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In the Thread: My today’s views on LP culture and my audio habits.
Post Subject: Bang for the Buck (it's not about the money)Posted by Paul S on: 8/19/2008
I have mentioned more than once, and I think it should be obvious to fellow tweaks, that I instituted a sort of cost/benefit "go/no-go" policy some time back.  Oddly enough, the ML2s fit comfortably within my parameters, as do the "value" pieces I've picked up and modified over the last couple of years.  So, why don't I enjoy my swell system more?  Is it because I've cut all those corners?

I have to say, again, that the Biggest Spoilers (BS) for me are bad electricity and program material, and not necessarily in that order.

The bad electricity is so relentless that when it suddenly turns good I am often taken by surprise to catch myself sunk into music I had been +/- distancing myself from earlier.

As for program material, what are you gonna do?

One weird (and very cool) thing has been the "car experiences", especially with the live FM broadcasts, where I find myself feeling just like I do when I'm in the live audience.  Yes, I occasionally get this with CDs or LPs, too, but the element of surprise is almost never as great in those cases, and the sense of "extension" one gets from an audience is almost never there.  Sure, I've heard most of my records before, and I realize this contributes to the situation; but maybe the element of spontaneity is also lessened because the Sound itself is almost always more of a factor with CD and LP.

Tuners have definitely become the component-du-jour.

Best regards,
Paul S

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