Let there be sound

I have heard a lot of audio systems in my life. I have been working in the consumer electronics industry since I was 12 years old: full-time on the custom design and installation side of things since 1995, and loving and learning every minute of it. Well the learning part is true anyway. Anyone who has experienced our industry will agree that it can be painful when so many products fall short of perfection.

Every system has its pros and cons. A lot of the challenges in re-creating the accurate sound of music and movies have to do with the rooms that we have our systems in. Even the absolute finest audio listening speakers and amplifiers can sound terrible in a room that is too square, or too short, or too reflective acoustically, and so on. This is why audiophiles typically like to sit perfectly positioned between their favourite speakers with the speakers angled or “toed” in to minimize side wall acoustical reflections and to minimize the effects of the room geometry and size.

When it comes to designing an audio system, many factors need to be considered, including but not limited to: budget, size of audience, intended uses, size of room, aesthetics, etc.

Well, as long as budget is not your primary concern, there is a remarkable company in Denmark designing and building unbelievable audio solutions for music and movies called Steinway Lyngdorf. The owner and lead designer is Peter Lyngdorf, who is in partnership with the elite piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons. In relative terms based on performance, their solutions offer tremendous value. You get a lot more for your money than the alternatives.

Ten years ago Steinway & Sons approached Lyngdorf with a significant challenge: produce a speaker that sounds identical to our grand piano so that we cannot tell the difference between the live instrument and the speaker. Well, Peter pulled it off and in fact his original speaker was named the Model D after the famous grand piano. His speakers were so good that the piano engineers were able to hear the differences in recordings between their pianos made in Hamburg, Germany, versus the ones that were made in Long Island, New York.

Aside from creating truly state-of-the-art loudspeakers and sub-woofers which are unique in their elegant industrial look and build quality and incorporate uncommon high-end drivers such as Air Motion Transformer (AMT), tweeters and recommended unique speaker positioning (speakers tight to walls or recessed in walls and sub-woofers in the corners on left and right side of the room), I think that the most noteworthy core technology that Steinway Lyngdorf have perfected which brings it all together include a patented room correction DSP (Digital Signal Processing) system called Room Perfect.

Room Perfect is a key facet in every Steinway Lyngdorf system. It is built into all of their audio and home theatre pre-amplifier/processors and this technology allows a trained installer or a hands-on end user an incredibly simple approach using an acoustical microphone, which Steinway Lyngdorf supplies, to complete a full acoustical room analysis based on individual location (Focus) and an array of seating locations (Global) to create user selectable calibrated filters which completely eliminate the effects that the room has on the speaker performance. In other words, you can enjoy all of the musicality, clarity, sound staging, dynamic range and powerful detailed bass that the recording captured and intended. And it works! Flawlessly!

If you are looking for the best sound available, you owe it to yourself to check out www.SteinwayLyngdorf.com

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