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Old 7th September 2019, 06:05 PM   #1
Richard Ellis is offline Richard Ellis  Argentina
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Default The death of Aesthetics...

I was looking at vintage Yamaha receivers, the old CR-640 caught my eye...the same vintage Kenwood stuff also looks very pleasing to the eye...what happened, how did we fall so low?

Quiz, match-up the vintage & now!

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Old 7th September 2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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Saw the title of this thread and thought it was about car and motorcycle customization shows on television.

But, yeah, audio stuff too, on occasion.
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Old 7th September 2019, 06:42 PM   #3
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The death of Aesthetics...
Re Yamaha. Yesterday i saw one of their Silver Integrateds. It would have sat right besides a CR1010 from the late 70s and you’d be hard pressed to tell which was the new one styling wise.

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Old 7th September 2019, 07:27 PM   #4
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Just add walnut flanks and you wouldn't know. That's a very nice looking integrated.
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Old 7th September 2019, 08:05 PM   #5
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Had some yamaha kit early 1980s yup does look VERY similar.
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Old 7th September 2019, 08:41 PM   #6
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Electronic circuits have become very cheap due to integration, robot assembly and standardization. Mechanical structures like chassis/cabinets made in more noble materials have not hanged much in price. Real craftsmanship has probably increased in price.
Cheap chassis made from metal-sheet and molded plastic can be made at a low cost but are rarely aesthetic. Would you pay the double or even more for the same electronic performance but in a more pretty "wrapping"?
Aesthetics are very subjective. Is a Lyngdorf Millenium Mk IV really as aesthetic as it is expensive? Is it typically bought for the looks or the sound?
For most of us, aesthetics imply significantly higher prices without us being convinced that we really would get something more. For some, the price is unimportant but are they then sure what they want and will their friends agree to the choice?
The hunt for aesthetics makes women do repeated plastic operations in the hope that they will be seen as more attractive. Sometimes it clearly doesn't work and it is against a moving target. My neighbor claims motorcycles (among other Ducati) to be solely a question of aesthetics but he keeps finding new outlines he appreciates even better and cannot decide what to buy.
I find aesthetics in certain music and nature, and sometimes I see beauty in certain man-made products. I try to avoid being victim of the massive commercial bombardment trying to align my preferences with that of commercial interests. At least that is what age allows.

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Old 7th September 2019, 09:18 PM   #7
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Yamaha actually made it quite clear that their new line of amps have that vintage look. Like their late 70's stuff.
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Old 7th September 2019, 09:23 PM   #8
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I was looking at vintage Yamaha receivers, the old CR-640 caught my eye...the same vintage Kenwood stuff also looks very pleasing to the eye...what happened, how did we fall so low?
What do you mean fall so low? It's been up and down forever. Don't you remember or haven't you been around little before that picture of Billy Joel was taken?

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Old 7th September 2019, 09:41 PM   #9
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The aesthetics lie in the knobs!

Which company has the best looking volume knob on their amps?
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Old 7th September 2019, 10:43 PM   #10
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I think Quad did a fairly nice job of homage to Peter’s original aesthetic
QII Series | QUAD | the closest approach to the original sound

Can you imagine if Jon Ives got his hands on that product line?
Thermal dissipation and ease of repair? Get outta here - they’ll trade it in for the next new skinny shiny thing before the warranty even runs out, right Steve?
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