"Equus," from the same album, was up next. The Mu-so delivered a dazzling performance and an extremely wide sound stage with this exciting orchestral piece. Symphonic recordings can be tough on audio systems, because of the sheer number of instruments and broad dynamic range in most compositions. If you crank it up to hear the details in the softer passages, you can get blown out of the room when the music swells. The Mu-so handled the track with aplomb, whether it was placed against a wall or in the open space of my kitchen counter. Every instrument, from the trumpets and horns to the violins and timpani, was rendered distinctly and clearly.
The Mu-so proved equally adept at delivering exciting performances with other musical genres as well, ranging from folk (Robert Earl Keen's cover of the mournful folk song "Long Chain," from his album What I Really Mean), to funk (Tower of Power's "Don't Change Horses," from Back to Oakland), and retro rock-and-roll ("10 Lovers," from The Black Keys' Turn Blue). The Mu-so delivered every performance with verve, excitement, and — above all — precision.
The beauty in this one is more than skin deep
If you can afford the Mu-so's admittedly steep price tag, you'll be rewarded with absolutely marvelous musical performances. It truly sounds a beautiful as it looks. You could also use this soundbar in your home theater, paired with a flat-screen HDTV — provided you have the furniture to accommodate it, as the Mu-so cannot be hung on the wall. You'll also need a TV with a S/PDIF output, because the absence of HDMI is one of this speaker's few shortcomings.
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