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The Golden Rule of Hi-Fi

Here at Bay Bloor Radio, we often get asked about what the best system is. It’s a difficult question to answer for a number of reasons, with the most important being a customer’s own attitude and preference regarding audio.

Simply put, there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. Even if you try and approach the situation based on technical specifications, you might be surprised at the difference between systems that are similar numerically. The perception within the industry finds it acceptable to boil down a personal, sensory experience into emotionless data.

So what’s the golden rule? Listen.

That’s it. It’s quite simple. Have faith in yourself to make the right call on what you want to take home. After all, it is your ears that will reap the reward of your purchase – why not trust them to help you in your decision? And you don’t have to know about what makes good sound anymore than you have to know what makes good ice cream. It would be absurd for me to tell you that mint-chocolate chip is really THE best flavour ever made, or that Haagen-Dazs is the best brand to buy.

You don’t have to be a food critic to appreciate good food. And you don’t have to be an audiophile to appreciate great sound.

Some people prefer a very accurate, revealing system that doesn’t colour the original recording. Some prioritize low distortion. Some people tend to like nuanced systems. Some don’t want a subwoofer, while some must absolutely have one. Until you experience the difference, how will you know what you prefer?

Pay us a visit, and hear the difference a demonstration can make. Tell us whatever relevant information you have, and allow yourself to test drive a few systems before honing in on the best contender. This will be the difference between being told that you are getting a great system, and knowing that your new system is great.

The author, Phil Skladowski, is a local musician and one of Bay Bloor Radio's tech specialists.

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