Re: Sonic Satisfaction versus The Audio Quest
- Hi Michael, Yep. I agree. Throwing loys of money at the problem isn't
the best approach for sure. Small systems in small rooms can be quite
--- In email@example.com, Michael Young <myoung310@...>
> Jim, I've had much the same experience. A few years
> back, I spent the afternoon with an audiophile
> acquaintance who had something better than $60,000 in
> his main system and probably $20,000 in the old stuff
> that was still on his stereo rack. At the time, I was
> using an '80s Pioneer integrated, a pair of '60s
> vintage speakers I found on the street, a modest Rega
> P3 TT and a pretty basic CD player.
> Naturally, I was prepared for audio nirvana. Instead,
> I was pinned to the back of my seat as he showed what
> his system could do. OK, that's a momentary thing, I
> thought. But no, the volume dial never nudged from
> "11." The upper frequencies were super sharp and the
> bass so overwhelming my lungs vibrated. And in the
> end, I left thinking my little rig at home was
> actually more "musical."
> I've upgraded modestly over the last few years -- a
> better cartridge, new single-driver speakers (for
> $600), a cheap subwoofer that works just fine in my
> tiny room, and one of Gary Dodd's wonderful headphone
> amps that I couple with a pair of basic Grado 'phones.
> You know what? In my very small room, for my taste in
> music, the system sounds great.
> Do I ever envy those who can (and do) spend lavishly
> on their hobby? Well, sure. But I can't (or won't).
> Maybe I'm just too darn cheap. Or maybe I'm just content.
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