Some Fine Tunes
I remember predicting, or at least hoping, that the often overpriced, unreliable, poorly packaged, but wonderful-sounding equipment of the early 1980s and beyond would exert enough of a positive influence on the rank and file among subsequent generations of engineers that truly good performance would someday be commonplace in products that would also be fairly priced, reliable, and cleverly packaged which is to say, products that average people could not only obtain but that they might actually want to obtain. The Arcam Solo is among the first significant steps along that road. Strongly recommended.
Art is such a good writer.
And, of course, the Arcam Solo, being just one pretty silver box, has just one simple power cord. That's nice, too. Because I still need those other sockets in my powerstrip to connect my television and DVD player, you know?
But what happens if, instead of sticking with the Solo and its very relative, very slight shortcomings, you decide to move on up to the East Side, on your way, albeit slowly, to that deluxe apartment in the sky-y-y?
And then: What if you decide to take it all one small step further, and, perhaps too quickly, decide to jump into bed with a tube amp? A hybrid, to be exact, but tubed, nonetheless? Then what?
Well, then, Jonathan Scull might just tell you that you need to protect yourself. Jonathan Scull might just tell you that some Fine Tunes are in order.