On personal audio

Working is now more fun. I picked up some new equipment. For the first time, my technology arsenal now includes an external audio card. To be honest, over the years I have just dragged the same audio card with me from computer build to computer build. The card was removed from one motherboard and snapped into place on the next one. Sometimes the card was left behind in favor of onboard audio components that were built into the motherboard.

I figured that the audio card did not really mater. That opinion remained steadfast until the first time I used the Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It was plugged into my old desktop JBL speakers, but the dynamic range changed. Everything sounded deeper and more dynamic. Some people call it a higher degree of fidelity. The sound was impressive.

About a week later, a new set of Audioengine A5+ speakers showed up to the house. Unboxing them was fantastic. The whole process was almost videotaped for YouTube. They are hands down the best speakers I have ever owned. That includes being better than the custom speaker updated Boston Acoustic cabinets I had in college. Now that I think about… I’m not actually sure what happened to those speakers or the amp that went with them…

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