System synergy — components mating so well that the result exceeds the sum of their parts — is one of the most elusive goals in audio. You know it when you hear it. You just don’t hear it all that often.
There are the obvious pitfalls. You wouldn’t want to do something completely deranged like trying to rock some 85-decibel-efficient speakers with a flea-watt tube amp, for example, or add a ruthlessly revealing cartridge to an already-bright system.… Read the full article