Alan Parsons Says Audiophiles Spend too Much on Equipment, not Enough on Acoustics

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 10 February 2012 15:18

Alan Parsons

If you don't know the name Alan Parsons, you probably aren't an audiophile. He is most noted for his sound engineering work on a couple of the Beatles albums as well as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Basically, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to sound engineering. In a recent interview, he said in response to a question about setting up home theater systems, "I do think in the domestic environment, the people that have sufficient equipment don’t pay enough attention to room acoustics. The pro audio guy will prioritize room acoustics and do the necessary treatments to make the room sound right. The hi-fi world attaches less importance to room acoustics, and prioritizes equipment; they are looking more at brand names and reputation." Of course, that was only part of the interview, but I thought that was interesting. Having what I consider to be an audiophile's ear, I think it would be cool to go into a standard room with good sound equipment and listening to a few tracks, then going into an identical room but with proper acoustics with identical equipment and listening to those same tracks just to hear the difference. You can read the rest of the interview here. If you're an audiophile, or just interested in music production or audio recording or anything like that, I'd highly recommend reading it. 

Image Credit