a room built like a musical instrument and a system in that room that is tunable.
Your entertainment system has the potential to perform many times better than ?stock? from the factory just by making some simple adjustments to the vibration of the things in your room and system that control the acoustical, mechanical and electrical energy. How would you like to hear the movie?s soundtrack flow through the room instead of ?jumping? from speaker to speaker in your surround sound system? How would you like for your picture to be twice as clear? These are things that are commonplace among the people who have learned to tune the different parts of the trilogy. Of course, with these claims being made, it would certainly be nice to see the proof, wouldn?t it? Well, if you visit TuneLand, you will see many people going through the process of converting their systems into tunable machines of A/V excellence and you will also see recommendations of equipment that we feel are the most tunable and are the best performers on the market today.
To learn more about the audio trilogy, we invite you to join us on TuneLand where we can answer your questions on an ongoing discussion forum. You are always welcome to post on TuneLand, or to email me a request, for me to cover topics that you would like for me to cover here on HomeToys.com. Until we talk again, I hope all of your HomeToys bring you much happiness.