Music: Hi-Fi Takes Over

The audiophile was listening, fascinated, to a highly polished but weak-spirited phonograph. The tune was the familiar Pagan Love Song, but the words sounded strange: "Native cows are calling/Do the wings go on . . ." Since the listener knew that the lyric actually reads: "Native hills are calling/To them we belong," he was easily able to diagnose the troubles in the phonograph: limited frequency response; harmonic, intermodulation and transient distortion, peaking, and possibly flutter; nonlinearity and needle talk. The audiophile's only prescription for a cure: get a high-fidelity rig.

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