Location: New Milford, CT
Education: Two years college for music
Occupation: Audio engineer, technical author, professional musician, and co-owner of RealTraps, a popular acoustic treatment manufacturer
Member Status: He has subscribed to audioXpress for approximately seven years.
Affiliations: Ethan does not currently hold official memberships with any audio organizations.
Audio Interests: Ethan is interested in all aspects of audio and music, but especially acoustics, and how fidelity is defined.
Most Recent Purchase: A Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 USB sound card
Current Audio Projects: Ethan has just completed creating a 2.5 hour music theory video course, “Basic Music Theory.” (The course is available for free on YouTube )
Dream System: He said he has his dream systems. Yes, plural. Ethan has two systems: A large home recording studio (two channel), and a 5.1 home theater in his living room. He said the key to excellence with both systems is more in the acoustic treatment of the rooms than the specific gear.
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Education: Garth has a BA and an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a certificate from King’s College London University, London, England.
Occupation: Retired barrister and solicitor (a lawyer)
Member Status: He has subscribed to audioXpress since 2005.
Affiliations: He currently holds no official memberships with any audio organizations.
Audio Interests: Garth said he is most interested in classical music.
Most Recent Purchase: A digital multimeter that measures inductance and capacitance
Current Audio Projects: Garth said he has just completed two 100-W, push-pull El34 amplifiers with output transformers that Doc Hoyer designed and built.
Dream System: He said the system would include a couple 100-W amplifiers with a good preamp, a good turntable, and Klipsch horn enclosures. He would also add a quality FM tuner, digital inputs, and a large TV with good sound input. Garth said he doesn’t care too much about surround sound, but he admitted that he does have a couple 50s he could use with his dream system. “Obviously, I would want two more Klipsch horns there, too,” he added.