Sweet and fine. Pure and simple and sublime.
“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth.” It may seem a stretch to apply an ecclesiastical quotation from the 15th century to the world of home entertainment and hi-fi, but bear with me. I’m going to give it a go. Purity of purpose has long been a hi-fi Holy Grail. Make a product’s functions few, and let it do them without interference. A high-end CD player (for example) may put power supply, disc transport and digital-to-analogue conversion in separate boxes. That’s hardly the last word in convenience, though, and the six-way test of great new stereo amps
(p40) proves the point: products like this used to amplify and have volume control. Then headphone outputs crept in. And now some brands won’t come to market without a hi-res DAC and Bluetooth wireless connectivity strapped on. It all depends on your priorities. I’d sooner sacrifice functions before performance, but you may feel differently. Either way, we can help you achieve audio transcendence.