BRSE HR-1 Monitor:
Blue Ridge Sound
Engineering brings
you state of the art
loudspeakers with
full range, full-sized
sound in a small,
stylish mini-monitor.
There is no better at
any price, period.
Most photos have been
taken without front grills
as we believe the
majority of you will want
them this way, side
grills are included, front
grills optional.
It's all about the music...
Blue Ridge Sound Engineering
Sound Engineering brings music to your ears. Speakers made by audiophiles, for audiophiles.
This graph is of a $30,000 "audiophile" loudspeaker:
This graph is of a "real" audiophile loudspeaker, our HR-1
These measurement graphs are 'apples to apples'. Both  
taken under the same prescribed conditions such as mic
position,distance etc for direct comparison.
To Tech Talk-

Welcome to Blue Ridge Sound Engineering! We're committed to building and selling
audiophile loudspeakers without inflated pricetags and selling honest to goodness great
sounding speakers. If you're in the market for highly musical speakers that provide an open
and honest musicality along with accuracy, great soundstage and excellent imaging, BRSE
speakers may be just what you're looking for. Most of our customers are replacing far more
expensive speakers with ours and are very happy to have done so. In fact, one of the most
often heard comments on our speakers is "they sound like live music!"

Let's answer a few longstanding
questions that have been floating around
for years. What makes a good loudspeaker?
Can the same speaker be equally good at
reproducing the sound of both an orchestra
and a rock band? Are there any tangible
indicators of excellent performance or do
we have to audition every speaker made?
In the next few pages these and many more
questions will be answered.

                                                              The answer to the first of our questions seems
                                                          simple on the surface: A good loudspeaker is any
                                                          speaker that sounds musical and correct. The Best
                                                          speakers will transport you to another place the
                                                          moment you close your eyes. Our speakers are
                                                          designed to do just that. What sort of engineering                    
                                                          principles and what kind of components constitute a                
                                                          truly great speaker? The in depth answer to this and                
                                                          other questions can be found on our
Tech Talk page.             

I've heard many times that speaker X is great
on jazz but not so good for movies, while speaker
Y plays beautiful orchestral music but sounds
awful on rock music. The truth is that these
speakers sound better on one type of music
than another because they have colorations
at different frequencies that just happen to get
missed with certain types of music, but not others.
The ultimate goal of any loudspeaker that
hopes to be a great one is an even frequency
response. That is, all frequencies will be repro-
duced at the same amplitude.
If a speaker has
both an even frequency response,
and the
ability to play loudly enough at each of those
frequencies, that speaker will sound equally
pleasing for any type of music or movie.
Our speakers have just such a flat response,
and also have the proper dynamic capabilities
to reproduce all kinds of music and/or movies
equally well.

                                                           Are there any reliable, tangible indicators with
                                                        which to judge and compare the sound quality of
                                                       one loudspeaker with another? Yes. There are a
                                                       few different things for you to look for, which we'll
                                                       explain in depth on our Tech Talk page. For now,
                                                       the most important thing to look for is also the
                                                       easiest to understand and interpret. That is the
                                                       frequency response graph. We'll get into a detailed
                                                       exposition on these graphs later for those of you
                                                       who are unfamiliar. For now I'll give you the Cliff
                                                       Notes version: These graphs represent the
                                                       frequency response, or the amplitude (volume)
                                                       of a speaker at every frequency. Low frequencies
                                                       on the left, high on the right. If a speaker has large
                                                       variations in volume from one frequency to another
                                                       this degrades the sound quality, especially when
                                                       these variations are larger than a few decibels (db).
                                                       The graph you see on the top to your left is
                                                       from a speaker that sells for between $29,995 and
                                                       $34,000 depending on finish. The one on the bottom
HR-1) clearly shows a better frequency response.
                                                       Frequency response
is accuracy. Truly accurate
                                                       speakers (and there aren't many of them) will
all have a
                                                       frequency response that's as much like a straight line as
possible, like ours. In our comparison, it is not physically possible for the expensive speaker to
sound even mediocre compared to ours. This is not an isolated case either, most speakers
have a response graph that looks like the outline of a mountain range, rather than a slightly
wavy line as it should be. Click
here for more comparisons. Here for FAQ.
What this means to you, the audiophile consumer, is that you do not have to pay $30,000, or
even $5,000 for a truly excellent speaker. In point of fact- The expensive speaker company
above will charge you $4,000 extra for a change to a different wood veneer finish, our
speaker is only about 1/2 of what they'd charge extra for some cheap veneer!
Are you interested in owning world-class performance? Whether you have money to burn or
have been saving for months for a new set of audiophile speakers, we don't think you'll find a
finer sounding, better engineered speaker than a BRSE, regardless of price.

Please read on to find out more...