12 episodes

A podcast that accompanies audiophiles on their quests: (1) getting better sound, and (2) getting greater musical satisfaction.

Hosted by audio guy Jim Smith, author of Get Better Sound and the forthcoming Through the Sound Barrier.

Breaking Through: The Through the Sound Barrier Podcas‪t‬ Jim Smith

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    • 3.8 • 15 Ratings

A podcast that accompanies audiophiles on their quests: (1) getting better sound, and (2) getting greater musical satisfaction.

Hosted by audio guy Jim Smith, author of Get Better Sound and the forthcoming Through the Sound Barrier.

    Episode Twelve: Through the License Barrier

    Episode Twelve: Through the License Barrier

    Greetings audiophiles! This is the twelfth installment of the Breaking Through Podcast, and it's brief but well worth the listen, if we do say so ourselves. This time we focus exclusively on Through the Sound Barrier updates, and Jim has a couple of announcements to make. He also needs and requests your feedback concerning a video format question. Please send your comments to  and let him know what you think. Thanks for listening!

    • 16 min
    Episode Eleven: We Like Mike

    Episode Eleven: We Like Mike

    Hello audiophiles! We're back with an eleventh episode of the Breaking Through Podcast. In this episode we begin with the usual TTSB update, and then talk a bit about RoomPlay Reference. The real treat, though, is Randall's interview with Mike Bovaird, founder of the forums and an equipment dealer now in his own right at the newly opened .

    • 50 min
    Episode Ten: EQ and Room Setup

    Episode Ten: EQ and Room Setup

    Hello audiophiles! After a hiatus we're back with the tenth episode of the Breaking Through Podcast! In this episode, Jim updates you on the status of the Through the Sound Barrier project, and then discusses the question of EQ and digital signal processing. Lastly we discuss the comparative importance of components vs. room setup. Send listener mail to -- we love reading it!

    • 27 min
    Episode Nine: Out of the Hot Seat

    Episode Nine: Out of the Hot Seat

    Hello audiophiles! Can you believe that this is the ninth episode of the Breaking Through Podcast? In this episode, Jim provides the customary update on the Through the Sound Barrier project, including changes to the CD, status of the books and DVD, and a tentative shipping timeframe! Then it's on to discussing a recent RoomPlay Reference session with a client who hears things differently. Jim talks a bit about shared listening as yet another way that music can move you, reference room or not. We close with a reminder for all those TTSB backers who have yet to schedule their sessions with Jim.
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    • 27 min
    Episode Eight: RoomPlay Reference Reference

    Episode Eight: RoomPlay Reference Reference

    Hello audiophiles! Welcome to the eighth episode of the Breaking Through Podcast. In this episode, Jim offers a few updates on the Kickstarter production, and then turns over the mic to his trusty sonkick Randall. Randall interviews Wayne from Birmingham, a longtime audiophile who recently experienced great success with voicing his own soundroom following a RoomPlay Reference session with Jim. Hear what Wayne's got to say, and then go and do likewise, Gentle Listener.
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    • 24 min
    Episode Seven: Dynamics, Presence, and Tone

    Episode Seven: Dynamics, Presence, and Tone

    Hello audiophiles and pronunciation experts! Welcome to the seventh installment of the Breaking Through Podcast. In this episode, Jim and his trusty sonkick Randall spend much of their breath detailing the contents and uses of the two CDs that come with the Through the Sound Barrier project. Turns out that dynamics, presence and tone (briefly discussed in Episode Six) serve as the organizing principles for the tracks on the CD, and for system setup itself. After a rundown of the tracks on the CDs, Jim provides some color regarding his most recent work building out his soundroom. Which is hopefully finished, Gentle Listeners.
    Keep sending in listener mail to -- we love reading them!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Experince passed on

This podcast is for audiophiles that want to improve their systems. Mr. Smith has vast experiences. Very enjoyable.

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