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Casting a Net on the Net

I get several e-mails each month from readers seeking help with selecting just the right gear, some assembling a full system and others simply wanting … Read More "Casting a Net on the Net"

I get several e-mails each month from readers seeking help with selecting just the right gear, some assembling a full system and others simply wanting to replace an old component or two. (Please feel free to send in your questions to the email address at the end of this column.) Because much of the equipment we discuss each month is produced by smaller, often artisan manufacturers, it is not always easy to come by, even in well-stocked local brick-and-mortar audio/video dealers, so how difficult it is for those not living in a major metropolitan area to locate this stuff.

For example, a JT reader recently asked for speaker recommendations, based largely on something I’d written several months ago. But he happens to live in rural Virginia, in a town with a paucity of audio salons. Even the closest large city, three long hours away, offered very little in the way of choice. Needless to say, his shopping experience was extremely frustrating since he had no opportunities, convenient or otherwise, to audition 90 percent of the speakers I thought would fit his needs and budget. He eventually found a satisfactory pair of loudspeakers that are making some great music in his living room, but only after several months of research, road trips and consternation.

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