Conrad Sanville has tinkered with things for his entire life. He grew up on a dirt road in Westfield. A farm boy who wanted to design cars, he headed to college in California.
"I was shy, farmer kid way out of my element, as far as social. From Vermont to Los Angeles," Sanville said.
He never designed cars, but he does design something more boxy. He custom builds speakers for his business, Sanville Sound Systems.
Reporter Gina Bullard: I've never seen a speaker with another mini-speaker on top. So, why do that?
Conrad Sanville: To eliminate any defragmented effects. There's no bounce for the sound, so it radiates around the speaker itself.
Sanville has had a lifelong love affair with sound. As a kid, he was intrigued by speakers, always rewiring and perfecting any sound systems he came across. In his 30s, he was selling speakers at a music store when he realized he could produce something better.
He doesn't make the electronics, but he has come up with the perfect formula to create what he calls accurate sound. His speakers are used for everything from listening to music outside to making the home theater experience feel out of this world. He's been in business 18 years and has created more than 1,000 speakers.
Gina Bullard: What makes your speakers better than something you would find at a box store?
Conrad Sanville: Well, I have the advantage of going into a house. And when I walk into a room, I know what its acoustic properties are.
Custom installation is part of the package.
"The position of the speakers is 70 percent of the battle for sound presentation," Sanville explained.
Made in Vermont speakers that range in price from $800 to thousands. Powerful Hollywood sounds coming from the hills of the Northeast Kingdom.
Most of Sanville's customers are in Vermont, but many are also from Boston and Florida.
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