Decades ago, the audio industry began fostering a viewpoint that manufacturers create better products if they specialize in a defined niche. Simultaneously, consumers could create better audio systems if they studied the market and picked individual components from different suppliers in an à la carte method to meet their needs and wants. Today, there are more specialist manufacturers working independently in more categories than ever before.
This approach has certainly worked successfully, to a point, but at Aurum Acoustics we firmly believe that, in recent years, the traditional component structure and open-architecture of an audio system has become a key impediment to audio system performance. As a result, many consumers may spend more time analyzing their system and choices than spending their valuable time listening to music in the first place.
In a multi-component system, performance may be inhibited by an excessive number of external connections and cables, impedance mismatches, varying material and component properties and behaviours, the presence of different engineering priorities, different ground potentials, and more complicated circuits than strictly necessary.
For even the most dedicated audiophiles, determining how to best combine different components can become a fine art of guesswork. In the end, the consumer may have a very expensive, complicated, and difficult to operate collection of equipment that is good but overall not ideally designed and executed. To overcome these limitations, it is time for a new system engineering approach to emerge and reorganize the internal structure of the audio system.