WHY You Need It

“Would you prefer to have ‘more information’ (i.e., greater resolution and detail retrieval) as opposed to ‘less’ when it comes to the content of the sound emanating from your home entertainment system?”

Duh… that’s a pretty dumb question, as otherwise you probably wouldn’t be interested in our products and/or be reading this in the first place.

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The fact is, the very cornerstone of “high fidelity” playback is rooted in the quest for greater resolution and accuracy of reproduction. When it comes to the producer side of this equation, the process of manufacturing products intended to offer superior performance over those of the competition usually involves efforts to advance the state of present technological art and/or the development of superior circuit designs, etc.

In fact, here well into the second decade of the 21st century we find ourselves inundated with marvels of technology that only a couple of decades ago were scarcely dreamed of. We now have 65-inch flat screen televisions offering 4 K resolution that sell for less than $500 bucks and digital audio sampling rates as high as 768 KHz and and with word lengths from 24-bit clear up to 64-bits. WOW. Yet… for all our techno-wizardry we’re still not happy. In our quest to recreate the “grand illusion” of a live performance in our living rooms many feel “something” is still missing - and on goes the never-ending quest to find whatever that “thing” might be.

We here at Aether Audio suspect that maybe along the way we’ve gotten too close to the forest to see the trees and need to step back a bit to get some new perspective. One is tempted to question how is it that we now have electronic devices and various forms of media that are seemingly able to capture and reproduce the minutest of details, yet many of these same devices (particularly in the realm of playback) can sound cold, sterile and lifeless, or they actually deliver more detail than human senses can detect yet seem almost “artificial” in their reproduction?

Let’s take for example the case where a real acoustic grand piano (say, a Steinway) is being played on a stage where there are no microphones involved or any form of electronic amplification > playback through loudspeakers. Now, we record the performance on a state-of-the-art “minimalist” recording rig and then play back the recording through the best possible reproduction equipment. Surely the resulting sound will be impressive and seem to be quite real or “live sounding” in many/most aspects, but yet… inevitably there remains “something missing.” Herein lies the crux of the problem.