Music is my passion
(first and foremost).
I am not a HI-FI dealer, though I would happily take on distributor
duties for the right company if given the opportunity.
All hi-fi components
or accessories I fall in love with and keep are paid for!
struggle to do this, but I will sacrifice a lot to insure I have
the best equipment within my relatively modest fluctuating budget!
I am fortunate enough to be exposed to hundreds
of live musicians on stage every year playing ‘real instruments.’
I listen to what they play and how they play it (plugged & unplugged).
I always try to speak to them about the music they play and the
music they listen to at home. I also question them about the HI-FI
equipment they use (if any) in their homes and / or the equipment
they might use in the studio. We usually share our experiences regarding
various equipment and recordings. I also consult with the many sound
engineers I meet on the road who use their ears and technical expertise
in studios and on stage.
I have been listening and exploring music
in my home (mainly on vinyl) for over forty years.
I refer to my reviews
as ‘Experience Reviews’ as this is exactly what they
I do not take commissions to write reviews!
I have no ties (financial or other) with any specific company!
I pay for all of the HI-FI components I own!
Together with trusted friends, sound engineers and
musicians (whose hearing is still on point) carry out major research
before inviting components into my home. I often invite the same
sound engineers and musicians to sit in during demonstrations. This
way, I insure my own listening skills are challenged.
Though I may start off with a various number of components, or accessories,
I will only concentrate and fully report on what actually works
Though I may start off with a various number of
components or accessories, I will only concentrate and fully report
on what actually works for me. I appreciate ‘what
works for one, may not work for another.’ Everybody
is different; we all hear and experience music in different ways,
our homes and other environmental factors will make a difference
in how we receive music.
I will always encourage you to explore
for yourselves if your imagination is sparked by what you read!
C/o Michael Valentine Studio
… For the love of music!
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