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Audio Design, Guitars, and Retail Therapy

All too frequently, succumbing to “retail therapy” is a sign that something else is wrong.  This behavior can creep into every area of our lives – not just our role as audio consumer.

This can spill over into audio design as well, as the designer tries to either spend his way out of a design problem or alternatively adopt either an overly complex approach or brute force to solve a problem.

These tendencies stem from a “more is better” mindset and we need to be mindful of this.

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Development of the NiWatt – Part 2

Galibier Design: NiWatt Prototyping Photo - 03The first post in this series developed into a design manifesto – a retrospective on everything I’ve learned both as a designer and music lover.

Never lacking something to say, it quickly became apparent that this would be a multi-part series.

In this post, I’m going to cover my breadboarding approach:  selecting the basic architecture, defining/refining the layout along with initial parts selection.

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What’s With all of the Bad Demo Music?

The poor selection of demo music in the majority of the rooms at audio shows has always been a sore point with me and my circle of associates.  There are many pleasant exceptions, but for the most part, the music in play is something I’d never sit through at a friend’s house.  Apart from heavy metal and demo music, I can sit through most anything.  There are both innocent and nefarious reasons for playing such simple music, and the show attendee needs to be especially aware of the nefarious reasons.

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Development of the NiWatt – Part 1


During the final review of the NiWatt drawings for the first production chassis run, we revisited all of our assumptions.

With this retrospective, we thought it would be a good opportunity to document the process – from initial  concept on through production.  There’s quite a bit to cover, and we’ll do this in a multi-part series.

After composing this first installment, it could easily have been titled “The NiWatt Design Manifesto”.

One of the big takeaways for us (no surprise) is that a design can’t be all things to all people.  The good news was, that as we refined the design, we really didn’t have to make any compromises.

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Eiger Noise Floor Experiments

I couldn’t let this sit.  Two days ago (click here, for that post) I reported the following:

Frankly, I love the Eiger exactly as it sits, but I know that there are those who might miss out on its charms due to focusing on its noise floor performance. I get it – that there are idler drive fans and belt drive fans and you pick the combination of strengths and weaknesses that are most meaningful to you. My intent is to make this choice a difficult one – to close the gap between the two architectures.

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