When we're building a system it can often feel like a marriage.
We want our components to get along with each other but we also want to make sure their strengths and weaknesses are complementary.
If we lean too hard in any one direction the result often ends in divorce: we sell off the offending component and search for something a bit more agreeable.
Unlike a good marriage where partners are bound together for life, our stereo components can come and go like lovers. We hope for a great match but it's awfully hard to tell just from the romance of reviews.
Living together before getting married was once frowned upon, fortunately, when it comes to our components, the home audition is still a great idea.
Our quest for audio bliss is all about synergy—marrying together the components that make magic.