Nothing beats the sound of music coming out of a tube amp. You can't top the deep, deep sound of a well-pressed piece of vinyl played on a nice turntable. If you're a CD nut, the sound had better be funneled through huge floor speakers, not weak, "sensible" bookshelf speakers. If you like your music deep, and you like your equipment lived in, Alpha Tech Electronics is the place to get your audio-geek rocks off. They don't sell new equipment, a major problem for most consumers, but they know the best of the new retailers (we nominate the nuts at the Speaker and Stereo Store on Manchester in that category) and won't hesitate to offer you options and opinions. But on the wall of their shop (and in the remarkable mind of owner Zaw Win) is a list of used components for sale, and that list includes some big, beefy units with enough muscle to explode the neighbors' eardrums. We've purchased amazing, classy equipment there, especially a steroid-enhanced Marantz receiver and, joy of all joys, an Empire turntable from the mid-'70s
made of walnut that uncovers in old LPs a sound far superior to that of a compact disc.