143rd AES CONVENTION Presenters: Gerd Köck

AES New York 2017 Presenter or Author

Gerd Köck

Gerd Köck

Primary Affiliation: Art Déco Acoustics by Audio Manufaktur Köck - Kornwestheim, Germany
AES Member Type: Associate


Nothing but sound and silence
Is it possible to enhance the transparency of audio playback so much that you end up hearing nothing but the pure original sound? Without the interference of ambient noise, humming or distortion? For years now, Gerd Köck has been electrified by this question.

His vision has always been an audio system reduced to the bare essentials – and which, for that exact reason, delivers a perfect sound experience. He’s invested an amazing amount of time and energy into this dream of his. And even he is blown away by the result.

Clear sound. Classic design.
For over ten years, Gerd has been working on creating loudspeaker systems and amplifiers for the most demanding requirements of mastering and sound studios. Early on, he discovered the potential of electron tubes: Even his very first tube amplifier prototype reached a transparency surpassing anything available on the market at that time. The technical foundation for ART DÉCO ACOUSTICS was born: a focus on essential components of the highest quality.

Gerd wanted this simplicity and efficiency to be reflected in the system’s look, too. Which is why he began looking for a design to support the speakers and amplifiers in achieving the best possible playback. He found what he was looking for in the Art Deco era: Timeless forms, classy materials and sensual elegance create the perfect framework for extraordinary sound.

The result: Gerd now presents ART DÉCO ACOUSTICS, an audio system that re-defines the meaning of sound and design.

“Art Deco provides the perfect framework for sound with its forms, materials and sensuality.”

“I’m on fire with my ideas – until perfection.”
“I’m driven by the desire to make a completely new holistic approach become reality. The challenge wasn’t just to think through every single detail of this idea – I wanted to keep improving it in practice, too. And eventually use new manufacturing processes to perfect it. This is how I managed to improve audio playback to such an extent that you’ll hardly believe your ears.”

Gerd studied electronic engineering. He’s a product developer and passionate puzzle-solver. In developing his audio system, he put to work all his years of practical experience in electronics development and production optimization. Which is why he knew that the design of a system is a crucial factor impacting longevity and sound quality.

More Info: http://www.art-deco-acoustics.com

Session List

Oct 20: P12: Transducers—Part 3
Objective Testing of High-End Audio Systems (Author)

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