One of my favorite moments of SSI 2010 came during Saturday afternoon's outstanding "Ask the Editors
" session, when a member of the audience asked the panel about audio nirvana
. What components or systems, if any, had helped us achieve that elusive, mythical state when everything is perfect and right? I sat up straight in my seat and buried my fingernails into the palms of my hands, anxious to offer a response. When my turn to answer came, I stuttered, overwhelmed by the moment, but I think I said enough to communicate the idea that audio nirvana is a fleeting target, one that depends more on the listener's mood and ability to be moved
and less on the system or individual components within any particular system.