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benb 1st October 2013 12:43 AM

The death of the home stereo system
I'm thinking a lot of the peeps here could have written this little history article:
The death of the home stereo system -

tvrgeek 5th October 2013 09:22 PM

I think it may be a bit off base. Modern technology ( storage, streaming etc) may be coming on, but I am starting to see a revolt against the sound quality. Think back,

The invention of the phonograph meant we were free to listen to what we want at home, but at the expense of quality. Eventually, this technology got very good.

The invention of the pocket transistor radio freed everyone in the 60's from sitting in front of the console player, but eventually quality came back.

With digital technology, we again had a revolution in portability and convenience at the expense of quality but I believe ( sure as heck hope) quality is now starting to come back in.

The FM tuner is dead. Sorry, but there is no real reason for a record player, reel-to-reel, or a tube amplifier. I do not believe music quality is dead.

sofaspud 5th October 2013 09:45 PM

I see no reason the history, more or less spelled out by tvrgeek, won't repeat.
But sure the system looks different. So does television, and it isn't dead.

Pano 6th October 2013 03:37 PM

Not a bad article, on the whole. I think convenience has always won out over quality as that is simply the priority of most people.

ODougbo 6th October 2013 03:54 PM

I thought the focus was shifting to HT rooms, 5.1/ 7.1 with bigger/better/cheaper flat and projectors.
Our local Best Buys had nothing in two channel but racks of HT receivers.

sofaspud 6th October 2013 06:27 PM

Hasn't quality also improved, for the John Doe consumer, along with the convenience factor? I would say it has.
Most people put video ahead of audio, so HTIB kills two birds with one $tone.
Which all makes the article correct for the most part.

tvrgeek 7th October 2013 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by ODougbo (
I thought the focus was shifting to HT rooms, 5.1/ 7.1 with bigger/better/cheaper flat and projectors.
Our local Best Buys had nothing in two channel but racks of HT receivers.

The market has run thin on HT. Few have the bucks. Drop into a real Magnolia, not the stripped BestBuy version and you will be greeted by tube Mac and Martin Logans. Head up to Balto to Soundscape and you won't find anything associated with HT. Listening Room is still in Pikesville.

Convenience does win, but after the jump in convenience, we get a slow but steady increase in quality.

Xoc1 7th October 2013 07:34 PM

Quote from the article..

That suits Rubio, the Emory graduate, fine. He grew up in a house with a component system but doesn't believe he's missing anything.
"All you need is a good pair of headphones and an iPod and that's pretty much it," he says.
Milner, the author, can't question his decision.
"Now, why even bother?" he asks. "If you can take your entire music collection and more in something that fits in your pocket, why would you not do that?"
Sounds a bit lonely to me:( I choose to share my music with my family and friends:)

Mario Pankov 7th October 2013 07:40 PM

Perhaps one day sound quality of such systems would be acceptable, but it has a long way to go. No matter how good technology gets, a shorter signal path and a dedicated power supply would always be superior as components are the same and the mass market stuff is always of lower quality. I doubt this would be forgone, people still use turntables today and there is a reason why.

mattmcl 7th October 2013 08:06 PM

There's a shift in the source for sure. Everything I listen to is either in FLAC on my computer or internet radio. Other than that nothing has changed for me. I gave up on trying to mix home theater and audio. Our family room is dedicated 5.1, and our living room is 2.1.

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