Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

It just means we're old :-)

Over on Rocky Road, the music from the Spring 1986 semester was just so friggin' awesome. We'd squeeze our headphones into our ears, so that we could hear more of the music. We fiddled with the boomboxes' EQ or tone controls, to bring out more of what we wanted to hear. In our bedrooms, we'd adjust the mini-stereo's antenna, in order to bring in radio stations more cleanly.

Our cheap electronics just didn't do the music justice. And that's how I became an audiophile. Our school's library subscribed to Audio magazine and Stereo Review, so those were a start. I still have the few late-80s Stereophile magazines, I picked up from newsstands and bookstores. I didn't subscribe, until 1990, when I was in college.

I consider the Adcom GFA-535, which I got for my 18th birthday in 1990, my entry into high-end audio. You never forget it. It's always with and a part of you. Seems like yesterday, but that was really three decades ago.



Some of us have kids in high school and college. So we've come full circle, and our own education is once again at the forefront, as an example for our kids. My friends' daughter, Lauren, has already graduated from college. Last December, she left this note and snacks for her brother, who was taking finals at UC Irvine. Lauren's thoughtfulness and care are an indicator that her parents (who have appeared in a couple of my older posts elsewhere) raised her properly.

Hard to believe that brands like AudioQuest and Totem, which were there for us, when we were in college, are still around. So when we review, for example, the current-production Totem Sky, the history is relevant, important, mandatory, and interesting. Future posts might be out of order, but they will incorporate that history.


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  • It just means we're old :-) - Luminator 22:16:39 02/28/21 (0)

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