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AudioFiles: Micro Machines

How to get great sound in today’s shrinking living spaces

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For many complex reasons, folks in densely populated cities are living in increasingly small quarters. In New York, for example, the “micro-apartment” has been presented as a possible solution to the city’s affordable housing crisis-though monthly rents still inspire gasps from many non-New Yorkers.

One result of this shift is people trying to exist with as little “stuff” as possible. But music lovers can’t pursue their passion without stuff-specifically, speakers and other audio components. Unless you’re happy with headphones, or willing to settle for the so-so sound of a small wireless speaker, you need a real stereo system of some sort to play your music. Fortunately, the audio industry offers a wide range of products that give you genuine audiophile-grade sound but fit easily into a 350-square-foot apartment-or into an office, dorm room or bedroom.

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