I was largely inspired by classical music at a young age, listening to recordings on my 1970's era stereo system. I have always been intrigued by the differences in sound and tonal accuracy of various audio and hi-fi systems, and believe the artist is best served by an audio system capable of distinguishing these details. A pure analog recording, in my opinion, is much better at capturing the tone of Fritz Kreisler's violin than a digital re-issue. Similarly, a good single-ended tube amplifier, when matched with appropriate speakers can bring the listener that much closer to the thrill of a live performance. I would think that a better 2-channel home audio setup would inspire more would-be musicians to develop their talent. It need not be expensive, as many of the very affordable chip-based amps (Trends 10.1) are astonishingly good, and within the financial reach of many. The difficulty lies in convincing others about the merits of a simple audio system in today's multi-speaker home-theater centered world.
It's true that we can all be moved by a performance on a cheap car radio while road noise and distractions abound, and a compressed MP3 file is great to accompany our daily activities, but ultimately we cannot truly grasp the significance of a great work of music unless we pay complete attention to the music and its meaning. This holds especially true for complex works where dynamic contrasts and interesting tone clusters would get lost in a "busy" world of high-tech distraction and background noise.
The technology should serve the art, and present the meaning to the observer in the most direct way possible, without "lossy" compression schemes and detail-robbing equalizers. The great composers and performers deserve at least this much!
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