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Date added: 06/07/2016 Sound Advice - 06/01/2016

Last week there was a bit of a snafu with the show and I made my way over to be the guest on Audio Depot's radio hour "Sound Advice". (This was kind of a last minute deal, and neither of us were on much sleep so please excuse me if I'm a bit out of sorts early on). It's always fun to chat and give insight into what we do in our industry. Please let us know what you think in the comments, and if you have any specific suggestions for the next time I might go on the show, please speak up!

Thanks for having me on John!
-True
 

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Date added: 02/02/2016 Enter - Toby Impact - New Line of Home Theater Subwoofers

We have always built home subwoofers keeping sound quality as a primary goal, normally in a sealed enclosure to ensure the most accurate, and quickest response. Our long standing standard has been the Cube 14, with Dual 10" in a force cancelling configuration. We also have 2 other standard designs (Single 10" with 300 Watts - or Single 8" with 75 Watts) which follow the same ideology - Sealed enclosures make for the most accurate and enjoyable musical experience. While all of our standard models are very useful in Home theater applications, there is sometimes a perceived lack of power on very low frequencies, specifically during explosions.

Enter - the "Toby Impact" line of home theater subwoofers. 

Utilizing either a Single 10" or 12" woofer, (Carefully ported around 30hz optimizing for port air velocity and overall tone) with a substantial built in amplifier boost around the same frequency, we achieve roughly 4X more energy (at 30hz) in the room than any of our previous standard designs. The new lineup utilizes a built in 300 watt digital amplifier with a high accuracy - fast response limiting circuit to keep everything under control, even in situations where you might normally be at risk of over-driving the system. This provides a very clean, very enjoyable rumble for any movie buff, as well as an incredibly useful subwoofer for musical applications as well. While the production versions of the "Impact 10" and "Impact 12" are both in the works, we do have prototypes built and they are available for demo now. Please feel free to ask any questions, or just stop by sometime and we will be happy to give you a demo!

- True

 

Here are a couple shots of the prototype during build/testing :)

 

New subwoofer design built specifically for home theater - getting finishing touches

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New prototype subwoofer design "Impact 10"

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Date added: 03/30/2015 Goodbye, old friend

After several years in his fight with a debilitating lung condition, Toby D. Guynn has passed on. 3/30/2015

I sit here with many things to say, but no words... Toby was many things to me... I started my journey in speaker building as a Junior in high school, when Toby allowed for a very flexible schedule of around 5 hours a day for the school/work program. I quickly realized that I was learning more at the shop than at school, and enjoying myself much more while actually producing tangible products with my hands. The shop environment never really reflected the real world... If you needed a day off, he'd quip "I'm sure we'll manage". Very seldom did Toby ever come off as "The Boss". He was the kind of person to let you make, and learn from, your own mistakes; Even if it cost him a bit of money in the long run. He would often drop whatever he was doing and grab chalk to explain an idea, or try to better understand it himself (We had 5 different chalkboards throughout the shop). As time went on, I started to take on more of the shop responsibility.
     

     David Johnston was our GM, and his duties and talents well exceeded the normal bounds of that title. He took care of the day to day business side, as well as building all of the individual speaker components and bookwork for the business so that Toby could continue to design and play with new ideas, as well as any new component that hit the market. (As new tweeters or speaker designs came to his attention, he would usually create his own version to decide weather or not the technology had any merit. It was ALWAYS about creating better sound). I told David in jest (while still a punk kid in high school), "I'll take your job one day". He laughed, and said it was probably true. He continued to teach me in the art of building speaker components, and in late 2005, I went full time with "The Corp." after graduation. David was gone, off to a real world job and a wife and children. I had a good friend that was mechanically and technically inclined from school, Kerry Chappell, that I recommended we hire to take over many of the jobs I had previously been charged with.

     Toby, Kerry, Steve (our amazing engineer), and myself... for 7 years we were the entire team at Toby Corporation creating and designing and improving production techniques; improving bracing and lowering distortion of previous designs. Toby was less the BOSS and more an amazing cultivator of ideas, and a nurturing mentor. If you had a new idea, he would get excited about it. He would encourage you to flesh it out, he actually wanted to hear the frankensteined breadboard prototype version compared to his standard models. If they were better, he was the first to admit it, and drop the old design. In late 2006 I started desiging home theater center channels (after several years of experience and explanation from Stephen Bolser and Toby on how to use LAUD, as well as LSPCAD for our normal 4th order passive crossover designs). With their guidance, I started on the idea of a wall mount center channel which needed to be around 5" total depth. We went through probably 5 versions of this design, and soon realized that it was a bit of a lost cause. The depth caused reflections which are nearly impossible to compensate for, and without advanced CNC routing, we gave up the idea of a shallow mounting speaker and focused on making one that was much more versitile. Toby never really considered any of them a failure, just a means to an end. In early 2008, I came up with the prototyped model of the current MPC (Multi-purpose-Center) and we realized during initial testing that it might be something special. With some crossover tweaks by Toby, we were able to clearly outperform our old Short Satelite models as a Stereo speaker. This was not originally the goal, but a handy side effect of tweeter/woofer placement as well as enclosure dimensions. It was supposed to outperform our older Center Channel options, but we ended up creating an entirely new line that worked anywhere in the room, regardless of horizontal or vertical configuration! Toby told me to build a batch of the new creation and get them off to paint so we had some to sell. In the meantime we built a second prototype to compare crossover models between the two (something we always did to fine tune crossover design of new models). It was my first real success with design, only allowed by my previous understanding of speaker placement and interactions that I came upon through the designs that Toby encouraged me to explore. 

     In late 2008, Toby began experiencing breathing issues. He was diagnosed with "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis"; His lung tissue was hardening, and nobody really knows why. His prognosis gave him 2 years. The only "Cure" is to get a lung transplant. He begain going to rehabilitative therapy to give his body the best chance possible of coping with a transplant once he came up for a doner, and by the time this happened, he was actually in good enough shape that he decided to forego the procedure. He continued therapy and was able to maintain a fairly regular work schedule. I still got to come to work every day with two of my best friends. In 2012, Toby's health took a turn, and with many other factors going into play, he was forced into retirement. The neighbors and joint building owners were ready to retire as well, and The Corp was shutting down. There was no backup plan in place. No finance to keep it going, or anyone to buy the old 2060 Montgomery location that would allow business to continue there. After nearly 10 years of working there(now 24), I was not a rich man. I decided that there was no way I could allow TobyCorp to die. I came up with every penny I could, (borrowed or otherwise) and came up with a purchase proposition for Toby. None of the situation was ideal, but we reached terms, and I picked up the pieces that were left and we spent several months getting things ready for a move (the building was sold and needed to be vacated by August 2012).

    We got very lucky that a good friend offered up a forklift, and ludicrous amounts of help with his trailer to move things to store in his shop of his until I could come up with a new location. Many thanks to Terry Pate for his continued investment in the survival of this dream! I set up shop in my garage, being able to produce our LOW SHERIFF enclosure was the only thing that really saved me. We had over 40 sheets of 5/8 MDF when we realized that we had to move, so I decided to cut them all into parts for low sheriffs and box it up for production wherever that would be (Otherwise, this would have been around 5000 lbs of wood to store and move in the meantime). In September 2012 I was able to work out a deal with the owner of our new shop at 6522 Midway Rd on the East Side of Fort Worth (technically Haltom City) and moved in to begin the long setup process, recreating all the Demonstration areas as well as production space. I was able to share much of the new location and setup with Toby through pictures, although he never was able to make it by the new shop. Much of what I have done for nearly half of my life is due to the amazing friendship I had with Toby. My apologies for going off on a bit of tangent, but it's a bit easier to write about when viewing through the good memories we shared. We will continue to do everything in our power to keep the dream alive, to keep pursuing better and more enjoyable reproduction of sound. Thank you my friend. 

Till we meet again, 

True

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Date added: 03/01/2013 New Tobyspeakers.com Launched!

Our site has been through a major design update phase during the past year, with the first set of changes now appearing online for public use. Thank you for coming by, and look forward to many more features and pages becoming available soon. 

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Date added: 03/01/2013 Company Changes

"Toby Corp. of America" is now simply "Toby Speakers"

Short Version: Toby is now retired. I (True Taylor) after having been able to work with/for him for over 9 years have now purchased the business. Since Toby and Blocker Ind (next door neighbors sharing the building) jointly owned the property on Montgomery, it has now been sold off and was too rich for my blood. I have since relocated everything to our new address in Haltom City, and am in the process of restarting production and setting the whole thing back up. 


Toby is not as bad off as he was when he actually went home (in Late June) after a medication change he's in much better spirits. I look forward to continuing his legacy of creating legendary speaker systems and supporting them with every bit of my ability. He was a great person to work with, and a genius in the industry. 

Looking toward the future, expect to see a lot more about little 'ol Toby Speakers. We are currently looking into increasing the accuracy /quality of production as well as volume with some new tools soon (think computer controlled!). We will still hand build everything we possibly can, and produce increasingly high quality enclosures and systems. I am proud to be a part of such a great movement... Toward the ultimate goal of making peoples audio experiences more enjoyable. We are fully moved IN to the new location, and open to the public for general sales, but we ARE still setting up various tools/equip/demos as we just started the setup mid November. 

Home theater demo is fully functional
Hi-fi demo is set up 
Car subwoofer demo is functional
We can demo some car subwoofers in car for a better representation of results 
We are also happy to (if there is already an amp installed) let customers "Try before they buy" in their own car

I appreciate the continued support of all our old customers. Even though we are now a completely new entity, I am proud to do everything I can to support our old product and still accept trade-in's of basically any old Toby system on new product. Please contact me if you have any problems with older setups. Thanks!

 

True Taylor - Owner of Toby Speakers

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