From Richard's Perspective
Since I was twelve I have been an avid listener to music, starting with a wind-up
gramophone and 78s in the mid 1940s and evolving to owning some of today's wonderful
music reproduction technology. I graduated to 'hi fi' speakers in 1960 and have
owned a number of well known British and American makes since.
When I first heard about Tetra speakers I dismissed them without bothering to hear
them. How could a small local manufacturer compete with big companies like Wharfedale,
B&W, Tannoy, etc? My bias was compounded by hearing locally produced speakers
before, and they were awful.
Curiosity and a persuasive wife finally brought me to Adrian's shop to audition
the Tetra range. I was astonished, amazed at the quality. Realistic bass in classical,
jazz and rock music, a rarity in speakers; wonderful smooth treble; exciting mid-range,
impressive transient response, great depth in the stereo image, clear separation
of instruments and voices in large choral works and much more. Frank Sinatra, Janis
Joplin and Luciano Pavarotti sound as if they are in the room!
Since that audition three months ago I have lived with the Tetras, playing radio
and CDs and they continue to impress me.
From Judy's Perspective
"Persuasive wife" doesn't quite describe my effort and our animated discussions
before we finally heard Adrian's speakers. In Richard's defence, what could a wife
whose hearing cuts out at 1000 hz have to say on a topic that has been a life long
interest of a man whose hearing tested at the level of a 17-year-old a few years
ago? I have known Adrian for several years, and in the end we went as a favour to
me (and to bring an end to the "persuasion").
Richard's instant transformation at the Tetra sound room from tolerant observer
to a rapt listener made me think of Saint Paul's conversion on the Road to Damascus.
All the bits of imperfection in sound reproduction that Richard noticed in our speakers
had been fixed by Adrian. Piano, voices, bass - all sounded the way they are supposed
to. It was a great moment - fun and exhilarating - as we listened to bands from
the many CDs we brought to test the speakers, all sounding better than ever before.
I was enthralled because the Tetras brought such clarity to all the music played
in my limited hearing range - plucked bass strings make me feel I'm in the instrument,
I am the instrument!
Now that Richard's search for perfect speakers is over, we can live happily ever
after. The only remnant of our pre-Tetra life is hearing my husband talk to himself
about speakers, now always on a positive note: "My God that's wonderful!" "Listen
to the bass." "That piano sounds like we're at a concert." I can live with that.