New member posts about the old days of Hi-Fi (shock)

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  1. Broko

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    I used to be a right anorak when it came to music and hi-fi. I shunned any music if it was badly produced or sounded dodgy. I had "what I call" (Miranda) a decent set up. Mostly Technics triple class A amp, decent cd and tape dec and a Garrard deck that I inherited off my dad. Massive wharfdale speakers that took the plaster off the walls.
    Then I got married.
    Still kept the Hi-Fi but scaled it down a bit to fit in the house (got rid of the wharfdeales and got some mission m's. Record deck went in the garage so just had the Technics amp and cd player.
    10 years go by and I got offered a Sony surround system from someone at work and tried it out.
    Sounded crap compared to what I had. The gimmick of 5.1 did not grab me.
    Sent it back to him with a free flea in his ear about "proper" hi-fi.
    10 years later I decide to get in the 21st century and buy an AVR.
    I am mainly drawn by the lure of Hi Def flac and 24bit sound.
    Decide on a Denon x1000 as the specs look similar to what I had. Use my Missions as rear speakers and get a pair of second hand Quad 11ls for the front.

    Guess what it nearly sounds as good as what I had.!
     
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    I remember when the hi-fi mags of yesteryear (and listening rooms in swanky high end shops) would tell you that having ANY speakers in the room - and that included telephones - would affect the sound so dramatically that it wasnt worth listening to music! Look how its changed! Wow - Now I AM allowed multiple aspeakers in my room, 8 in fact!:thumbsup:
     
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    LOL! I can remember when a popular Hi Fi magazine aficionado was advocating plugging any unused input and output of an amplifier with a plug that had the wiring shorted by a piece of wire with a fancy knot tied into it!...............................................
     
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    Ricky - one wonders eh what!
     
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    Doesn't sound very gracious if someone gave you a surround system...such fun! (not). ;)
     
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    Wish I could remember the guys name, or even find some old copies of the mags, I'm sure it would provoke some err interesting discussion.
     
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    I remember when Onkyo receivers were made of chocolate and used to melt.
     
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    I suppose shorting the unused inputs to ground might minimise noise, but seeing as those inputs wouldn't be selected then I can't see what effect they would have other than very slight noise back to the power supply if that input was picking up large levels of noise (even then that's clutching at straws).

    I quite like the sound of those chocolate amps Dante; I could just do with some chocolate to go with my coffee right now. :)
     
  9. Tricky-Ricky

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    I can see the possible reasoning behind it, and I know twisted pairs of wires are used extensively to minimise signal interference/ degradation, however knots.......
     
  10. Richardxx

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    I bet he had a naim.
     
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    Mr Tickle?

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    I think he went on to become the editor????
     
  12. Broko

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    I got offered the Sony for an exchange of beer tokens. The beer tokens where more attractive. As I said I was a hifi snob. If i'd have bought it , it would be in the garage now with the other stuff.
    Oh how we laughed,
     

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