I guess I might as well introduce myself since most of you won’t know who the heck I am, having left the DIY world about 6 years ago and joined the professional scene.
John and I have decided to join forces, with the goal of re-vamping and revitalizing AE.
My name is Deon Bearden, though I have been affectionately dubbed dB for Dr. Bass or deciBell (Thilo Stompler / Tom Vodhanel). I got my start in DIY audio back in 1992, and learned acoustics at the hands of Joseph D’Appolitto, Poh Her Hsu, Vance Dickason, Joseph Sahyoun, Tom Nousaine, Earl Geddes, Thilo Stompler, and lastly Tim Sandrick, Roy Delgado, Jim Hunter and other industry notables. Several of whom I call friends to this day.
I helped to teach Tom Vodhanel, and John J acoustics, subwoofer and driver design back in the day. SVS has gone on to become wildly successfull and most of you I’m sure are very aware who they are.
For the last roughly ~~6 years, I’ve been employed by Klipsch Audio Technologies – and was recently laid off.
As a result of my time with Klipsch, I am proficient in all aspects of acoustic product development and launch through to production. I have gleaned a thorough knowledge of acoustics; including system and driver design, room interaction, polar and power response, distortion, linear and non linear measurement, and more.
I am now more experienced in product evaluation and documentation â€“ competitive and resident systems, speaker and component measurement, and benchmarking than I care to be. I probably have more hours sitting behind non linearity measurement gear and magnetic FEA software than most of you have spent at work in the last three years.
I was lucky to have access to a wonderfull multi million dollar laboratory packed with gear that would make you guys drool, and got to play with every toy in the shed youâ€™ve ever dreamed of. Time domain and sine based data acquisition systems, 2d and 3d CAD, ultra exotic FEA software, of course the Klippel, more gear than you could shake a stick at.
Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to manage audio product development with overseas factories, from project start up through to mass production including IQC and OQC product specific training of the factories, and production assembly line set up.
I have under my belt more than 60 home and pro audio transducers and 30 systems designed and launched to and or in production, or resourced, with almost every single component developed using excruciating care towards eeking every last ounce of performance available for the dollar. Many of those systems have won numerous industry awards (Audio Video Grand Prix, Innovations awards, best of show’s, etc) â€“ several systems are currently in top 10 best sellers in their categories in US according to INELEC data.
As resident Bass Zealot â€“ I helped implement a rigorous product development improvement program after the lab picked up a Klippel and MagNet, which helped to improve development cycle efficiency, decrease component cost, and improve acoustic performance. Iâ€™ve also spent quite a bit of time selecting and inspecting vendors, establishing IQC and OQC standards at home and overseas.
My specialty is and always has been subwoofers. Some of you may remember theBeast, and several Aura1808 / Seismic Systems (Barry Bozeman bought out a bunch of Aura’s stock and re-badged them as 8196’s) which he sold to me direct, and I provided several SoCal DIY’rs the opportunity to aquire, and helped build some pretty fun subwoofers with…
You should see theBeast MK-II. The first thing I did after getting to the Lab once I signed on was to teach myself how to build woofers, and develop a 15″ driver that outperformed the 1808 used in theBeast. 😎
I consider myself lucky to cary very good relationships with several outstanding â€“ world class even â€“ vendors and suppliers.
I’ll be bringing the experience and relationships I’ve developed as a proffesional in the industry to assist John with AE, in the hopes of bringing all of you world class product and service at exceptional prices.