Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
I like a good system, but I think it gets crazy sometimes when the playback system is "higher quality" than the system used to record the sounds. Then the media is also a problem... The output can only be as good as the data on the CD or what have you.
Agreed, but the most obvious deficencies are revealed in the preamp, amp and speaker end of things.
True story - when I first hooked up my turntable to this new system, I wanted to see if it was working. Before even trying an LP, I turned up the volume to listent for the usual hum & hiss that was so familiar on every piece of gear I'd ever owned. It wasn't there. I turned the volume up to 100%, and nothing, just absolute quiet. I touched the stylus, and the whole house shook! That's when I knew I had moved up a few levels in my audio experience!