Magicians practice the art of misdirection. Stereo systems perform three-dimensional miracles. Make your speakers disappear. Float voices in space. Create depth, height, and width from two boxes.
It seems like nothing short of a miracle when you step back to marvel at what a great high-end audio system brings into your home. Into your life. Into the world.
No other device I can think of has the power of illusion to craft a fleeting moment in space. Bring a concert back to life. Recreate a soundstage. Enjoy a performance from years past.
Our systems are magic if for a brief moment we can close our eyes and ignore all the technical contrivances needed to bring life to music.
Today I am not going to think about equipment. Only the magic they bring at a touch of a button.