KOSMIC is all about
MUSIC. To recreate the most realistic experience
possible. KOSMIC is taken from
the Greek Cosmos, and in the most general sense, a cosmos is an orderly
or harmonious system. This is the essence of our philosophy. And like
the definition of cosmic, it can be an expression of amazement or
Many enthusiasts pursue
the best audio equipment within their budgets. And much of the
industry: manufacturers, dealers, magazines and the internet focus much
attention on equipment. We are conditioned to think that equipment
upgrades are the key to achieving musical nirvana. With each equipment
upgrade we hope to get closer to our goal. But after the thrill of the
new upgrade wears off, we seek more upgrades, this is the vicious cycle,
the treadmill of dissatisfaction. As systems are
upgraded, they increase in resolution, and more distortions are exposed.
The reality is that the reproduction of music in the home is
a system of many interrelated parts. The equipment is only a
part. It is very significant, but not the whole problem. Having the best
equipment does not guarantee the best sound.
Where many enthusiasts
fail is to optimize the other fundamental variables or ELEMENTS. These
are: RESONANCE CONTROL, POWER and ACOUSTICS. Each of these variables
including EQUIPMENT must be balanced and optimized within
a given budget. We have no problem with
upgrading EQUIPMENT, its that it should be done after the other ELEMENTS
have been optimized. Until that happens, we frequently will evaluate
equipment and reach incorrect conclusions about the equipment due to
problems with resonance control, power and acoustics.
We have created a
symbolic representation of the KOSMIC philosophy based on an ancient set
of archetypal (generic, idealized model of a concept) Greek classic
elements. These ideas date from pre-Socratic times. Oriental variations,
date from far earlier. Please don’t confuse this with new age rhetoric. Plato mentions the
elements as a list created by the Ionic philosopher Empedocles (ca. 450
BC). Empedocles called these four roots (the term “ELEMENTS” used
by later writers): Fire, Earth, Water and Air. With each pair having
common properties. Each of these elements are analogous to Equipment,
Resonance Control, Power and Acoustics respectively in our philosophy.
(Fire) Most equipment
generates heat, hence the analogy to fire. Tube based electronics even
glow and are hot to the touch. We think that fire is an appropriate
(Earth) Most equipment is
highly influenced by resonance and vibration. One of the lowest level
distortions, Resonance and vibration mask low level details. As a system
increases its resolution, the more significant are the impact of low
level distortions. Most equipment do not deal with the negative
effects of resonance in an optimal way. Just like the earth represents
strength and stability, so too should good resonance control.
POWER (Water) An analogy often used
to describe the flow of electricity in a circuit is water flowing in a
pipe. And just like water purity, power purity is most important. Your
sound system is no more than a modulated power supply. You can hear
distortions in the power system. In addition, power must flow
instantaneously with sufficient supply to meet the demand.
(Air) From the Greek
Akoustikos, from akouein “to hear”. Acoustics in the context of sound
carrying ability, is the characteristic way in which sound carries or
can be heard within a particular enclosed space. Acoustics has a
considerable impact on the quality of music and movies played in the
home. Just like air represents openness, so too should good acoustics.
(Not closed-in and boxy).
These four "Elements" symbols are combined to form a fifth symbol which
represents KOSMIC's philosophy.
But what is the point of having optimal Equipment,
Resonance Control, Power and Acoustics without music? The equipment would be
nothing more than jewelry. In addition, the quality of the recordings is
perhaps the most important as the system can never be better than the
source. That is why all four Elements together represent Music, the