One of the more difficult choices when assembling a reference audio chain is answering the most basic of questions. What’s it for?
It’s rare we ask ourselves this basic question because few among us really think much beyond the desire to have great music in the home. And frankly, that’s just fine. Hi-Fi is a fun endeavor, not a life and death struggle.
Yet, if we find ourselves actually planning out our future direction for upgrades or beginning system building, it can sure make it easier if we have the time and patience to ask the right questions. If the system’s purpose is to extract every last ounce of information from the music, then our choices will move in one direction. If instead, we’re more interested in maximizing sonic excitement, we might take an entirely different course. And working towards perfection on both accounts yet another path.
Taking just a moment to ask yourself what’s it for, can often times save a whole bunch of time and money further down the line.
This April’s Chicago’s Axpona audio show seems far off in the future. Yet, we’re already planning for it. My wife, Terri, runs our shows and she’s already busy arranging all the necessary details. Thank goodness for her. If it were left up to me and the engineers it’d be a last-minute disaster.
Our big feature this year will be the production-ready model of the new loudspeaker, now officially christened the FR-30 (formerly the AN-3). For those attending the show, you will be able to see, hear and touch the 30s. This is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking in the same way new parents must feel when first showing off their newborns.
Of course, shows are a big distraction from our everyday tasks, yet we find them time well spent—not because we get the chance to strut our stuff, but because we get to come face-to-face with our community.
There are probably other means by which we could be amongst our extended Hi-Fi Family, but audio shows are among the best. I wish we had the bandwidth to attend more of them.
Consider this an early invitation to attend Chicago’s Axpona and say hi to the family.