We seek to offer the best values in high performance audio
products for music and home theater. These categories can be fairly
distinctly divided between products focused on features and those focused, much
more importantly, on the quality of the picture and the sound. We distinctly
choose to represent the latter. We also endeavor to locate extremely high-value
items and purchase them in large quantities. This often results in greater
discounts that we can pass along to our customers. Further, we believe we
are able to offer advice on how to optimize your purchase value and the
performance of your system. We have a far greater than superficial
understanding on how to maximize performance.
Our company has been in continuous operation since it was
founded by Ralph Spear and Gene Ritvo in 1988. As a “brick and mortar” dealer,
we were the largest independent high-end audio store in New England for over
twenty years, earning numerous “Dealer of the Year” awards from many of our
industry’s most prestigious manufacturers. Today we celebrate ten years of
leading the way in the retailing of high quality audio products on the
Internet. We will continue to offer high performance audio components and
great value along with unusually proficient after the sale service.
In a nutshell we offer:
• High performance
• The increasingly rare ability to explain how to maximize
your system’s performance.
• Unsurpassed value.
• Top flight
Ralph Spear (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ralph has
been involved in the audio industry since 1973. He has extensive
experience in sales and management. Ralph has also been a member of ownership in
retail, manufacturing, and distribution. He endeavors to emphasize
efficiency in operations as well as the quality and value of our
offerings. Ralph has a special ability to find products that offer
exceptional performance and the expertise to communicate these finds to our
Dick Moulding (email@example.com) Dick is a
graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Dick’s interest in audio started at an early age although he did not build his
first Heathkit until he was 22. Prior to working for Spearit Sound, Dick worked
for various radio stations and as an organizer for The Union Stereo Coop at the
University of Massachusetts. Dick also owned Sound & Music in
Northampton MA, one of the first high-end dealerships in Western
Massachusetts. He oversaw the local introduction of many of the industry
changing products and trends of the last 35 years. Dick’s experience in audio
combined with his terrific communication skills gives him remarkable ability to
communicate the performance and benefits of the equipment we sell.
Dick is a performing musician. His niche is fairly
specialized and he is a true scholar of Ragtime music. As a pianist, he
has studied with some of the world’s finest teachers in the field of rag. In
addition to local performing, Dick is a regular attendee and performer at
Ragtime Festivals across the country. When not working at Spearit Sound or
performing, Dick is encouraging the development of young musicians with his
board work for the Northampton Community Music Center.
Jack Tozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jack has been
involved with the audio industry since 1979 in both sales and management. He
started building electronics with a Heathkit vacuum-tube voltmeter in 1969 when
he was 14.
Jack is a classically trained baritone who has studied at
both Smith College and the University of Massachusetts. In addition to a
number of recordings, Jack is a current or past member of Novi Cantori, Arcadia
Players, Pioneer Valley Cappella, the Greater Westfield Choral Association as
well as having performed innumerable solos in New England.
In addition to his music training, Jack has studied the
physics of sound and brings this technical understanding to putting together
high performance audio system; he understands the physical difficulties that can
arise and is able to work to correct them. Additionally, Jack has 15
years experience recording local choruses and orchestras and has the experience
of being on both sides of the microphone.
Jim Metz (email@example.com) Jim has been
involved in the audio industry for over 30 years. Jim’s training is
solidly founded in science and he holds a degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Massachusetts. This gives Jim and unusual understanding
of the “whys” of the differences in audio/video playback systems. In addition to
his work at Spearit Sound, Jim builds and repairs classic tube guitar and audio
amplifiers as a hobby. Jim is deeply insightful concerning the synergistic
relationship of the components and how they interact in a system. Jim is
also a pretty good guitar player.
Short (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a long
affiliation with Spearit Sound. He worked for Spearit Sound (then Sound &
Music,) in the ‘90s and took a hiatus to pursue other interests. Mark
rejoined us about 7 years ago and has brought with him a rather remarkable set
of database skills. He has put this to work by building a dedicated point of
sale system with an integrated database. Mark also has solid computer
networking knowledge and, as a result, was an early adopter home music
servers. In addition to the excellent PC skills, something he shares
with Eamonn and Jack, Mark knows the Apple products and operating systems inside
Mark’s interest in audio is fed by eclectic
tastes in music as well as a desire to make a musical event happen in his living
room. In addition to being at home with both LP and high resolution
digital files, he is equally comfortable with the strengths of solid-state and
valve electronics. Mark is also an avid photographer. Not surprisingly, he
shoots both film (medium format,) and digital.
Eamonn Molloy (email@example.com) Eamonn
brings extensive computer experience both as an hobbyist and an IT
professional. He has run his own business and brings this expertise to
Spearit Sound. His understanding of computer operating systems and computer
hardware makes him our resident expert in computer audio and the burgeoning
field of high performance, high resolution digital audio playback.
Natalie Vlahovic Natalie is our
accounting manager and supervises a subsidiary sales group for the
company. Natalie is also a commercially credited photographer and has a
degree from Babson University.