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!
I sometimes struggle to do this, but I will sacrifice a lot to insure
I have the best equipment within my relatively modest fluctuating
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
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 ensure 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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