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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

I now suspect the fortepiano is not easy to reproduce well

I completely understand where you are coming from and would have agreed with you previously. I would not have changed my mind had I only been exposed to its sound on a good, rather than excepional, system.

And I'm still surprised at the difference in audio quality from the two systems here, and it is due to the DAC/amp, not the headphones.

On the top system the notes on the fortepiano sound more precise than with the regular piano and, to me, do give new insight into the music. Please note I'm not saying I prefer one to the other but the differences have been more "chalk and cheese" than expected. And Chris, please repeat your feelings on the fortepiano as I have missed those past comments.

And, BTW, I also love harpsichord music but have found its reproduction is not straightforward either and can be messed up by average electronics.

So I must confess that the quality of music reproduction is a very important aspect of my music enjoyment so few historical recordings are enjoyable althought the talent of Callas is an exception. From this viewpoint assembling a top system can be a curse as it detracts enjoyment from lesser systems, something I appreciate is of less concern to trained musicians who can "see through" the audio.
What can be more subjective than music? It reflects our individual tastes, says he enjoying many thousand albums on a Roon music Server.


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