I get a lot of email requests for advice on what to buy, how to get more out of a system, or how to solve a problem. The conversation typically starts out with the desired end product.
"I was thinking about a new amplifier."
One of the first questions I ask is "what is it you're hoping for?"
"Better imaging. I can't seem to get the music detached from my speakers. I want that effortless 3-dimensional sound you always write about."
Turns out the person's amps are probably the least of their problems. Instead, I might recommend a new pair of speakers, or preamplifier, or even just setup.
The point is, knowing what it is you're hoping to achieve is a huge step forward in figuring out how you're going to get there.
It might seem obvious but you'd be surprised.
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