The Hyperion room. All Hyperion except the Sony SCD-1 player.
room sounded OK. These Wilsonesque speakers are not the most balanced
speakers - and I think the Hyperion systems with other peoples
electronics sounded better than this at past shows - but the speakers
still go up against the likes of the Von Schweikert VR-4 and other top
almost-full-range speakers in this price category without flinching.
It looks like Hyperion has branched out from just making speakers to
making electronics as well. Maybe they will next come out with a
Hyperion listening chair? Hyperion LCD panel? Hyperion car?
Not really making fun of Hyperion in particular, just all these
companies that seem to want to do 'everything'. I know, I know, they all
say they 'hired the best designers in the field to design a brand new
and bestest ever widget-o-thing'.
Harmon created Revel this way - to create a high-end speaker line -
and it more or less worked. Has anybody else ever succeeded with
this approach? People are not beans: you can't just move them around
willy-nilly, plant them any old place, water them with money and get a
There is an environment and culture required for great ideas,
(assuming the designer has not already had the idea - and this proves
the point: in this case the company is buying the designers idea,
not the designer), and companies that do not recognize the importance
of, or trash, this culture (ala Levinson) will suffer mediocre designs,
no matter how much management wrings their hands.
Hey, that was a soapbox! Where did that come from...? :-)
Sorry, It doesn't really belong here... out the windows it goes.
Windows? WINDOWS? Don't get me started.... :-)