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Less Audio, More Music

If anything, the email volume I get is 10-20% more, versus the audio heyday of the 00s. The big difference is, audiophiles have reached a plateau, and now turn their attention to music. There's an enormous demand for popular music (primarily because, within the audiophile world, it had been suppressed for so long). As far as genres go, the strongest demand is for thrash metal and EDM (electronic dance music). As far as time goes, I have two evenly-matched branches of audiophiles. One branch argues that 1987 was pop music's finest. The other branch counters that 1992 displayed the most variety.

Speaking of variety, of all AA's forums, Rocky Road arguably exhibits the greatest variety. We have enough Inmates, to cover a wide range of time periods and genres. Audiophiles beg me to make a selection, and write about it. Give some background information. When, where, and with whom did I first hear it? What was going on then? Do I have any photos? Did the song move us? Did we use it as an audio reference?

I just can't keep up with demand. So I'm going to disappoint the branches in favor of 1987, 1992, thrash, and EDM. During the Fall 1990 quarter, I went to my college radio station, UC Santa Cruz's KZSC (above), and bought Prefab Sprout's excellent Jordan: The Comeback, which included "Moon Dog." In the early-00s, an audition with that song inspired one of my audiophile friends to buy Moondog Audio's Yote monoblock amplifiers.

-Lummy The Loch Monster

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