• 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
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