When he was young, acoustic engineer Dennis Foley would wait until his parents went out, then carry his soundsystem from room to room, looking for the best sound. He had realised, after his first move to a new house and bigger bedroom, that where the speakers were placed made as much difference to their sound as their size. Cue a lifelong quest to create the perfect acoustics.
Foley began working for a company that built high-end office buildings. “The people who worked there didn’t want the discussions they had in meeting rooms to be heard outside them,” he says.
Photograph: Ben Speckmann
Words: Tom Banham