Playback Is Suite
Jeffrey Allen listens to the high-end, audiophile-style sound system in CBS' Reference Playback Suite.
by Martin Goodman
LOS ANGELES—Located on the CBS Studio Cente lot, home to Spin City and Third Roc from the Sun, is a unique listening environment
known as the Reference Playback Suite.
Jeffrey Allen designed the suite so that producers, engineers and artists can listen to their projects on a high-end, audiophile-style
Among those who have recently visited the
Playback Suite are Herbie Hancock, Mickey
Stevenson, Smokey Robinson, Hank Waring of
FDS Labs/Quad Digital, Dolby Labs, and Miramax.
Allen, who has a background as a live
show and content producer, was interested in
creating an environment that could replicate as
close as possible the “live” experience.
Allen took years matching specific cables
and components, with chosen cables by Purist
Audio, Kimber Select and Nordost. “I’m not a
snake-oil salesman,” he says “the stuff is out
there. For example, I use the CFX a line conditioner
from a company called Sound Application which makes a real line conditioner—it really
does condition the line.”
Pro Sound News April 2001