As I grow older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to appreciate why facets of time never ceased to intrigue countless philosophers and writers. How did 2013 pass? My perception varies even as I start to think about it. Personally 2013 was a very full year; audio-wise much less so. Briefly:
Most Notable Event of the Year:
- My acquisition of the Pioneer/TAD TD-3401. After the preliminary report I had the opportunity to listen to it a little more on two occasions. Every time I marveled at the presence, speed and power they deliver. They simply cannot be ignored! My jazz-fanatic friend Andrew came by one day and was smitten by it.
- Micromega MyDAC This small DAC delivers truly high-end sound. No wonder it received so many accolades. I'd also watch out for the rest of the My components. I think I am going to buy too the phonoamp MyGroov. Watch this space.
- Dayton Audio B652 Not perfect, but quite amazing for the price.Its vitality shames many high-end products.
- Nagra BPS and iFi iPhono For the price, the exceptionally quiet iPhono is surprisingly versatile, and deserves a Best Buy rating in an instant. The much more expensive Nagra BPS does not appear so at first glance, but its exceptional sound and built quality more than qualifies.