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Old 13th May 2013, 11:20 PM   #91
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It seems young men these days are more interested in the size of their hard drive than the power of their stereo amp.
I almost laugh for the old men instead of those young men...

The young men were born with free and fresh minds. The old men minds have gone wrong since many years ago when they think a good system is a "high end" system, a system with some accepted parameters. I think the old men really have no imagination... Think about it man....
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Old 14th May 2013, 12:26 AM   #92
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Thanks Joe! Where's the "like" button on this message board?!??! <g>

Yeah, I remember sitting in the library in the late 80's and early 90's reading those old magazines, lusting after things like a Revox B77, or a Thorens TT... They had back issues at the library at work that went way back, so I had a lot to read. Sigh... my hearing is not what it used to be... I remember the first time I heard a Klipshorn... Wow! I was sold on horns immediately. I used to be bothered by the sound of CD, now it doesn't bother me any more. I guess that's sad...

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Old 14th May 2013, 12:58 AM   #93
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Oh no, I used to earn my living with the Revox A77 and B77 and a Thorens TT with an Ortofon cart. The good old days....
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and there were the "Is it live or is it Memorex" commercials.... btw dirk's avatar wasn't just a magazine ad, it was also a TV commercial....

the only problem being, when those commercials aired, everybody's TV had a little 5" mono speaker, but you were supposed to tell the difference between Ella Fitzgerald "live" on a TV commercial that was on tape, and Memorex on a taped commercial, on a tv speaker with a response of 500-4000hz....
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Old 14th May 2013, 08:02 AM   #95
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Remember Scotch tape?

Scotch Video Tape Advert - Re Record Not Fade Away - YouTube

Reminds me of the audio industry...

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Is it live or is it Memorex" commercials
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-IvTF0xUxM

Then Maxwell's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk71h2CQ_xM

So I built a HIFI tape unit..because they were easy to store<<<<A few boxes of creased and wrinkled tapes went to the local dump a while ago...
The VU meters were always nice to see..

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Old 14th May 2013, 08:34 AM   #96
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Link to the above..

VU meters...

Analog VU Meters - YouTube

NB its not me..

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Old 14th May 2013, 07:03 PM   #97
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Since we are delving our audio pasts........
The very best system I had back in the '70s was.....

* "Heathkit AA 1640" amp with the optional VU meter kit
* "Heathkit" preamp and matching EQ. (They were the ones with the walnut end caps).
* "Thorans" turntable with a "Shure V-15 cartridge"
* I used my "Sansui 7" receiver just for its FM tuner section via its tape monitor circuits.. (My favorite station back then was WNEW FM from NY City).
* "JBL L100" speakers .
* "Sankyo" cassette deck,
* "Super-X" electrostatic head phones.

BTW, I still remember my 50 mile drives to the nearest Heathkit store. I was always like a kid on the way to Disneyland .

Now, I am a bit older of course and my hearing is not what it used to be .
Having said that......everyone hearing starts to deteriorate after about the age of 20 and only the younger of us of us can hear up to 20k hz.
We all can still hear distortion however and the lower frequencies are unaffected .
In any event, there is actually often very little program material in the extreme high end anyway. In many cases there is no extreme high end at all even with modern recordings on CDs
So, often nothing is really missed by older listeners for the most part. This all depends on the extent one's healing loss of course.

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Old 14th May 2013, 07:17 PM   #98
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Who made the Super-X electrostatic headphones? I don't know the name.
(maybe Mr. Google knows)
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Ahhh... found them. 1960s-1970s. Made in Yonkers NY. Superex. Well loved, it seems.
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They were made by "Super-X".
Their electrostatic phones sounded fantastic with unparalleled transparency.
However, their quality control was absolutely horrendous and I believe they went out of business because of this

EDIT..My mistake, they were "Superex" not "super-X"

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