Urban Legends

There’s are more urban legends surrounding the Hill Plasmatronics 1A than most any other speaker.  Perhaps this is a result of so many wanting to hear a pair, but so few actually having the opportunity to do so.

Perhaps it’s time we some of the “legends” to rest.

 

 

“The Ozone Generator”

False. “I was a dealer for Plasmatronics and have heard many wild tales about this speaker. First. It was not a health hazard. The odors produced by the arc were not ozone which I was told was not produced in quantities large enough to be harmful, said Dr. Hill, but was mentioned by jealous competitors to restrict sales of this speaker by making it appear as producing unhealthful gas.

I listened to them for over four years and suffered no ill effects. They did produce an odor, but it was not ozone. My demo room was not well ventilated and I can assure you that a man of Dr. Hill’s integrity would go broke rather than market a speaker dangerous to a person’s health!

You can bank on the word of Dr. Hill and my experience over several years as a reference to their safety. I have never seen a testimony or legitimate fact sheet which proved they were unhealthful. Some competitors and critics were simply uptight about the Hill accomplishment and resorted to untruths to defeat sales of this radical but ingenious design.” – Carl Miller

“That’s correct, virtually no ozone.  Now here’s an example of something that made lots of ozone…” - Nelson Pass 

 

It never went into production…

False.  According to one who was there, 52 pairs were built in total.   Four
pairs were packed off to a disco in Singapore.  Many of the others
were sent to California, Chicago, White Plains, and Coral Gables.

Alan Hill always said most speakers were shipped overseas. At one time there
were at least 14 pairs in the US.  Thirty years on, who knows?

But we know of at least five sets still running in the USA!

“I owned 2 pairs, and one of my business partners had a third pair”- Nelson Pass

 

4 Responses to Urban Legends

  1. Patric Nugent says:

    Hello all,

    I’m in the market to a pair of Hills. Maybe someone out there can help?
    I would like them to be functional.

    Thanks in advance,

    Patrick

    • DONNYGILLUM says:

      I HAVE A MATCHING FUNCTIONAL SET OF HILL PLASMATRONICS TYPE 1 NUMBERS 70A AND 70B OBVIOULSY THERE WERE ATLEAST 70 PAIRS MADE SO THE PREVIOUSE ASSUMPTION OF 53 IS INCORRECT I WOULD LIKE TO SELL THEM THEY ARE IN PERFECT WORKING CONDITION JUST NO SUB CABINET THAT HELD THE HELIUM TANKS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART I HAVE THE ACTUAL CROSSOVER AND PLASMA BURNERS I AM OPEN TO OFFERS PLEASE CONTACT ME AT 702 324 1533

  2. Park says:

    One pair made it to a stereo store in Dallas run by a friend. When the store closed he moved back to Austin, needed a place to stay, and traded me out the Hills for rent. I had the Hills for 15 years and have many stories about the reaction of people to them the first time they experienced them.
    Finally they were just too much for my wife and I sold them to a man in Montreal.
    I always think how lucky I was that I was offered and accepted my friend’s deal on the speakers as the experience was priceless. I don’t miss lugging the helium tanks around though.

    • scratch17 says:

      I worked at Audiovision in Dallas in 1979. Thanks to Todd, Guy and Donna I got the chance to listen regularly to the Hills at work. I guess you were the lucky person who got that pair.

      I had a chance to demo the Hills for my mother. I sat her down in the sweet spot and asked her to shut her eyes. I put a direct to disc recording of a solo contra basso vocalist on the turn table. My mom jumped out of the chair looking around for the opera singer in the room.

      The Hills are the only speakers I’ve heard that really approached the sound of a live human singer.

      Steven Kastner

Leave a Reply