24 February 2002
Along with music and hi-fi, I also enjoy watching movies, bicycling, my wonderful girlfriend, Lori (who I met on the internet six years ago--yes, we have been together ever since), our Rottweiler, Nikita, computers and my work.
While I also have a DVD-Audio player (and integrated home theater), I will not discuss this here, as, although the resolution of the DVD-Audio is exceptional, I have failed to see what that has to do with true, two channel music reproduction. The last concert I went to did not have musicians playing behind me.
Lori and I have lived together for six years, but she is so supportive of me and my hobbies, that a WAF does not exist. She loves what I love and if I bring home a piece of new gear, she just hopes it does what I hope it would do, aesthetics never being an issue. I take her on sound auditions and she has never preferred one piece over the other, because of how it looks. Yes, I do know how lucky I am!
My listening room is less than ideal, as it is our living room, but it is offset my strong addiction for this hobby. House shopping again next year, and I hope to have a dedicated listening room. The dimensions of my listening area (part of our great room) are 14 ft. wide by 10 1/2 ft. deep and 8 ft. high. I am currently looking into room treatment.
I listen to 40%Jazz, 20% Vocals, 20% Classical and 20% Classic Rock. I wilI listen to most anything except country, RAP and that new "angry" music. Would say I have approximately 500 CD's and 200 LP's, but the collection is growing in leaps and bounds. I would say I listen to CD's 70% and Vinyl 30%. I would also say that while I feel Vinyl does sound more dynamic, with more front to back sound staging, the CD player is among the best I have heard. I am finally now actually enjoying listening to CD's!
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor
Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Fur Elise. Bella Davidovich, Phillips
Dennis de Chiara was born in 1960 and is an insurance intermediary. He lives in Islandia, New York.
Dennis's comments about his System:
AA: "Dennis, how would you describe your system's sound?"
DdC: "It doesn't really sound like anything. It has a wide soundstage, both left to right as well as front to back. There is much detail and transparency. You don't hear the speakers at all. I can hear the first violins from the second and the violins from the violas. I can actually "see" where each instrument is. To me, that is the essence of this hobby, along with the love of music, of course."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
DdC: "Of course, as I learn more and listen more. While I am quite delighted now, I am sure there is much I can do with the room acoustics and cables. I need more music."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
"I am interested in researching
balanced cables. All my gear (except the turn table) have
both single ended and balanced inputs/outputs. I would like
to gather more information and, eventually, do a home
audition. I am also interested in room treatment. Perhaps
upgrading the phono cartridge next year as