Other than the SOUND, what do you love the most?

High end audio components, to me, are a bit like sports cars.

As enthusiasts, we tend to focus on performance and thrill first and foremost to the audio equivalents of acceleration, speed and handling.

Still, there are other, more elusive, qualities that really make someone fall in love with their cars and reduce grown men to tears when they sell them -- the color, the design, the interior, the smell of Connelly leather and wool carpets, the specific rumble of the engine and exhaust, the shape of the tail lights, the feel of the steering wheel and transmission.

With that in mind, think back and reflect on components you have really loved - the ones that made you weak at the knees to see them, happy to turn them on, gaze at them before, during or after the music stopped and depressed if you made the mistake of selling them...

What were your favourites?
Can you identify any qualities that gave you this feeling?
The weight and consistency of the controls? Or the case?
The color or shape of the lights?

For me, a few things come to mind:

...the fabric, oak strips and exotic look of my first Magneplanar MG-1Bs....

.....the intricacy and silky movement of an SME III tonearm with pulley and "fluid damping" system...

...the sleek anondized aluminum chassis, gyroscopic feel to the tuning knob and the 2001 space age red LED digital read out of a Yamaha T-2 tuner....

Good sound aside, what components have you loved the most and why?


Another memory of a hypnotic component...I will never forget my Pioneer CTF-900 cassette deck, circa 1979, received from "Santa" for my 15th Christmas.

At that time, the Pioneer tape machines were very heavy, and well made.

And in contrast to the traditional VU meters of the time, the deck had bright blue LEDs, a blue, digital tape counter and other tiny lights on the solenoid controlled transport buttons.

It made a pretty good tape, but it was even better as a night light - just wonderful.
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Agree with you on the Maggies, I too owned the MG1c and they were truly amazing piece of kit and my first introduction in my own home to the sound of Maggies.
the smell of my Polk SDA 2B speakers my first decent speaker purchase the smell lasted for years wonder how?