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avoiding unease

Jeff Dorgay had a couple of comments that interested me. One was "you can enjoy music on an iPod Nano, a million dollar system, or anywhere in between," and the other was "finally have the system I want." In other words, opposed to point #1 in the unease article, there can be an end point to assembling a system.

Reviewer Art Dudley, writing for Hi-Fi Heretic, wrote, "the purpose of a hi-fi is to play your records with an acceptable degree of fidelity, and thus bring music into your home." I became a fan of Linn in the mid-'80's, particularly due to their emphasis on listening for musical values rather than hi-fi artifacts and the acknowledgement that different people will have differing levels of musical expectation from their systems. Living with a system that doesn't meet your expectations won't let you get full value out of your music collection, but if a modest system allows you to thoroughly enjoy your records, then spending more is a waste of money.

My local dealer, through a series of in-store and in-home demonstrations, helped me determine what level of playback equipment it would take to satisfy my expectations. Then he outlined a purchasing plan that let me get a system into my home immediately and provided for cost-effective trade-ins to let me build my system over time with minimal loss. It took me three years, but I ended up with a system that made me happy for almost 20 years (when components began to fail from age and use). There's no need for audiophile unease when you've been able to hear in advance what it takes to satisfy you.

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