Walking around T.H.E. Show in Newport revealed a fair amount of over the top flashy audio systems. You’d think that this gear was a status symbol or something, oh, yeah…It Is for a lot of people! Without going into the aesthetic issues that plagues hi-fi equipment, I will mention that some companies do get it right. Case in point, Channel Islands produces some fantastic sounding USB DACs, Class D amps, and even headphone amps. Having steel metal face plates, these audio pieces remind me of vintage Marantz gear with a modern sleekness. It’s worth mentioning that the designer also built his own simple (first order crossover) speakers to realize the full potential of his electronics. This created a synergy that few other computer audio rooms could compete with.
HIFIQC…Cause we want to listen to music, and even dance sometimes!