bhoyo's recent "Classic systems of the past" thread started me thinking about some of the various pieces of audio gear that I've owned over the years on my never ending quest for the ultimate in home audio playback.
During that span many of those pieces of equipment did their job quite well and then were quietly replaced with something better and often quickly forgotten. But every so often a piece of equipment would pass through my system and leave a mark not so quickly forgotten. Yes, they may have been replaced with something bigger and better but still there was just this magical quality to them that made them extra special and quite memorable.
Here's one example. My first true high end speakers were a pair of DCM Time Windows. The Time Windows replaced these monsterous Pioneer bookshelf speakers which had about 5 drivers, including a 12" or 15" woofer. The Time Windows, bless their little hearts, had a pair of 6" midrange/bass drivers each and were ported. What they lacked in bass output they more then made up for with their clarity and detail.
However what really made the Time Windows magical was their uncanny ability to reproduce classical guitar. During the time I owned them I became a major classical guitar fan and remain one to this day. Yet I've never heard any speakers make the classical guitar sound as good as on those Time Windows.
Have you encountered any magical components on your journey?