SRT: What Is Required For A Great Audio System

SRT: What Is Required For A Great Audio System

I can’t tell you what to buy. Even if I found the perfect component…well, what is “perfect”, anyway? Take an amplifier, for example. Let’s say that I thought that the Cary 300SEI amplifier was the absolute best amplifier on the planet. In my room and with my speakers, it just might be the best choice out of the hundreds of other amplifiers out there. But if I changed speakers, or installed my stereo system in a larger room, even those glorious 15 watts might not be enough. System matching, room considerations, and lastly but no less importantly, your personal listening tastes all play critical roles when assembling a great audio reproduction system.

The system is important because of the considerations of gain, impedance and synergy with other components. This synergy recognizes that no component is perfectly neutral in character, so for example, a bright or forward cartridge could be compensated for by using a mellow or soft sounding interconnect cable or phono preamp. The room (and speakers) will determine the amount of power your amplifier requires, in addition to the room’s “sound”. If it is hard walled without coverings or carpeting, the room might be bright and reverberant and suggest a softer sounding system. And your taste determines what sounds good to you. If you aren’t enjoying the sound from your system, it is irrelevant how good it may sound to anyone else.

System, Room, Taste. Happy listening!

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