After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley
Every once is a while music stops me in my tracks. It’s not any particular piece of music every time and it doesn’t happen as often as I would like it to, but it happens. When it does happen it’s amazing! It could be Layla by Derek and the Dominoes (not the lame, unplugged version by Eric Clapton) or it could be Pachelbel’s Canon. It could be Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin or Ave Maria by Katherine Jenkins.
When it happens, though, there is usually one common factor. It’s usually on a great sound system. I remember when I was in college and working at a boutique audio shop in Edmonton. I was walking across the sales floor and I heard the Canon for the first time. Someone had put on the album in one of the sound rooms and it was playing through a set of Infinity RS 1s driven with Carver Cube amps. Took my breath away.
They say an alcoholic always remembers his first drink. I don’t know what it says about me that I remember my first real High Fidelity Music experience. There was a little boutique shop in a mall outside of Woolco when I was in High School (now that dates me right there) and the salesman invited me in to hear Supertramp’s “School” from their seminal album, Crime of the Century through a pair of MagnaPan speakers played on an Oracle turntable. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Great music, and even not so great music, played on a great sound system can be a transformational experience. If you have never had the privilege of hearing a favorite piece of music on a real high performance system, find a way to do it. Heck, give us a call and bring it down to the store and we’ll play it for you. It might just change the way you experience music…and even life.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
- Victor Hugo
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