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Marantz SA-7S1 and Cary 306 Professional CD/SACD Players

I had just about given up on CDs. There were some recent changes to my digital playback system and CDs were sounding better than they ever had in my system. Even so, vinyl LP playback still made CDs seem like second class citizens. Sure they have a place in the audio landscape, but for enjoying music to the fullest, those old long-playing records provided far more accomplished and enjoyable listening experiences.

AQVOX Phono 2CI Mk. II Phono Preamplifier

The AQVOX Phono 2CI phono preamplifier is a surprise in a number of ways. I recall a lot of discussion about the high cost of “audio jewelry”. This cosmetic feature added elaborate front panels and other adornments to audio components that may have added some sonic benefit but certainly added significantly to the cost. In recent years, I am seeing less of this extravagance in high end components.

Nuforce Reference 9 V2 SE Power Amplifiers

I love music. I love not just listening to music, but the whole music experience because there are so many levels and “components” involved in the whole subject. From music composition, to playing instruments, to recording and production, and finally to playing music on component audio systems, the subject is vast, creative, and personal. There is some area for each and every person in which to participate.

Spread Spectrum Technologies Ampzilla 2000 Power Amplifier

Passion. Our hobby/interest/vocation is all about passion. There is a lot of passion in the high-end audio universe and James Bongiorno, the head of Spread Spectrum Technologies, has a consuming passion for his creations. He has been building and refining the Ampzilla amplifier concept since 1974 and holds a patent on the design. From his Web site:

Dali Euphonia RS3 Loudspeakers

What is the highest frequency you can hear? The common belief is that the range of human hearing is from 20 Hertz (cycles per second) to 20,000 Hz. Young people can often hear frequencies at or near 20 kHz, but as we age and our hearing is damaged by years of loud music, gunfire (hopefully from sporting arms), civilization, and possibly vocational noise, our hearing acuity decreases in the upper frequencies.

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Marantz MA-9S2 Reference Series Power Amplifiers

It is the holiday season and I am going to give you a present. This is the culmination of a long and winding and interesting and frustrating and expensive journey from that first audio component to hearing one that had me saying, “That’s the one!” It is the story of developing specific ideas about good sound reproduction, validating or replacing those concepts, and finding that some of these tenets no longer applied.

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