Chill pill. Once my hearing had acclimated to more room reverb—that greater bassiness and resultant minor blur across the midband—recurring attractions were exceptional stage depth and a light not heavy, energetically easeful not trying presentation. Take "Izo's Mood" from Andy Narell's Jungle Music. According to the cover art, there are 23 pan handlers in this steel band banging padded mallets. Yet the AD36 still managed to put the background percussion behind the row of bass pans so out into the front yard past my front wall. Calypso time in rainy Ireland.

Showing its way with microdynamically agile vocals, Mayte Martin's elegiac Tempo Rubato with Flamenco's greatest cantaora on boleros opens with "Soneto de Amor" against the colors of string quartet, guitar and sparse percussion. This song also lives on Katia & Marielle Labèque's Sisters, now with pure piano accompaniment. The AD36's handling of voltage swings was gentler than how my residents transduce them. In conjunction with already far stage depth, this added still more sense of observer distance. In that sense the Kenaz twins were tasty chill pills not grinding lap dancers.

This perspective held even on Aleph Abi Saad's happy latino piano, the Jazzy harmonica and unusual stroviol featuring on "Rumbeando in Madrid".

We might say that the AD36 simply didn't know how to do full-frontal attack mode and get in my face. It was too civilized and genteel to promote any close-up pornography.

This included the infectious Chehade Brothers' take on making over classic Arab songs in more get-down fashion [available on Qobuz under "Fog Elna Khel W Qaddouka Al-Mayyas"].

In my smaller upstairs space of course, I don't really rock out. I call this my nocturnal system. The daytime big system lives downstairs. It's where the AD36 was headed next.