Late in 1989, when my wife Lisa and I walked into Sound Goods, an audio video store in Mountain View, California, a nearly quarter-century-long love affair with the combination of Perreaux Electronics and Polk Audio SDA (“Stereo Dimensional Array”) speakers began. We had recently moved from Columbus, Indiana, to Palo Alto, California, and had decided that with a new home we needed a new stereo system.
While our aging AR turntable, Sony integrated receiver and Allison 6 speakers had served us well for almost a decade, the rise of digital music reproduction influenced us to make the transition to CDs from LPs and to upgrade our stereo system. This transition was motivated not so much by our conviction that the sound would be better with a digital system as by two other factors: First, our three-years-old daughter loved to play with the tone arm of our turntable – even as it was spinning -- and consequently had damaged most of our LPs. Second, I had begun working for NeXT Computer Inc., a company that was committed to facilitating growth of digital music recording and reproduction. The NeXT Cube, the company’s revolutionary computer system, in fact, was the first computer to be shipped with a magneto-optical drive as standard equipment.