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All Systems Go

Bird and Diz. Metheny and Mehldau. Bix and Tram. Miles and his million partners. What do these teams connote? Well, at least on the stand, they connote synergy: a magical musical melding that always produces more energy, more excitement than the sum of the individual parts. Like bleu cheese and bacon. Red beans and rice. Brunello and Pecorino di Pienza.

In audio, the English were onto the wisdom of component synergy long ago: Leak components always worked better together than when matched with competing brands. Then the high priest of modern British high-end, Ivan Tiefenbrun, creator of the legendary Linn LP12 turntable, revitalized the concept in the 1970s promoting the Linn system approach to audio, beginning with his ‘table and ending with Linn speakers. How could it get any better than that?

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