Hello, I like the sense of passion the writer expressed in his opinion. As a 60 year old this year, my reading is from 1975, subscribing to Stereo Review, and then Sound and Vision. (They are different as night and day). In the last 6 years of Stereo Review, their observation was and I'll paraphrase " Its the Speakers Stupid".
My first speakers were JBL 150's. In 1986 I found in the Trade N Times A pair of 1972 KlipschHorn Corner Speakers, And one Crown Speaker for the center channel. The most efficient speakers ever built. But the sound. I heard my favorite rock instruments, the Piano and Horn sections. The Klipsch sound delivered these to perfection.
The EFT's Transistors made all amps equal. The wow and flutter and S/N ratio were common among all price ranges. If you ever looked behind your gold plated RCA conections you will see really skimpy looking wires fed to a board with the same solder used everywhere.
Just find the sound you like (the speakers are the analog part that you hear). Manufactures have come a long way. Klipsch created Tritrax Horns for the Hi's and Mids to give some vertical lift. I moved to a smaller listening space and I bought the 5.1 system with the 2400 Watt dual 15 inch powered Subwoofer, Wow. I still have the 1972 Vintage but they need elbow room, the smaller room resonance (again Analog) was awful. The replacements matched my room size and my Listening prefrance (again Analog), to give me concert level LOUD and Clean! The corners were at 12 o'clock vol knob to be at concert level. 1:00 am with the 5.1 system!
My AV reciever is Pioneer VSX-D1S, Feature laden, and I use them. Elite Cassette deck with dolby S. I don't use anymore. A 3 cartriage Pioneer CD Changer. But it wont read my Home made CD's. So I bought an LG Multi format (DVD and VHS Recorder). My Computer does all the work now. I transfer VHS concerts I recorded. I use Nero for this, I then create MP3's from the DVD to put on a CD to listen to. The music I hear now for the first time is digitally fed thru a converter to analog speakers, If that's the song I like and buy it, why would I want to hear how it sounds on vinyl? Yeah I might like the differance but so what? I liked it on a substrate too!
I loved the warmth of tubes and vinyl. I love the inaudible distortion of the new. The DB's of seperation from left to right, the 100 db headroom, spaciousness between instruments. Thumb drive to load my car stereo Hard drive. HD Radio is fantastic, Life is good.