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Re: Sonic Satisfaction versus The Audio Quest

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  • jim@fmtunerinfo.com
    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 satisfying. jim...
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 8, 2006
      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
      satisfying. jim...
      --- In dallasaudioclub@yahoogroups.com, Michael Young <myoung310@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > 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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