2014's National Audio Show (September 2014 at Whittlebury Hall) proved to be a turning point in my long journey explaining what quality I am looking for in a Hi-Fi system or any part of it. My talk of 'musicality' and 'rhythm and timing' has been heard and understood by many but also remained a mystery to many.
Russ Andrews customer Rob Burn wrote in to tell us about the first album he bought:
"1966... Summer... me, 15 years old: school's over forever. Hoorah! There's five weeks holiday to look forward to before I go on to college in the Autumn.
My first purchase, music-wise with my own money, is Eleanor Rigby on 45 RPM vinyl by the Beatles.
What's the first thing you do when looking for your next Hi-Fi or Home Cinema purchase? Look at reviews?
Yes, so do I, and it's a sensible place to start. But it can also be dangerous. Reviews are all well and good, and an excellent place to begin putting together a short list. But if we rely on them too much, rather than our own judgement - based on listening - they can become a hindrance.