Why a website and blog about the Orion loudspeakers? Is this about the Orions anyways?

There is much that could be said about the Orion loudspeakers to entice you to listen to them. But much of that has been written elsewhere so you won’t find much urging here. When I do write about my impressions, I’ll avoid the clichéd jargon used to describe sound. You know it, the gilded vernacular of our hobby: “silky highs”, “the french horn was palpable”, “full-bodied”, “delivered in spades”, and so on. I’m looking for accuracy and lack of distortion, which inevitably lead to realistic reproduction.

What I will do instead is present a number of projects, ideas and observations, some related to the Orions, others made possible by their high performance. Why? For show-and-tell props, and to expose you to the Orions and help you find the gateway.

Gateway to what? Gateway to “auditory scene” realism. That is, realistic reproduction of the music you listen to, as far as physics and your personal situation allows—your room’s acoustics, the quality of the recordings you play, and so on. See here for more information how auditory scenes can be created by stereo loudspeakers, and here for an understanding of how our brains analyze auditory scenes.

So that’s what this site is for. Many of my projects have succeeded because the Orions produce the cleanest, most undistorted, accurate and realistic reproduction of music I’ve heard, or likely ever will. They reveal the smallest incremental changes to upstream components. As a tool, they’re a microscope. As part of a music system, they transform you across time and space to where the music was made. I hope that’s not too cliché.

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