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I was casually into audio back in the late 1920's to early 80's. My best components were a pair of Cizek Model 1's and NAD 3020 amp. I have about five and a half feet of LPs from that era. In the mid 1980's I added a CD player but my opportunities to listen were few, and my setup was un-setup. I accumulated some CDs over the years, but all I had to listen on was my Cambridge Soundworks computer speakers. Which is to say, I didn't really listen at all.

Circumstances changed, and mid 2018 I decided to start over with a new stereo. Of course I was starting over from scratch, with the whole digital world new to me. I read a lot, picked some modest components, and found that a good dealer within half an hour carried both. So I appeared in their shop one day, told them what I was interested in, and they set that combination up for me. At the end of a piece I was VERY familiar with, all I could say was "I've never heard it like THAT before!"

A few weeks later I ordered the amp I had listened to, and a couple of months later the speakers. I set them up the best I could using Jim Smith's book and DVDs, but I am afraid I don't have the listening experience to make the most of it. My ears are not golden, not near it. And my room is... problematic. Still, there are times it sounds great to me.

So what did I buy? A NAD Master Series M32 DirectDigital Amplifier with the MDC BluOS module. A pair of Magneplanar 1.7i speakers. My old turntable, which sat untouched for 30+ years, has not been connected. My CDs were all ripped to FLAC and are shared from my desktop computer's SSD drive. Wired ethernet connects it together, and I control it with an iPad and the BluOS app. My ISP provides 250+ Mbps internet speed, and TIDAL HiFi is my primary music source besides my FLAC rips.

What is missing? A CD player. My ancient one has no digital out. Since any CD I buy will be ripped to FLAC I would only need one to play disks others might bring over. And no turntable. My old Yamaha was nothing special when it was new around 1980, and I don't suppose sitting for 30+ years has helped it any. When I contemplate buying, oh maybe a Rega, Pro-Ject or even PolyTable, the prospect of cleaning all those disks daunts me. And if I have more than two LPs worth anything that aren't available on TIDAL I haven't found them yet.
Connecticut, USA


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