Someone stopped me at the Alexis Park and told me: “Romy, there is a new Israeli guy in town with his amassing horn. He has a room at the St. Tropes and you should go”. I was almost offended! There was a new horn guy and I never insulted him?!!! My ego was hurt and I decided to pay a visit to this “new guy” room.
The guy was in his room (I do not remember nether the name of the company nor his name but the company name sounded like “Magic” or “Magical”) and I asked if he is anew horn guy that I was told about. Parallel to this I noted the in the room was juts a small mini-monitors that played at absolutely barbarian volume leve as CD-copy of Burmester II disk and that this CD copy has a dynamic range of 50dB, no more.
The guy replied that he is the horn guy, “Welcome to the club” – I replied – “so do I”…
He replied : “It is you think that you are”.
-What do you mean?
-I mean that you Americans believe that you know something about horns or ever heard them but in fact you do not.
I thought: “This should be great! This guy or a genius of a complete idiot, now, I just have to fugue out what he is”
-OK, I admit that there is a lot of foolishness and ignorance going on in Horn World but do you think that it is not wise to make such statement to people who you do not know. If you wish I might explain to you what is doing on in US with horns and why you see mostly not impressive results
The conversation was flowing in this way; we contested our freaking egos and dancing our little hi-fi ballet. The guy was very reasonable, sounded quite intelligently but we did not talk about the horns.
Then I asked his if he has any actual material about his horns. He showed me at his computer a few pictures. Now my mischievous spirit inside my body was singing a victorious circus march. I instantly resigned the horns (I have seen the pictures of his very much foolish horns a year ago or so) but I did not let him know and begin to ask questions about the pictures he was showing. He was continuing showing to me the images of his speakers. The speaker reminded me the “back-man’s rims”with all his "high-grade aircraft aluminum surfaces" and while we were talking he kept demonstrating a complete ignorance not only about the basic of speaker building, but also about the history of the horns not to mention the elemental technical ignorance and very challenged taste. I am not kidding. Looks at this dialog:
- What is it?
- Oh, this is the super-drivers by ALE, made in Japan.
- So, and how do you deal with the titanium diaphragms of your super-drivers?
- Do they have titanium diaphragms? Really? And what difference it makes?
- I can tell you but then I will send you and invoice for consulting
- OK, here is a picture of a super system: the 5 ways horn loaded
(I did not tell him that I know this faulty system very well but was continuing…)
- Hm, this is very nice, may I ask you: the driver you use looks like located quite randomly related to the baffle depth, so how do you keep them time-aligned?
- I do not know. Probably somehow in a crossover. I never thought about it.
Well, I decided, he is the idiot and he has all rights to consider that people around him are clueless about horns. With his whonnabe intelligence he can only make speakers that might be suitable in a homes of a typical American white trashes: all those Eds Sawyer, Bills Fitzmaurice, Rod Morrises, Magnetars, Waynes Parham, Edps, Robs Doorack and the rest infamies near-audio dirt...
I was really ready to leave but he told me that I should to talk with another guy in his room. I asked who he was and then a revelation came to me: he new born “American horn guru” used Convergent Audio Technology preamp. I shadow of a guess run in my head and then he confirmed that he do share the room with estimable Mr. Stevens – the designer and manufacture of Convergent. The CES events of 3 years ago (click here to lern about it) came to my memories and I decided that THIS match between the “new horn guy in town” and Mr. Stevens was the match made in haven!
I did not tell this story to anyone in Vegas but later on, when I was meeting at the alleys and corridors of CES some guys who I feel knew something about horns I asked them if the meet the “new horn guy in town”. All of them replied to me “Come on, he is not serious.” "Why", I asked and then we looked at each other and begun to laugh.
Anyway, the moral of this story is the following:
The only things that distinct the stupidity of this “new horn guy in town” and many of well-know and “reputed” audio manufactures is 2-3 reviews of some king of retard-reviewer (there is a huge pool of them out there) published in some kind of foolish audio publication. I have to testify that I have met in Vegas a very large amount of manufactures, dealers and distributor who have the very same level of understanding what they deal with as the “new horn guy in town” has about horns. Today, those idiots run the show in the industrya and this is very-very sad….