Get Better Sound


While traveling extensively around North America as an audio distributor and as an audio consultant, Jim Smith became increasingly discouraged.

Although he visited hundreds of audiophiles, some with very advanced systems, he was amazed and dismayed to discover that not one system he heard was performing anywhere near its potential! When a system underperforms, it’s a huge waste of the owner’s resources. The real benefits of enjoying the system are diminished - if not totally lost. These effects are not subtle: in fact, when confronted with the difference, audiophiles were astonished at what they were missing.

Then, in 2008, Jim was in a bad car accident, suffering a broken back and a lack of mobility for several months. Traveling to see clients was not an option. Some of his colleagues and friends reminded him of his disappointment in the sound of audiophiles’ high-end systems. They asked, “Hey, why don’t you write that set-up book that you said was needed so badly?”

So he did. It's called Get Better Sound.

And thousands of audiophiles around the world have benefited greatly, as countless e-mails, phone calls, testimonials and reviews have attested.

Scroll down to learn more, and to read comments by respected reviewers.

The Story

The Setup Manual Your System Wants

Get Better Sound is not a book about how components work. There are already plenty of excellent technical and reference books on this topic, written by experts in the field.

Get Better Sound is not about selling you another component.

Instead, Get Better Sound is about how to make those components that you already own come alive in your room, now.  Presented in a conversational style, GBS is based not only on physics, but also on Jim's successful voicing experience gained from over 35 years of installing and voicing all kinds of sound systems—for audiophile music lovers, for audio shops, and at the largest audio shows. Now you can use the same techniques that Jim used to win "Best Sound of Show" press comments and to receive consistent acclaim from his personal clients over the years.


"Wait," you might say, "why is there a DVD set when we already have a book?"

As Jim has traveled around the country, voicing dozens of systems belonging to readers of GBS, one thing became obvious. Even though his readers had reported a real improvement in their sound after employing the tips in GBS, they were amazed at the additional level of improvement when Jim voiced their systems. This happened at every site. When asked why the sound was so much better, Jim always replied that he employed exactly the same tips & techniques found in the GBS Set-up Manual.

But he finally realized that actually seeing the setup steps performed was more powerful and more effective for some people than only reading about them.

And so, the GBS 3-DVD set was born.

The 3-DVD Set: Watch and Learn

In this DVD set, you'll go on-site with Jim to an audiophile’s listening room to see implementation of some of Jim’s recommended techniques. In addition to some all-new topics, Jim has chosen a few key tips from the Get Better Sound set-up manual. He discusses them in an easy-to-understand style, but he pulls no punches to be sure you have the information that’ll make a REAL difference.

A few things that you’ll learn:

  • How to make your system’s most important component work for you.

  • The one thing your system must have to be musically satisfying.

  • If you’re past 50, can you hear well enough to care about sound quality?

  • Which FREE loudspeaker/component tweaks will yield huge dividends.

  • Over 30 detailed room/speaker set-up tips that will improve your sound.

  • Why you need to have an audio system “road map.”

  • How to diagnose problems when your dealer/technician isn’t available.


And much, much more. As ever, Jim’s goal is to show you how to greatly improve your sound, and how to do it without spending a fortune. Plus, when you do make a purchase, you’ll be confident that you’ve selected the very best component.


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