Attention to detail was my favorite judging criteria when I was a young installation judge for IASCA or the International Auto Sound Challenge Association. This was the beginning of the Car Audio boom back in the late 80’s. I myself had a ‘Hooptie.’ That’s basically a car where the stereo was worth more than the car! But I wasn’t a boomer. I liked my car audio full, rich, tight and it had to have a detailed sound-stage across my dashboard. A concert in my car really.
That was only one part of the concept though. The other was the installation, including how I hid speakers, how I installed the amplifiers, how I integrated the whole concept into the design of the vehicle. I’m proud to say that I was in on the future designs you see today in modern cars. I remember while in Tempe, AZ in 1989 competing with my Datsun B210 Hatchback, representatives from Toyota were mulling around taking pictures and getting ideas from all the cars there. You might notice some of these innovations in your car today. Speakers in the middle of the dash pointing up at the windshield? Tweeters in the front pillar on the sides? Yep we did that!
Some other tricks weren’t so obvious. Some of mine were the small flat tweeters that Infinity made molded into the back of my rear view mirror wired 180 degrees out of phase with the front channels to raise the sound-stage higher up the field. Another ‘secret’ not to be seen was to put the tweeters in the defroster vent to pull the image forward for a more three-dimensional effect! Let’s just say that I’ve experimented a lot and I’ve seen a lot more than most guys in this field.
Because of the experience I acquired, I was sought after to become a judge of these events, first locally, then regionally and finally an installation judge at the International Grand Finals in Dallas, TX two years in a row. That’s where it got fun! These guys were creative and immaculate! We judged on things from safety (electrical work) to innovation, from how well things integrated to theory, and to attention to detail.
Which brings me to the reason for explaining some things on our speakers. You might think that it’s easy enough to make a set of speakers, and that’s what a lot of these executives for these brand name companies think themselves, but there’s more than meets the eyes (or ears).
What kinds of things are important? Sound quality? Volume? Sure. But other things that you want are products that last, products that don’t start to rattle in two years, products that won’t cause you headaches down the road. Long life, great sound, right?
A PRODUCT HAS TO GET TO YOU INTACT
We use UPS for most of our shipping. UPS is a great company. They do a lot of things right to get you a product across the country in less than 5 days for pretty cheap. But to do that, they use automation. Part of that automation is that there will be drops of up to 3 feet for any box that goes through their sort facility. This is what we learned: this little cable tie holding the coil to the circuit board ensures that there is no delay between your expected arrival of your speakers and your installation.
YOUR PRODUCT SHOULD SOUND GREAT RIGHT FROM THE START
Notice the difference in size between the two connectors? This is a quality control detail put into place so that factory workers don’t mis-wire the speakers. If any of the wires on the back that connect the speakers together were to be wired backwards, you could get no bass or have this horrible sounding hollow feeling in your ears from the phenomenon called ‘out of phase’ wiring. This little production trick eliminates that oversight.
A SPEAKER WITH NO RATTLES AND WITH VIBRATIONS
Your speakers have to make a sound. They have to move in and out of their baskets thousands a time every second. Over the life of your speaker, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made those movements trillions of times. So what we do is to put a little bit of goop (for a better word) on each screw where the woofer attaches to the frame of the speaker assembly. This means that it’s far less likely to get any rattles over the life of your speaker. It’s very frustrating to have to uninstall a ceiling speaker in a 20 foot ceiling to tighten a little nut! That’s quite a money making service call. No worries here.
GOLD-PLATED SPRING TERMINALS
Gold is one of the best conductors that resists corrosion available. Also, by being spring loaded, we take away another chance at a needless service call down the road. Those wires are going to stay put and the gold is going to keep a clean connection.
AUTO PROTECT OVERDRIVE SWITCH
This is included on all our ProGold and High Definition Series speakers. It does what it says: protect from overdriving the speakers. It’s really a thermal switch that heats up when it gets more power to the point of opening the circuit (cutting of the sound), if it gets too hot or in other words overdriven. This maintains your investment in good sound for longer than the other guys.
Enjoy your speakers from us. You will have made a good decision.