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Shout It Out Loud: Digital Amps

When Miles Davis went electric in the late 1960s he caused quite a stir, to say the least, alienating old fans along the way because they were unable to share his vision of the future. His sin? He chose to place a proven musical-instrument technology into a context where a certain purity, assumed of only acoustic instruments, was the norm, and his foray into this new territory for jazz players made sparks fly-literally and figuratively.

We are at a similar juncture in audio, though the coming revolution is happening unbeknownst to most of us. Actually, the revolution started some time ago with the advent of CDs. The current skirmish is just one of the final fronts in the invasion of binary devices. Get ready: we are entering the age of digital amplification, to the abject horror of many audio purists.

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