Originally Posted by selfdivider
AD is great. I love the fact that he's into DIY and tubes. I look forward to reading his column every month.
That's AD part 2...
I once picked up a Listener magazine - and loved it. I realized that AD might sound clueless even with his best attempt to explain what he feels
, but he's honest to his own truth
in audio, at least. That was AD that loves DIY SET amps and esoteric Lowthers. He still does.
Then came life after Listener, or should we say, life at Stereophile. This is just about 180 degrees shift, which AD somehow managed to keep at bay (maybe 90 degrees only?!). It's not the price range, but the taste. He reviewed $2K cartridges at Listener and loved them and a Linn Sondek ain't cheap either.
People change direction in life, but AD is more than a "people". He's at this time more of a cult leader
... Thorens TD-124 is a respectable turntable, which only 2-3 months ago sold around $500. Try to find one for a grand now and it's no picnic upgrading it according to AD's receipe. Then comes the PS...
The truth should be said that there are many decent sounding players out there and a select few which are truly superb
. The price difference between bad/good and superb in digital is staggering, considering the small differences you get with the majority of "upgrades" and for most playback systems that minute difference is not even noticeable. The weakest link
, you know...
I don't know how much old PS units will go up in price now, but it's interesting to see... One thing I can tell you. As much a bargain as it may be, there are much better CD players out there. A Revox B-225
may cost a few pennies more, but you truly will have a hard time telling between it and a dCS Verdi. I know, because I've held a few hours session of exactly that, and the owner bought a Revox in the end. No, he didn't sell the dCS...
But there were a few things the Revox did better than the dCS and that is a mighty compliment if you know what the dCS sounds like.
The message I'm trying to say (I'm starting to sound vague, but bear with me...) is that you should not hang on one notable reviewer esoteric weekend (metaphorically speaking...) experiment. Like any review, the gear may or may not do it for you and the only judge is you. Rather than jump, your first step should be to check the water level... It may or may not be to your liking...
As for AD, I still love his column...