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    Think we all had this moment at one time or another in our own quest for the Holy Grail! I thought his wife's comments and how music brought the family together were fascinating!

    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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    It's a nice story, typical in some ways, but individual for everyone, I think. I guess the thing that surprised me was that the more senior gent in the shop demo room where they were chatting-who I assumed was the dealer--said he had his first epiphany about the magic of reproduced sound in the '80s--that made me feel old.
    I do think you never stop learning, and you never stop marveling at what's in those tracks. Some of it is timeless, musically, but I find myself discovering different things 'hook' me now- and I can't really put my finger on it- it's not genre related, nor even production/reproduction quality. Part of it, too, is mood, don't you think? There are times when I'm not able to engage with a soft, slow unwinding of a long form composition- I want something dramatic, that delivers a punchline --that tension and resolution of tension--sooner than later. Other times, I can be very immersed in some piece of music that is very mellow, long form, a gradual unfolding- my wife will occasionally say, "I can't believe you are listening to that."
    Later in the piece--where the "audiophile" is explaining his rationale for upgrading and the filmmaker intercuts with the wife's reactions-- is pretty predictable, at least on the audiophile's side (oh, it has the same footprint as the old speaker, but it has the quartz beryllium tweeter). Other than the fact that it was a commercial for Wilson--which I don't necessarily have a problem with- they seem like a nice family. Having said that, if children that age were anywhere near my turntable, I think I'd stroke out.

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      Originally posted by Bill Hart View Post
      It's a nice story, typical in some ways, but individual for everyone, I think. I guess the thing that surprised me was that the more senior gent in the shop demo room where they were chatting-who I assumed was the dealer--said he had his first epiphany about the magic of reproduced sound in the '80s--that made me feel old.
      I do think you never stop learning, and you never stop marveling at what's in those tracks. Some of it is timeless, musically, but I find myself discovering different things 'hook' me now- and I can't really put my finger on it- it's not genre related, nor even production/reproduction quality. Part of it, too, is mood, don't you think? There are times when I'm not able to engage with a soft, slow unwinding of a long form composition- I want something dramatic, that delivers a punchline --that tension and resolution of tension--sooner than later. Other times, I can be very immersed in some piece of music that is very mellow, long form, a gradual unfolding- my wife will occasionally say, "I can't believe you are listening to that."
      Later in the piece--where the "audiophile" is explaining his rationale for upgrading and the filmmaker intercuts with the wife's reactions-- is pretty predictable, at least on the audiophile's side (oh, it has the same footprint as the old speaker, but it has the quartz beryllium tweeter). Other than the fact that it was a commercial for Wilson--which I don't necessarily have a problem with- they seem like a nice family. Having said that, if children that age were anywhere near my turntable, I think I'd stroke out.
      Couldn't have said it better myself if I tried!!

      There's always something to be learned audio- or music-wise.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
      -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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