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The following audio industry quotes are excerpts from longer comments. The entire comment is on file and can be forwarded to you on request. We’ve kept them brief so that you can get a quick feel for what these industry experts are saying:

"Last month I briefly mentioned a new book by Jim Smith titled "Get Better Sound", however I really did not go into much detail.

For those that do not know Jim Smith, he has been in this industry for years. He was previously the Avantgarde Acoustics US distributor. I first met Jim when he requested a Rives PARC for one of his show demos.

Jim knew he was going to have an issue in that room and took necessary steps to insure it would not result in a bad sounding room. In fact, every room I've ever been in that Jim was associated with sounded good. He was one of the consistent people in setting up a room properly.

His book, "Get Better Sound" is a plethora of tips on how to do what Jim did on a regular basis. These tips are practical, easy to follow, and most of all--they work. Many of them are the basics of what we do when designing a room. While we may use mathematical calculations to predict results, the basic goal and issues remain the same. Jim has put together very approachable and useable methods to help just about anyone achieve better performance of their system.

This is highly recommended."

Richard Rives Bird, President, Rives Audio - Rives Audio newsletter - January 2009 - Get Better Sound - Special Report (edited for brevity - for the entire report, go to

"System setup is every bit as important as the equipment itself. Jim Smith has written a very good book which takes on the issue of system setup in a thorough, easy to read way that we can highly recommend."

Ayre Acoustics – April 2009 - What's New

“This is a must have book for anyone serious about high end audio.”

Paul McGowan, writing in the December 2008 PS Audio Newsletter.

“There is an art, as well as a science, in getting the most from your hi-fi, and I don't know anyone with more experience and better ideas on how to do that than Jim Smith.

My history with Jim goes all the way back to 1977 when Jim, then sales manager of Magnepan, visited one of our specialty audio/video stores in Champaign, IL. Jim was extremely demanding of us as representatives of his products, but was very generous with his advice and knowledge.

I learned more from Jim than any other individual in my thirty-plus years in this business, which now includes having been a retailer, loudspeaker manufacturer (Dunlavy Audio Labs, 1992-1995), and, now, one of the three partners of Balanced Audio Technology (1995-the present).

I can honestly say that knowing Jim Smith has been one of the primary forces in my love of the art form that can be hi-end audio.  I say "can be," rather than "is" because so often systems are far worse sounding than the sum of their parts! Frankly, the opposite should be true, but unfortunately it's not, because most people (some dealers included) don't fully understand the many ways to maximize the performance of a system.

Jim Smith is a professional who has the experience, knowledge, and intellect to make anyone's system sound its best.  At last, he's put his knowledge into the form of a book that can be read and understood by anyone.  You don't have to be a seasoned audiophile to appreciate this book.  Indeed, it can help beginners and professionals alike”

Geoffey Poor, Partner, Balanced Audio Technology

“At the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I was fortunate enough to assist two friends who were sharing a demonstration room with Jim Smith of Avantgarde USA. Jim was in charge of setting up and voicing the sound system that thousands of people would hear.

The hotel demonstration room was a somewhat small, odd shaped room that suffered from several acoustical anomalies. Jim methodically and meticulously measured the room with his endless string of James Bond gadget measuring devices and along with his expert listening skills, he ultimately overcame the hotel room’s acoustical issues.

Jim’s attention to detail, experience and knowledge on what to listen for was extraordinary. The sound system for the show sounded fantastic - receiving several Best Sound of Show awards from the press.

Those eight hours I spent slaving away - moving speakers, crates, and boxes - was well worth it because I received an education that was priceless. Jim’s book will be an invaluable resource for any audiophile.”

Eric Braun. CES set-up assistant

“I met Jim Smith in 1980 while working as a manufacturers rep. He was in the process of opening a high-end audio store in Birmingham, AL. I quickly recognized this was not the typical stereo shop owner. This man was on a quest. He was searching for the Holy Grail of audio reproduction. He made it very clear to me that it’s not about the gear but what you can extract from it and the emotional experience it brings to a listener.

I had the good fortune to get a job with Jim with the hope that I could learn more of his craft. I would spend countless hours at the store as well as at night and on weekends at clients’ homes watching and helping Jim extract the last musical details from every system. He was relentless.

Over many years of working with Jim, I learned a lot. The man has a gift for delivering more than the sum of its parts in any music reproduction system available. If anyone could put together a comprehensive 'how to' for any music lover... this is your guy.”

Bud Ross, former employee

“I met Jim Smith in 1977, when I opened Audio Emporium. Jim was at Audio Research Corporation (ARC). Within a few months he moved to Magnepan where he was the National Sales Manager.

He visited my store in Milwaukee and was unique in his interest to help me provide the best sound possible, not just for Magnepans, but for other speakers (B&W and Dahlquist) too! With Jim’s help I was able to dial in pretty respectable sound for a hi-fi shop dealing with multiple products.

Jim knows how to setup an audio system beyond anyone I’ve ever met. To be able to tap into Jim’s talent would do any system well.”

Dave Holmes, Owner, Audio Emporium, Brown Deer, WI

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Note from Jim Smith –

Please read or view the tips in the set-up manual or DVD that you purchase, and be sure to put some of the tips into action.  If you don’t, then you’re wasting your money.  Wasting money is the opposite result of why I wrote the book and produced the DVDs…
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