Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
Bah - in the old days you didn't get to choose what music you listened to - the radio station and Rolling Stone decided what music you listened to - and you liked it!
I was thinking about this the other day...radio. It turned me into an audiophile at the age of 8...listening to the radio station, the same station I listen to today. At 8 was when I realised turning the tone control to 10 o clock made the music sound better coming out of the portable stereo...
It looked exactly like the above, it was my dads. So you taped music from the radio, because that maximised sound quality...but more often, what happened was, your mates had one of those too and he had a tape you wanted. So you face kissed 2 boomboxes together, you yelled shooosh! to everyone to be quiet and played one boombox and recorded the speakers with the other boomboxes mic. The result was good enough!
Many years later when I realised that the same boombox had and 'aux in' and figured it out it was like WOW...tape copies with awesome sound quality! These were the days before we could afford a telephone line to be installed in our unit. Many years pass, we live in a house now with...gasp...telephone! My dad could now afford a midi sized pioneer system with 6 disc stacker, spectrum analyser, graphic equaliser, fibre optic output into the amplifiers 1 bit Direct Linear Conversion, speakers with 10inch woofers handling mids. Of course mind was blown at the age of 12.
I was obsessed with CDs lack of hiss, and also why the spectrum analyzer at the treble region was not as high as the rest....so I always boosted the treble for a flat spectrum analyser thinking I had fixed something.... Then I wanted to learn about music...and it remained for many years in my mind, that hi fi is hi fi and music is music, two separate categories...because what I heard in learning music bore zero semblance to what I heard out of hi fi. It was not until nearly 3 decades after my first boombox experience when I stumbled across the Sennheisser HD650 and head fi and finally the music and hi fi bore similarity to me...by then I'd already owned your two box standmount audiophile system....abandoned that for 5.1 channel surround...and have since abandoned 5.1 for headphones. Now going back to two channnel and thinking my old man was correct all along when he chose that big 10 inch woofered pioneer system. I thought I would impress him with my audiophile standmount system....he never migrated to tiny speakers.
Come think about it there are two defining reasons I am an audiophile today. My dad loved music and I had access to his radio. And I might possibly still have unresolved daddy issues...hehehe. As poor as we were, we were always fortunate enough to have music at our fingetips...always. What saddens me today is knowing that he bought the stereo not for him like I believed for so long...but for me, because I was his first born son...although not me directly...so we could as a family enjoy some pleasures in life. But it is I and only I that developed an obsession with the machine behind the emotion.
Originally Posted by Currawong
My first cassette player, a Hanimex purchased from a local drug store (!) for $29.95, would, every so slowly, get slower and slower as it played through one side of a tape. After half an hour you'd wonder why the music sounded wrong.
Ahhh yes, I remembered that slowing down tape...you abandoned music listening before you ran out of power because it sounded soooo sloooow moootttiiioooon. What was left in those batteries at that point could probably power an Ipod for two more weeks. So my ingenuis solution as a kid...this MUST work, was to take a power chord...cut the small end and expose two wires...taped one wire to the negative terminal and the other to the postive...where the batteries went, no brainer really. plug in the chord and problem solv....spark, pop, smoke and smell. Only that walkman style player my dad had saved up hard for, had a leather case, built in speakers and a recording function. Logically I denied all knowledge of involvement of his obviously burnt out non functiong music playing device. The only thing I knew about transformers was that optimus prime was 'mad, man!'
Edited by SP Wild - 6/29/14 at 5:54am