If you know me in real life, you know I like vintage audio gear and good sound. Not just good sound, but sound that makes you go “holy @#$%” at its depth and warmth (I don’t need to blow you out of the room loudness wise – in fact, I find overly loud music distracting most of the time).
You get this sound with good equipment – there is no other way.
The best stuff, in many audiophile’s opinions (and mine), was made from 1970-1990. Big, beautiful, beastly, silver and black pieces. Made from real metal, with metal knobs and switches, companies like Pioneer, Denon, Sony, Kenwood, Sanyo, and others made some of the best stuff on earth. And of course, I’m leaving out two of the best – Marantz and McIntosh. Here’s two of mine – my new (to me) McIntosh C26 preamp, and my Marantz 2245 receiver (I’m using the receiver as just an amp.) I’m posting this pic because they look so pretty together. And they sound sublime.
I’m also posting it as a reminder that the best stuff isn’t always the newest, and it’s not always the cheapest. But good stuff is worth the $$, whether you’re buying audio equipment or hiring a writer. There, I tied audio to business – tax writeoff? 🙂
Note: I’ll be replacing the Marantz with a proper amp at some point.