I was out on my push bike ride, a good time for the mind to wander, and I started to think about all of those times in my HiFi life when I was surprised; when I challenged my prejudices and ended up with a better system
Here are a few from my history:
CD - I stuck with LPs for years, digital was nasty - until I found that I couldn’t afford the LP front end that could keep up with the rapid improvements in CD
Interconnects - Wire?! Couldn’t possibly make a difference - until I stumped up GBP80.00 (a lot of money for me back in the '80s) on a pair of Chords, sale or return - I didn’t return them
PC audio - far too noisy for audio - until I found my PC was actually better than my Mark Levinson Reference Transport/DAC - and I sold it
Room Correction - all that messing with the signal, can only make it sound distorted, unnatural - until I got my TacT 2.2x. Blimey!
Power cables - that is just insane - Oh…
Streaming - it’s simply not possible for it to sound as good as my local SSD - ah, wrong again
I lived and I’m learning - and it’s great!