The problem is that this is all in abstract. I'd love to have Matthew round and see if he finds my setup as deficient as he describes others and if he does to try to understand why.
I can fully relate to what Matthewpiano is saying. And I agree with everything he's said. Some hi-fi systems get closer to the magic of a live event than others. A lot closer.
It's the naturalness in the midrange. The bass impact. Bass tightness. Treble smoothness combined with bite. Clarity. Low level detail. Generous listening volumes. Sharp-edged transients. Unforced dynamic ease that elevates a system from sounding like a hi-fi to sounding vaguely like a live event. The ability for the system to play the musical perfomance how it actually sounds and not how the system wants to sound.
Sounds remarkably like a good active system to me.......
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
A good system, is a good system....whether Assive or Pactive!
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Gotta admit, that's exactly what I thought when I read that.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
However in the context of mathews restricted budget (he has no money because he spends it all on old hi-fi junk....... ) it is, in my experience, much easier and less expensive to get beyond the unsatisfying sound of most budget systems by going active rather than by simply buying better passive components.
This is not to suggest that active systems are better than passive systems in all respects but simply an observation that, whatever faults the active system does have, it is not the same fault that passive systems have at the budget level.
Ha ha, nothing junk about Sansui.
Pro-ject Genie RPM1.3/Ortofon 2M Red with cork mat (Soon) - Graham Slee 'The Bridge' Phono Stage - Pioneer A-30 - Dali Zensor 3. (+ Denon DCD720AE for CDs)
Sansui is the Japenese word for junk...didn't you know?
I've been down the road of the '70s vintage gear and was never totally satisfied with the sound. But to save money I've been completely satisfied with the sound of gear from the '90s. Seems like there is plenty of good amp and cdp design from the '90s and forward. My 2¢
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