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Welcome to SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity

SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity was launched in 1994 as the first major publication offering serious audio/video journalism on the Internet. Our magazine, which began with the publication of the SECRETS Primer, is available exclusively on-line and offers to our readers an extensive information resource about home theater and high-end audio.

For the first 14 years of its existence, SECRETS was published in standard HTML form, but in keeping with modern trends, as of January, 2008, the magazine has been published as a full database-driven website. SECRETS uses numerous CMS (Content Management System) modules which allow readers the best experience possible, including in-depth searches, submission of comments on reviews, and expanded content viewing.

The SECRETS mission is to provide straightforward, technical information about new products and emerging technologies, along with music and movie reviews and special features including our video interviews with industry leaders.

The SECRETS Forum provides an interactive means for our readers to discuss reviews, technologies, and questions. The forum is actively moderated by our Editor and staff. The Manufacturer's Corner on the forum is available to anyone wanting to post press releases about new AV products or industry information.

The SECRETS A/V Resources Directory invites any A/V company to include company information and link their listing to their website. Additional promotional options are available to directory participants. Please contact us for further information.

The SECRETS Blog offers a platform for our Editors to discuss relevant AV topics and current events and invites reader response.

The SECRETS Primer has been transformed into an Encyclopedia of Words, Terms and Concepts. The Primer will be actively updated by our Editorial staff and Readers are invited to add additional technical information through our comment feature throughout the Primer.

As always, everything that has ever been published by SECRETS over our 14 years of publishing, is available on-line through our SECRETS Archives.

Home Theater Reviews Website Redesign

SECRETS Launches Redesigned Website Focused on Technical Home Theater and Audio Reviews


Our Readers

The SECRETS readers are serious audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts, consumers, and manufacturers, who are seeking technical, yet understandable, information about products and technologies.

Readership averages 300,000 unique readers each month and reflects a broad international following. January is traditionally the highest readership month, primarily driven by interest in the Consumer Electronics Show coverage.

About The Staff

The Secrets team is made up of technical analysts from wide and varied educational backgrounds and interests, who provide unbiased reviews of product and in-depth technical articles. We have writers worldwide to reflect the enormous array of interests that pervade the field of Audio/Video. Developing the diverse staff membership has always been a top priority since Secrets first started publishing in 1994. Our writers include electrical engineers and computer programmers to compliment the need for a working knowledge of the high tech industries.


John E. Johnson, Jr. , Ph.D.
John has published numerous scientific books (three in 2014, one in 2015, and one due in 2017), along with dozens of scientific articles on biomedical research topics as well as imaging technology. He was Editor-in-Chief of two medical/scientific journals for 20 years. John holds several patents, including one on high resolution image analysis. Dr. Johnson has been affiliated with NASA, The National Institutes of Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Stanford Research Institute, The University of California at Berkeley, and is Managing Editor of a Neuroscience book series called Neuroscience-Net, published by Elsevier (Denmark), as well as being the Editor-in-Chief of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. John has been involved in audio and video for 50 years, having built radio transmitters, amplifiers, turntables, and speakers from scratch. He is President of the consulting firm Scientific Design and Information, Inc., which is based in Redwood City, California. He is also the founder of the Northern California Audio Video Association, which is now called The Bay Area Audio Society. Here is a list of the Editor's equipment that he uses in product reviews.

Managing Editor

Cynthia Johnson-St. Denis
Cynthia is responsible for Operations, Marketing and Public Relations. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Visual Design. She is currently based in San Francisco, California where she shares her home with a fat puppy and two well fed cats. Cynthia was introduced to a wide range and ever-changing array of audio and video equipment in her earliest years and has been involved in SECRETS from its inception almost 20 years ago. She enjoys the quiet side of music listening, and her equipment includes Sony CD player, OPPO Blu-ray player, Yamaha receiver, Krix speakers, Velodyne subwoofer, Sharp and Vizio displays, and Denon HTIB. Cynthia devotes much of her available time to animal care and is an avid practitioner of Bikram yoga.

The Senior Editors

Jim Clements
Jim Clements has been an audio nut since childhood where you could find him underfoot at his local high end store on most weekends. (This particular shop was within walking distance of Jim's home, much to the chagrin of the owner and his staff.) Jim's audio journey started early because he loved great music of all kinds. And he still does. Like most audiophiles, Jim was not particularly inspired by a vast majority of the audio systems he encountered. So his quest grew through his efforts to recreate a live listening experience in the home. This has proven to be a never ending quest. One major offshoot of all this is that Jim has become something of a cinema enthusiast as well. So now he's working on the video and surround sound conundrums too. Since perfect recreation of sound and video is a goal to be pursued but never attained, Jim derives his pleasure from the journey itself. He wants to help our readers on their own personal quests by reviewing products thoroughly and objectively. On a personal note, Jim is a Professional Engineer, licensed in California and Texas. He currently has his own engineering practice in San Antonio, Texas. Jim is also part owner of a small chain of craft beer growler stations in South Texas.
Chris Eberle
Chris Eberle's passion for audio began when he took up playing the bassoon at age 12. During his third year at the New England Conservatory of Music, he won a position with the West Point Band where he served over 26 years as principal bassoonist. He recently retired from the Army and is now performing as a freelance musician in Central Florida. As an avid movie lover, Chris was unable to turn away the 50-inch Samsung DLP TV that arrived at his door one day, thus launching him irrevocably into an obsession with home theater. Dissatisfied with the image quality of his new acquisition, Chris trained with the Imaging Science Foundation in 2006 and became a professional display calibrator. His ultimate theater desires were realized when he completed construction of a dedicated cinema/listening room in his home. Chris is extremely fortunate that his need for quality audio and video is shared and supported by his wife of over 25 years. His other interests include yoga, running, and working on (and driving) his extensively modified Mazda Miata. Chris enjoys bringing his observations and discoveries about every kind of home theater product to as many curious and well-informed readers as possible. He is proud to be a part of the Team and hopes to help everyone enjoy their AV experiences to the fullest.
Brian Florian
Brian Florian has been entrenched in Home Theater since the early 90's, though his interest in motion picture and sound technology extends back to growing up in a musically inclined family and watching movies the old fashioned way: at the cinema. The technical side of high fidelity movie picture and sound presentation are his passion. Articles on the subject and in depth reviews of associated equipment are his focus here at Secrets. Currently employed as an IT Sales Consultant, beyond watching movies some of his preferred diversions include working on scale models or doing some light mountain biking." He also contributes regularly to the graphic art and design of our site.
Piero Gabucci
Piero Gabucci, a native of Alberta, Canada, is an architect living in northern New Jersey with his wife and two sons. Receiving his architectural degree in Michigan, Piero was heavily influenced by the modern masters like Saarinen at Cranbrook, Louis Kahn, and of course Frank Lloyd Wright. His love for art and architecture is a natural transition to his enjoyment and passion for music and movies. His taste in music is eclectic from rock, traditional jazz and classical music. But if Piero is not designing architecture or reviewing equipment, he's probably playing or watching ice hockey. Writing for Secrets the last several years, Piero believes that a reviewer's duty is to inform and involve the reader into his audio experience rather than preach absolutes. With potentially so many factors involved in the evaluation of audio equipment, the results cannot possibly be "correct" for everyone - making the art of high fidelity extremely subjective. Whether you believe in capturing the quality of the original live performance or the reproduction of music, matters not if the end result is the pure enjoyment, and that's the goal.
Chris Groppi
Chris Groppi is a radio astronomer and electrical engineer working as an assistant professor at Arizona State University. He received his Bachelor's degree in astronomy from Cornell University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in astronomy with a concentration in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2003. He studies how stars and planets form, and designs and builds millimeter-wave and terahertz receivers for radio telescopes. He became interested in HiFi during high school the first time he listened to a real high-end system (B&W 801s with Mark Levinson electronics). His first system in college was a Headroom headphone amplifier powering Sennheiser HD 580s, and graduated to a real HiFi system in graduate school. His first love has always been 2-channel audio, although his current system has added home theater capability.
Robert Kozel
Robert Kozel is a veteran IT professional living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics from John Carroll University. His interest in home theater began back in the early 90’s with the purchase of a Yamaha Dolby Pro Logic surround sound receiver and an unassuming CD player. That receiver sparked a passion for music and movies that has lasted ever since. He prefers solid performance and quality in his equipment and is not easily won over by the latest marketing feature. Reading the Secrets' DVD benchmark articles inspired his appreciation for the analytical side of home theater. To provide an empirical perspective in his reviews, he adds analytical measurements to his personal observations. These measurements present a baseline for comparison between products. Ultimately for Robert, home theater is about enjoying the beauty of music and movies. He hopes that his reviews offer readers an understanding of what they might expect from a product and whether it might be a match for their current system and unique personal preferences. When not working with technology or enjoying music or a good movie, Robert enjoys hiking, cycling and travel.
Jim Milton
Jim Milton has been interested in high fidelity since his college years in the late 70's. It was there that he first became interested in classical music. He has been part of choral music, both in opera and oratorio and is an avid collector of classical music from the Baroque through the Romantic periods. He enjoys an occasional night at Boston Symphony Hall or attending an organ concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME. Currently he is the director of Nuclear Medicine at the North Shore Medical Center, located just outside of Boston. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Salem State University where he teaches a course in nuclear instrumentation. During his leisure time, he enjoys listening to his music collection and an occasional movie with his wife of 30+ years. Living on the longest stretch of sandy beach north of Boston offers him plenty of opportunities to take a relaxing stroll or soak up some sun. "Remember, acquiring good A/V gear takes lots of time...but doesn't necessarily take lots of money."
David A Rich
David A Rich received his MSEE from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of NYU. He specializes in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with a portfolio spanning from audio ICs for Air Force One to RF ICs for wireless cell phones. Holder of fourteen patents, David's industrial experience includes ten years at Bell Laboratories where he rose to Technical Manager. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in integrated electronics and electro-acoustics. David's interest in audio began very early under the influence of his father, who was a recording engineer during the halcyon days of RCA Records. He gained an early understanding of electronics building Echo, Heath, and Dynakits. At the start of quadraphonic sound, David was building decoders based on designs in Popular Electronics. During his teen years, he spent more time in the back of TVs than watching movies at the front of the set. He still has limited interest in things video. David has been a professional reviewer of audio equipment for more than two decades, serving as Technical Editor for The Audio Critic and Sensible Sound. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society High-resolution Audio Technical Committee. Collecting classical recordings has been a passion that has run concurrently with involvement in audio hardware. David has a special interest in early- and mid-20th century American tonal composers. He is an avid fan of chamber music and leads the Selection Committee for the Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) Chamber Music Society Concert Series.
Stacey Spears

Stacey Spears is a widely recognized expert on the science of color in video, best known for his work with Don Munsil. Stacey has co-authored many high profile articles on video decoding, image processing, and deinterlacing. The Spears and Munsil calibration discs are widely regarded as the definitive tests for a range of video formats. Spears and Munsil were also the first to publicly document and explain the now infamous chroma upsampling error in a variety of decoders. They published their findings in Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity years ago.

Stacey led a number of development efforts for sixteen years at Microsoft before being recruited by SpectraCal, including significant contributions to the Xbox, Smooth Streaming, VC-1, and Media Foundation.

He holds over a dozen patents in video and image processing, including “Strategies for producing quantized image information” (2007), “Image processing using linear light values and other image processing improvements” (2007), “Strategies for performing scaling operations on image information" (2008), and “Regions of interest for quality adjustments” (2012).

Stacey is currently a Senior Editor at Secrets, specializing in Video Technology.

The Secrets Writing Staff

Michael Galvin
Michael is an attorney based in Los Angeles. He is an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, the largest law firm in the United States devoted solely to business litigation. A 2007 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Michael's work thus far has focused on intellectual property, representing clients such as Mattel and Nokia. Prior to law school, Michael produced classical music. He enjoys the local music scene in Los Angeles and can be found most weekends at live shows. He is originally from Chicago.
Jared Rachwalski
Jared has worked as a Hearing Instrument Practitioner for the past 5 years. This has provided him with a great understanding of the human hearing system and room acoustics. He has been fascinated with music reproduction and stereo equipment since his father allowed him to mess around with his Pink Floyd records and HiFi setup as a child. His musical taste is often described as weird by his wife and has been greatly influenced by his three older brothers diverse musical selections. He is probably the only reviewer ever to use both The Melvins and Norah Jones in the same listening session. His hometheater includes DIY open baffle speakers from RAW Acoustics, Surround speakers by Paradigm, a DIY Adire Audio subwoofer, Marantz surround sound processing and amplification, an Optoma DLP Projector and 92" screen with a Oppo Digital player for both multichannel music and movies.
Rick Schmidt
Rick has been into audio ever since 9th grade when he commandeered a Pioneer receiver and Celestion speakers that his dad received in trade for a rusty station wagon. The stereo's original owner was forced into the deal by his newly pregnant wife. Hopefully that kid was re-exposed to hifi at a later date. Rick went on to make many extravagant stereo and home theater purchases of his own, not to mention LP's, CD's and DVD's. All financed by Rick's job as an engineer and engineering manager deep in the computer industry (ASIC design). When he's not listening or watching he might be working on the next screenplay for GenerosityFilms or painting.
Kieran Coghlan
Kieran first got into home theater around the age of 12, when he would take his Dad's "good" speakers, pre-amp and amp from the living room, and hook them up in the TV room to watch movies in hi-fi stereo on the family's Sony Betamax. He also developed a love of music at a young age, and as a classically trained tenor has performed in numerous choirs and stage musicals throughout high school, college and beyond. Kieran's interest in science and technology led to a career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and telecom industries. He enjoys explaining science and technology to people, and is now back in school working on a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, which may lead to a career in teaching. When not studying, tinkering, or being a husband and father, Kieran loves to ride bikes (mountain and road) and to row crew boats competitively.
Cory Potts
Cory is a graduate from Texas State University with a degree in microbiology and has worked at a major pharmaceutical research firm for about 5 years on multiple infectious disease projects for big pharma as well as with NASA and the U.S. Government. Cory worked in home theater sales in college which started him on a life-long quest to discover the best bang-for-the-buck home theater equipment and this fascination for unearthing "Giant-killers" in home theater continues today. Other passions include travel, spicy food, movie marathons, craft-brewing and hunting with his bird dog. Cory lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal and German Shorthair Pointer "Kate. "
Tyler Stripko
Tyler's interest in music started at a young age. He began instruction in classical guitar at the age of 7 and gradually progressed towards rock in his early teens. He expanded his musical horizons in college, earning extra cash as a DJ spinning house and trance music and learning the basics of sound reinforcement. Starting with a humble 27" Sony Trinitron CRT television, a Pioneer DVD player, and just two channels of sound, his home theater system has continued to evolve over the years in an effort to recreate the sense of energy and emotional excitement that comes from attending a live performance. Tyler holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems from Lehigh University and will be completing his M.B.A. at the University of Massachusetts in 2009. He is currently employed as a Systems Analyst for a large health care organization in northern New Jersey where his primary specialty is in the area of digital cardiac imaging.
Gabe Lowe
Gabe is a Data Storage Professional residing in Durham, NC. Upon first getting a taste of surround sound in the late 1980's, Gabriel was hooked. He pieced together his first system shortly thereafter with hand-me-down speakers, a 20" CRT TV, and a HiFi VCR, and has had a passion for gear ever since. Using various internet and print resources, along with the help of a friend, he built his first dedicated custom home theater in 2003. Apart from home theater, Gabriel also loves spending time with his wife and 2 children, watching and playing sports, and staying up to date on the latest trends in technology.
Jason Crawford, aka "Georgia"
Jason Crawford is a freelance writer from Georgia currently residing on Nob Hill in San Francisco. Some folks find it odd that his hair grows sideways. His interests are far-reaching and varied, from horseshoes to whole foods. He does not like lettuce. Jason may have little formal training with regards to writing, but he talks a lot and writes like he speaks. (Editorial Comment from the Editor of SECRETS: we are honored to present the work of a musician who not only knows of what he talks, but who can put-it into-words"¦. . ) He is also a songwriter who sings, plays guitar, piano, mandolin, bass, and harmonica - not simultaneously. Jason is a dedicated fan of rock 'n roll, and would rather remove his ears with a rusty, dull blade than subject himself to what is on the radio today. He also enjoys traditional country, old jazz, big band swing, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and gospel which he listens to on Sunday while he cooks breakfast. Feel free to contact him through this website any time if you would like to talk about music. He'd love it if you did.
Yongki Go
Yongki considers himself as an aerospace engineer by day and an audio/home-theater enthusiast by night. Yongki earned his Sc.D a number of years ago and was a member of the Secrets Team, before returning to Singapore for a number of years. He has now returned to the US and is a professor in aerospace engineering; he has published more than 60 technical articles in various aerospace-related journals and conferences. Although known to be an expert in the field of unmanned aerial systems, audio is always his passion. He was involved in reviewing equipment for SECRETS in the early year, and his continued passion for audio has brought him once again to the SECRETS team. Welcome back Yongki!
Travis Allanson
Travis has been interested in home audio since he was a university student but he distinctly remembers the day he saw a high definition television broadcast for the first time. It was during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics when he saw a hockey game in high definition on a 65" Toshiba wide screen rear projection TV in a local audio/video retailer's showroom. The experience was mesmerizing and after watching a full period of hockey on the wide screen high definition television, he knew he had to have one. Since then, his passion for home theater and home audio has only grown. Travis has an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. After working for over a decade in the automotive industry, he transitioned into the financial services industry where he currently enjoys helping his clients with all of their financial planning needs. Travis and his wife Katie live in LaSalle, Ontario and when he is not enjoying movies and music, he is probably out golfing.
Robert Ebelling III
Robert's passion for audio was awakened at an early age by his father's purchase of a pair of original VonSchweikert Audio VR-4 floor standing speakers. Much like wine lovers (himself included) remember that first "Ah ha!" moment when they try their first "great" wine tastes a wine icon, this was his "Ah ha!" moment in audio. From this point on he was on a quest for what he considers "Audio Truth", a belief that the ultimate reproduction of sound is to produce the identical auditory experience as if it were live, without coloration, enhancement, refinement, or other influence imparted by audio equipment. As he has not found this "Audio Truth" yet, he has decided to share this quest with others by writing about it. Robert's reference setup includes a custom built "floating" room using the Cardas "Golden Ratio" for dimensions specifically designed for audio evaluation. His gear includes an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-Ray player, Jolida Glass FX tube DAC, Marantz AV 8801 pre/pro, Marantz MM 8077 multi-channel amplifier, Sony 1080p VPLVW60 Projector, and Stewart Filmscreen 130 Reference Screen. For home theater speakers, he has Definitive Technologies CLR2500BK 150 watt speaker for the center channel, Definitive Technologies BPXBK speakers for side and rear surrounds, and Definitive Technologies 1,500 watt SCIBK Super Cube Subwoofer all connected via 14AWG x 4 speaker cable. The front two channels are heavily modified Von Schweikert VR-7SE MKIIIs, with 4" thick cabinets, custom milled speaker isolation spikes powered by a Channel Island Audio D-500 MKII monoblocks on dedicated 20 amp lines direct to the breaker box. The VR-7's are connected to the Marantz pre/pro (in Home Theater bypass mode) via Mogami quad star balanced ICs, and to the CIA monoblocks via "shotgun" Master Built cables. Robert attended Baylor University where he met his wife (who beat him at fencing). He attended medical school at UTMB in Galveston, TX, served his Internship in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center. He is currently a practicing Radiation Oncologist in the Greater Atlanta area and enjoys fly-fishing, cooking, playing with his new daughter, and of course pursuing "Audio Truth". (and somewhere in there he went to culinary school)
Jay Haider
Jay is an attorney by day, and a musical omnivore by night. Jay seeks out multichannel recordings, with or without video accompaniment. He also enjoys 2-channel music on digital and vinyl, as well as TV and the odd flick. Jay picked up his love of music from his mother, who was cool enough to go to Woodstock…but square enough to actually buy a ticket for it.
Jay approaches audio and home theater from a music-first perspective. His main interest audio-wise is gear that pushes the boundaries of realism in the home, especially speakers and room correction systems. However, he is also very interested in products that expand the possibilities for music lovers on modest budgets, and gear designed to provide a well-balanced sound in spaces where a full-bore audio system is impracticable. Jay has a special interest in correlating subjective impressions of speakers and room correction systems with acoustic measurements. A Washington DC native and die-hard Washington football fan, Jay lives in Atlanta (ITP) with his wife, daughter, and their two ferocious mini-lions.
Francisco Licon
Francisco grew up in the west Texas town of El Paso and developed an early crush on audio systems when he was a young teen listening to the great masters (King Crimson, CNS&Y, Jethro Tull, Blind Faith, and of course the Beatles). He built his first pair of good loudspeakers in his family's garage during high school as part of a drafting project (a large bass reflex enclosure for Electro-Voice 12" coax). Francisco's higher education was nourished at UTEP (where he received a BA in Drama) and later in life at UTSA (he received a Masters in Educational Leadership). During his college years he discovered theatre and worked as a teacher and performer in improvisation and mime and also DJ'd for a Jazz and Classical radio station. Francisco resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife, son, and dog and teaches Theatre Arts at Tom C. Clark High School. In his spare time he plays guitar and harmonica and sings. Thanks to the River City Audio Society of San Antonio, Francisco's passion for High Fidelity and music has found a new outlet. As always though, music is what matters and to that end he has enjoyed the LP renaissance especially with so much now available to the music lover in different formats. You know, it makes an old guy feel young all over again!
Carlo Lo Raso
A native of Toronto Canada, Carlo's interest in audio began at a young age when, unbeknownst to his mother, he started taking apart her transistor radios to see how they worked. This desire for knowledge-through-deconstruction continued through to the family’s 8-track tape player, turntable, headphones and speakers. Carlo subsequently spent a lot of time in his room…As he grew older, he would spend countless hours in downtown Toronto stereo shops, listening to all manner of gear and picking the brains of the various store owners. Through that formative experience, Carlo developed and appreciation for good music, and for good sound reproduction. The question of what makes one piece of equipment sound better (or worse) than another is something that he’s always found fascinating. Also, as a budding graphic artist, the aesthetic aspects of a given piece of gear became increasingly of interest to his eyes. It was at about that time as well that Carlo began purchasing “Audio Magazine” on a regular basis and came to appreciate, in particular, the writing and reviewing of the late Leonard Feldman. Carlo’s first audio equipment that he purchased with his hard earned part-time job money was a Luxman R-117 receiver and a pair of Image Concept 200 speakers which, in hindsight, he wishes he still owned. Career-wise, Carlo eventually graduated from Sheridan College with a degree in Classical Animation and was subsequently employed by Walt Disney Consumer Products for 10 years as a Character Artist and Art Director. Having become disenchanted with Los Angeles, he then decided strike out on his own. Carlo started his own company and has been freelancing artwork, from his home studio, for primarily the toy and publishing industries since 2001. A wide variety of music is often heard coming from Carlo’s studio while working on his latest project. Great music helps feed the soul and inspire creativity, and also provides for the occasional distraction. If he had a personal philosophy, it would be; always be open to learn something new and don’t take yourself too seriously. Specifically when it comes to audio reviewing; honesty and a good balance of objective and subjective observation is key. Ultimately, this is a hobby and it should be fun. Carlo currently lives in Granville, Ohio with his wife, two young sons and a pair of hyperactive dachshunds. Or is that two hyperactive sons and a pair of young dachshunds? He can never keep that straight….
Glenn Young
Glenn became involved with audio electronics and speaker building under the tutelage of the station engineer for the local public radio station in Baton Rouge, LA. During college, he earned pocket change by modifying Dynaco and other vacuum tube electronics. When the compact disc came out, he (foolishly) sold his vinyl collection and spent the next decades trying to recover the magic that was lost. Finally, with the implementation of hard-drive based digital music files, the joy of music has been "recovered". Glenn's daughter inherited his love of music and completed her bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance! Glenn is a safety consultant and continued to pursue better and better home audio and home theater performance. Although he has not enjoyed vinyl for many years, he is still of the opinion that only the very best digital systems can compete with a good phonograph record. Glenn's musical tastes are very broad…. electronica (Lords of Acid, Republica, & African Head Charge), popular music (including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry & LMFAO), small ensemble music (Atlantic Brass Quintet and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields), large orchestra music, vocalists, jazz, rap and anything not heard before. His A/V environments are constantly changing, but include multiple brands of speakers, power amplifiers, preamplifiers and DACs along with his Oppo BD93.

The Secrets Contributors

Ross Jones
Ross Jones is an intellectual property lawyer in northern California's Telecom Valley, where he works with technology companies and manufacturers. He has a background in music theory, and has played bass guitar for 30 years in Los Angeles and Bay Area bands (which explains why he has five subwoofers in his home)."
Sumit Chawla
Sumit received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1997 and has been working in the software industry in Silicon Valley ever since. He currently works on implementing image processing algorithms for Foveon, a startup company that makes image sensor chips for digital cameras. Prior to joining Foveon, he held engineering positions at Shutterfly and SGI, where he developed software for digital image enhancement and video capture respectively. Sumit enjoys retreating to his A/V room to listen to music or watch movies. He lives in San Carlos, California with his wife and two children, who he hopes will grow up to be audiophiles! Sumit has been a contributor and Senior Editor for Secrets for over 10 years.