Sound & Visionary: John Hunter of Sumiko Page 3
|John Hunter was the lead designer of REL's T-Series sub-bass systems, which are meant to give cash-strapped audiophiles a chance to savor the high end. Priced from $595 to $795, they feature front-firing active drivers and downward-firing passive radiators and are meant for use in both stereo and surround-sound systems.|
What do you see happening in the next 10 years? I see the industry splitting. The big box stores are going in one direction and are really being challenged by their own competitive fire. About 10 years ago, places like Best Buy sucked the whole mid-fi crowd out of all the 5-to-10-store chains, which are mostly gone. Now there's only the high end and the low end. For the high end, everything rides on speakers. Either you're going to produce absolutely beautiful product that makes you want to own it the minute you see it or touch it, or you're going to be out of business. Going forward, there's no room for black vinyl boxes. The marketplace is stretching and separating. The guys who think it's still 1983 are never going to make it.
I'm guessing you have an amazing collection of vinyl. As a matter of fact, I thinned it out a few years ago. I'm down to about 3,000 records from about 8,000. What I have now are old friends that serve any need I might have. One of my favorites is Cream, Wheels of Fire. "Crossroads," Eric Clapton - absolutely the finest guitar solo in the history of mankind.