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"When I was in college [Ball State, early eighties], there were three things a guy had to have--car, beer, and stereo. Then the Walkman came along, and, after that, ease of use and portability became the issue." And when Walkmans gave way to .mp3 players, it really seemed like the beginning of the end for audio stores. "It was, 'Hey, I can put 10,000 songs in this thing the size of a deck of cards.' The fact that a guitar didn't actually sound like a guitar anymore apparently didn't matter," he says wryly.

Actually, Moorman says, those audio files contain a good deal more sound information than you get through your earbuds--but it rarely reaches listeners. Overture carries the equipment that extracts that sound.

The first thing Moorman will tell you is: don't start with the speakers. "There's a hierarchy of equipment, and the speaker is the last link in a chain." Instead, he'll steer you toward a DAC (digital-analog converter), then a good receiver. "The source is the most important part. It's the old 'garbage in/garbage out' computer platitude."

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