When Art and Engineering collaborate
Long but very interesting article on a subject close to my heart: the quality of sound that we listen to. Sonos (whose products I like a lot in general) have brought in an Abbey Road record producer to help to lift the quality of what we hear. In particular to pose the question "can a Producer be happy with the new speakers in terms of hearing what the creatives are producing in the studio?"
Initially the answer was No
. The engineering specs were fine, but viscerally the frequency spectrum wasn't quite there. Giles Martin persisted and the results are now far better. It is interesting that he dragged some of the Sonos engineers into Abbey Road to hear the real thing, including spending time in the Mastering Suite - an eye opening, or perhaps ear opening, experience for them. The bat-eared Abbey Road team triumphed. Excellent!
Now admittedly the quality of the equipment at Abbey Road is exceptionally high. But the challenge is to provide consumer level music (or speech) that sounds good to the creatives who produce the output. Kudos to Sonos for achieving a huge improvement in that.
Hmm, I must scuttle down to a dealer and hear what the new model Play.5 speakers sound like as soon as.. Admittedly I'm a dinosaur and from a generation that valued good sound quality above all else, but if the new speakers can impress me (which seems likely) then that's worth knowing. #WeDigCollaboration