A friend of mine was visiting last week and asked to see my VK-1 Dipole Loudspeaker. He has worked in the audio industry and has done live sound on many occasions, but he doesn’t tend to sit down and listen much to high quality two-channel audio.
I put on a track of some big band music from the BBC’s Big Band Orchestra. After a few moments of listening quietly my friend motioned toward the loudspeakers and electronics and remarked, “I forgot that these things can sound real!”
Yes folks, they can sound very real. I think many people that have never heard really good two-channel playback, and even those that have heard it but have simply forgotten over the years, are amazed at just how realistic it can sound.
Audio recording and its subsequent playback has come a long, long way since Edison’s cylinder recordings. But even more exciting is the fact that it still has a long, long way to go. As much as I love the sound of my VK-1 system, I know it will sound to those of the next century much as Edison’s cylinders sound to us today!