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"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" (S. Rachmaninov)

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  The Broggio boys 2012

Together, we enjoy cooking for each other, friends and family. We also enjoy travelling a lot (both within the UK and further afield) and concert-going. Sometimes we manage to combine the two with trips to the Musikverein (Vienna) and, more frequently, to the Philharmonie (Berlin) where the greatest collection of musicians assembled reside; the Berliner Philharmoniker. Despite my passion for classical music (of all natures), I also really enjoy discovering good music from around the world (on my travels) and also support some local bands.

When she sadly has to stay late, or work night-shifts or weekends (all too often), then I indulge my spare time by playing or listening to music. On the playing side, I am a reasonable violinist and pianist and play as a violinist for a number of orchestras, principally the Eroica Camerata (contains concert recordings). I also enjoy playing in a number of chamber ensembles.

On the listening side, I am a passionate advocate for SACD over "normal" CD's and, most especially, MP3's (except for portability). I have become a site reviewer for sa-cd.net, the de-facto official site for SACD's. The main reason I love SACD is that you get 5.1 discrete sound at a very high resolution (far higher than DVD-V or DualDisc) and this "surround" sound makes a huge difference when compared to stereo (I would compare it like moving from mono to stereo but now into 3D!) The other reason why I like this format over any other audiophile experience is that it is relatively cheap to get started with SACD's (a top-end player is an order of magnitude cheaper than the top-end CD player or record deck and a cheap set-up still leaves all CD's I've heard for dust). 

Also, you may start collecting SACD's before committing to additional technology as almost all discs are "normal" CD compatible. Once you have a SACD player, you can use your normal equipment for the hi-resolution stereo layer and it is only when you want to unlock the real multi-channel power of SACD's that one might need to change the amplifier and add a few speakers. The sound is simply sensational, almost as good as being in concert and a lightyear ahead of any other recording medium currently on the market, and is characterised with an analogue warmth (akin to LP's) but without any analogue defects.

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