It’s all changing, isn’t it? The way we listen to music, I mean. It’s nothing like it was even 5 years ago.
I’m not going to be so cliché as to recount the history of modern HiFi starting with albums and Reel–to–Reel tape (by the way, if you haven’t yet, get your hands, and ears, on Dave Grohl’s Sound City Real to Reel project. Both the video and the music are spectacular.) through cassettes (yes, they could be High Fidelity given the right equipment…. Snob!) and CD’s and onto the iPod. You know the drill there.
I read this morning that Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, one of Steve Jobs’ final visions is 2 BILLION dollars over budget…and it’s not done yet! I thought only government could mess up a budget that badly.
So, your first one was given to you by your parents for your first apartment (assuming that you are not still living with your parents…hey, you’re 32…time to get a life!). They used it in their bedroom but they were getting a new one anyway. It was made by Magnavox or Hitachi or, if you were really lucky, Sony. It was 36” square and 24” deep and it weighed about 100 pounds and you and your buddy had to stop for a beer after carrying the thing up the stairs to your place. And you used that TV for probably 10 years.
I’ve been in this business long enough to remember the very first multi-zone audio systems. We used to put speakers in 3 or four rooms, match them with a 40 or 50 watt Receiver and put volume controls in between. You could then listen to music throughout the house as long as everyone wanted to listen to the same music. We thought we were in Paradise.