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That's Not Weird

If one actually gets to live with this stuff, and evaluate it with her own terms, music, room, tastes, and habits, she can set aside the usual SA prejudices.

We found the CJ PF-1, PF-R, and Premier 18LS to offer not just an alternative to CJ's tube gear, but to the solid state competition. However, only the Sonogrpahe SC-26 had enough volume control range. You are correct; with regular gear, the PF-R (and PF-1 and Premier 18LS) had way too much gain (or not enough volume control range).

Audiophiles always ask the wrong question. They always ask me how the PF-R "sounded." No, the correct inquiry is, "How did the PF-R deviate from true invisibility/transparency?"

Unlike, oh, 85% of the competition, the PF-R did not interfere with the sources' energy, momentum, and propulsion. Alas, if we had downbeat or otherwise poor-sounding sources, that's what the PF-R revealed. But is that the PF-R's "fault?" Of course not.

I remember going over to an audiophile's house in the Oakland hills in the mid-90s. Instead of using $$$$ front ends, he switched between some modestly-priced JVC and Sony ES CD players, whose 2V outputs worked better than the usual high-end audio spread. Moreover, the lack of boom and bloat from the JVC and Sony players worked better and very well with the popular music we loved and still love.

The PF-R didn't do anything to hold back the fun of Ace Of Base's "Beautiful Life." At that point, the host's teenage daughter and her friends came in, and kicked us audiophiles out. Nah, that's a lie. "Beautiful Life" was what kicked off the party, which multiple generations could enjoy.

Looking back, that system could have been even better if we had (a) a Cable Cooker to treat the Kimber PBJ and 4TC; and (b) the Hi-Fi Tuning Silverstar fuses. So if Artemus can overcome the excessive gain, it's easy to see why he still has the PF-R.

Edits: 07/08/17 07/08/17

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