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rmeyer52
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This is what it's all about

As I started my climb into the world of hi-fi many doors opened along with many questions: What is the right price to spend? When should I upgrade? Should I spend big bucks on cables?

The opening editorial in this months issue did a lot to quantify "audiophile" and for sure it's very easy to get carried away and empty ones bank account in search of perfect sound reproduction but here is what I learned and feel;
It's the contentment of ones own system that makes for the "best" system. Let me explain...I have been pulling some old CD's from my library to listen to on my new system (Arcam Solo/Paradigm 100). This weekend I pulled a bunch of Impulse recordings featuring Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington. These recording made in the early 60's blew me away. I heard things that I never heard before and the artists sounded fresh and bright with the music warm and defining. When the excellence of recordings meets the excellence of the artist and you can truly appreciate the reproduction that is where you become an audiophile. I mean how many people really sit back and listen to a Madonna or Springsteen recording because of the sonics?

Like Erik said in response to one of my posts "it's being happy between the ears that counts". An audiophile can appreciate the art of the musician and the skill of the recording and has the equipment to appreciate both.

Maybe some day I will decide to upgrade my equipment but for now I am having too damn much fun appreciating the art created by Coleman, Duke and Ben and thanking God that people like Rudy Van Gelder were able to capture these moments in time that add to the enjoyment of hi-fi.

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Re: This is what it's all about

Right on!

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Re: This is what it's all about

And the best part is, you'll still be doing that years from now. I spent the last two hours before reading your post listening to two new records that arrived today - Count Basie and the Kansas City Seven (Rudy Van Gelder 1962) and Basie Jam (Analogue Productions 45 1973). They're both vinyl, and your current system would need an analogue front end to enjoy them to the fullest, but it's the music and the musicians that make your feet tap.

In another post, you raised questions about vinyl. If you'd been here to hear these two recordings, you'd have gone straight to your dealer for TT, Cart, and all the other goodies you'll need to take that intimate vinyl sound home.

Time enough for that later. Hell, I've been at it longer, I suspect, than you've been alive. Happy Listening!

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Re: This is what it's all about

But, but, bu...the MKII Special Edition is supposed to be even better...

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Re: This is what it's all about

The Hokey Pokey. That's what it's all about.

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I mean how many people really sit back and listen to a Madonna or Springsteen recording because of the sonics?

I only listen to trance music because of the better sonics. Bass transients in multiple layers demands a lot from the system...

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