The New Yorker Gives Audiophilia Some Love

Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
“Sweet system,” [Michael] Fremer muttered behind me. But then he grew dissatisfied with the cables running to the speakers—very expensive cables, made by Nordost—and he asked for a change. Jason Tavares, who runs Adirondack, plugged in a much less expensive pair, the Kimber Kable 12TC ($360), and damned if the sound wasn’t better—the bass lines clearer, the air around the solo instruments cleaner. “Case closed!” Fremer announced from behind my ear. “That ends that argument.”

Everything matters. The sound was better with different cables.

Arguments never end in hi-fi, they just end up being debated on the forums in perpetuity.

Exhibit B:

But all of this is possibly just the beginning of the MQA bounty. The major record labels have agreed to allow their master tapes to be re-coded. And the founders of MQA—don’t ask me to explain this—claim that the new codec could be applied to old recordings, which could then be streamed or downloaded to portable devices outfitted to receive MQA. In other words, not just great availability but extraordinary sound could be lodged in your hand.
As someone who keeps abreast of the debates surrounding cables, MQA, and just about everything in hi-fi, reading journalist and author David Denby's story is damn-near akin to reading a fairly tale.

Try it, you might like it.

"Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide"

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