I Refuse to Let Go of My Retro

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I was leisurely
making my way through my iTunes library and playlists this afternoon,
juggling around some of my music for the purpose of relaxation,
with a bit of productivity thrown in. I came across one song that
reminded me of why I love music so much, and why music that sounds
extraordinary is so essential to me everywhere I go.

To begin, I
am an audiophile of sorts, though acutely imperfect as far as that
definition goes. Wikipedia
defines an audiophile
as one who is a “hobbyist who seeks
high-quality audio reproduction via the use of specialized high-end
audio
electronics.” Wikipedia goes on to say, “Audiophiles
can purchase special recordings made with extra attention to sound
quality, some being special audiophile-oriented reissues, as well
as recordings in high-resolution formats such as Super
Audio CD
or DVD-Audio.
Many modern audiophiles also take advantage of lossless
file formats such as WAV,
FLAC,
WMA
Lossless
, and Apple
Lossless
.” I suppose — or maybe I just hope — the last
bit qualifies me as an audiophile, but also as one who does not
believe in going broke on tons of high-$$$$ home stereo equipment
just to listen to music that sounds as close to perfect as possible.

I am an ipodophile,
because going digital has saved me space, money (on equipment and
maintenance), and time. And I can also share the joys of my large
music collection with others with little effort. Clicking and dragging
and burning in iTunes is far more efficient than the old ways. I
have five iPods and an iTouch. Plus I have a DroidX and a Nook
Color
, both of which hold lots of music and play
Pandora radio
. The days of spending hours to produce
one high-quality cassette or mini-disc or recorded CD — on a full-blown
CD recorder — are long over. I still have my vast collection of
cassettes, both recorded and blank, and the photo below shows just
a small assemblage of some of the old recording medium I haved stored
for many years.

Note
the Denon MG-X metal cassettes — those were $15 blank tapes. The
Sony UX-Pro, Denon HD and HDM, and the Maxell XL-II S — they were
all top-notch tapes for recording music that could enable Ella to
break the glass. The mini-discs? I, like the Japanese, was convinced
they were the right medium for the time, and I still cling to those,
too. I still have my Sony mini-disc player/recorder, my $1,000 1986
Nakamichia CD player/changer, my Denon 3-head cassette recording
deck, and my Sony CD player/recorder. I never did get a Nakamichi
Dragon
, which was a teenage dream of mine. I yearned for a Dragon
for years and years. Those still go for $1,500 & up. And as
to Ella — if you are not old enough, here is that memorable and
great Ella Fitzgerald commercial for Memorex.

I still have
my Fisher
Studio Standard
(1980-ish) amp and tuner, and they work perfectly.
I only added a “modern” Yamaha surround-sound receiver (still, an
older, 1st generation style) to drive my Bose AM5 Series II satellites
and subwoofer for watching movies. I still use a late 70s model
Realistic (Radio Shack brand) graphic equalizer. My 1982 Technics
turntable took a dive, but I will get it fixed.

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February
15, 2010

Karen De
Coster [send her
mail
] is a libertarian accounting/finance professional
during the day, and she spends her personal time being a dissident
and writer. She writes about the TSA, the medical establishment,
Big Pharma, Big Agra, the Banksters, the Corporate State, health
totalitarianism, lifestyle fascism, bailout nation, the military-congressional-industrial-medical-pharmaceutical
complex, and essentially, anything that encroaches upon the freedom
of her fellow human beings. This is her LewRockwell.com
archive
and her Mises.org
archive
. Check out her
website
.

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