So today it came. I have have been waiting for almost 3 months now. I have researched and read reviews and user comments. I have talked to people in to the so called “hi-end” and made sense of it all. I am finally in the game of a hi end integrated amplifier. I went with the Musical Fidelity A3. This lil’ puppy gives me well over 100 watts @ 6 Ohms of pure British (known for it’s tube-like sound) power. There are no tone controls or balance knobs (left/right) which means a shorter, cleaner and more precise channel path. I have set up my EQ/Spectrum Analyser to this puppy, but keep it out of the sound loop as I really don’t even need to tweek the sound. I am not even using my tube pre’s for my CD player as the sound is already so incredibly warm and moist. I have never had bass so smooth and mids so warm and high’s so crisp. I have entered a new realm of audio. I will now have to listen to all my records over again, almost for the first time. The first actual obvious change was more evident with the phonograph (record) amp. The vinyl I played with this amp was incredibly more clear, vivid, loud and separated. I couldn’t believe the change. The CD was definately more defined but not as drastic as with the phono amp.
The first CD to be played with this integrated amp was The Flaming Lips’ transmissions from the sattelite heart. I have always loved the incredibly wonderous and large drums on this CD. What a better way to highlight them than on a wonderous integrated amp. Next, since one of my favorite producers/engineers is Brian Eno, I put on some David Bowie. And then some James from a record called “Wah Wah” which was Eno’s version of Laid. Again it was downright spooky with how much more clear the sound was. The bass was more flowing and even and almost separated from the mix. It wasn’t mush and bloated like it was with my old amp. I am just in awe. And to think that what I have is considered “Mid-Line.”
In other news the Pollen Count in DC was at it’s highest peak in 10 years yesterday. Funny thing is, is that my allergies didn’t start bothering me until after lunch today. It got progressively bad. I finally succumbed to the meds and took some tylonol cold/allergy pills just as I was starting to write this. I can already feel the effects of it. I am begging to feel the way I used to when I smoked pot on a regular basis. The cloud is getting thicker. It’s a cloud I almost miss. But then I ground myself and know I am better off. I am not one to advocate anything, and I am not all about straight-edge. But, drugs are bad. Period. And I don’t recommend them at all, personally. But hey, you gotta live some and try some. Sure they were great. But they made me one lazy and unproductive person. I do presume it’s different with different people. A lot of musicians made wonderful music and a lot of artists made wonderful art on massive amounts of drugs. Go figure.