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Hand-Cooked Audio

Remember the old-fashioned burger? Patty thick and slightly charred, dripping with juice and the whole hard-to-hold bundle bursting with flavor. There was artistry and human expression in that food, evidencing a concern for quality; it was obvious there was a talented human being in the kitchen-the wizard behind the curtain. But today, most of the billions of burgers consumed in this country are mass-produced by anonymous drones-glitzy burgers oozing with mediocrity and sameness.

What does this have to do with sound equipment? Well, analogous to the resurgence of chef-run restaurants featuring what many are calling “slow food,” the hi-fi world has, for the last 30 years or so, been increasingly populated by creative entrepreneurial designers cooking up some ground-breaking, mean-sounding, juicy equipment, bursting with subtle nuances and plenty of human expression.

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