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The implicatons are more profound than the advances in engineering postulated here. You don't need an audio system or HT to listen to "Lifetime for Women".
Smaller speakers to the point of disaprearing.
Much more money going into good looks rather than performance.
Being driven to "Turn it down!", or retreat to headphone use.
Don't think you have not been affected, we all have to some extent. As I kid I watched the men of the early 60's function in society and they ruled. We are realtive wusses now days, and things are getting worse.
First, let me say that I am female (I realize that monikers can be misleading). Next let me state: I am not you, have been married for 27 years, but would not settle for anyone who demanded these things. My husband has (for the most part) supported my hobby. Yet, I have had to slide a few things into the household under the radar.
There are beautiful, feminine, intelligent, music-loving women out there who can learn to understand gear. In 1977, John Fort (who I was dating at the time) and Albert Porter (the sales manager at Arnold and Morgan in Dallas) introduced me to this crazy hobby. Through education and synergistic gear, they helped me understand that the equipment can truly elevate the music. I have been hooked ever since.
I would rather purchase 2-channel audio gear than clothes, furniture or the latest trends in perfume/makeup. I am also a car enthusiaste. Yet, most men have never be able to decipher my hobbies based on first impressions. Be patient...there are more of us out there.
And in general the impact of women will be negative on the natural behavior of men and their hobbies. Although I wish I had met you 27 years ago.
And, I you. Except you realize, we would be totally broke? :-)
I understand your point but I believe these type of women still exist...they just need to be taught. Here's my example: I was a natural music lover. My grandparents loved to tell the story of how I would dance, sing at the top of my lungs, and fortunately exhibited dancing rhythm at a young age (19 months). But, never played an instrument yet music has played a tremendous role in my life. My first allowance was spent on purchasing the 45 of "Mrs. Brown, You have a Lovely Daughter" and the LP of "Help" by the Beatles.
Look for a woman who just loves music. Look for one who really likes it when it sounds the best or can be taught when it sounds the best. Those can be taught about gear. Once I learned about gear, I was hooked. I promise you that they exist because I am educating many of those women...hopefully, a few of you guys out there will find them. And, again I will state, they are beautiful and intelligent. They just need to be allowed to state their opinion without being shot down. And all of us audiophiles know how quickly we can cut someone to the bone when we disagree, no?
but there are women who have the same challenges as you. I have to slide equipment into the household under the radar, he doesn't appreciate all of the beautiful music that we have available to us (doesn't really like ANY music), although he did when I met him.
"Here is my advice: do not marry anyone who does not LOVE music. And now I am done. "
...I'll be listening to Beethoven through my Alon Vs & Herron gear (by then all vintage) with my SO in my cottage by the sea...
...and you'll be cooking, cleaning and listening to music on your own?
Maybe I'm wrong.
You think women are the only ones (or even the main customers) who buy lifestyle systems?
They were all kind, responsible and had a sense of humour about themselves and others.
Most younger guys are fed up with the behavior of most women. I'm personally very fed up with the ridiculous weak men of my father's generation. I think things are worse because that generation has a lot of power right now The pendulum will swing the other way when they retire.
The female dominated public school system is awful so don't expect a lot of good speaker designers any time soon.
We are so use to creating sound waves with mechanical devices. At some point in time, when we learn how to effect the molecules that make up air, we will be able to let the air develop its own sound waves given our input. If you think about it, but freq modulation and amplitude would be infinitely controllable to a point beyond our hearing capabilities and pain threshold. Further out in the future, we will have direct brain receptor connections which will eliminate the amp and speakers altogether. At that point, JBL and Klipsch will be known for their fine wooden packing crates. Cheers.
No fundamental change in design of quality drivers and enclosures. Of course, little has changed in the past 25 years either.
Massive adoption of electronic tailoring of quality speakers to the environment like the Polk Audio Lc265i-IP (and others) will be the biggest area of improvement. After all, no greater impact on quality sound than is the environment itself. No matter what you spend on equipment, how golden are you ears, or how magical your room for audio response, the idea that each user/family can adjust the response to their own tastes makes it the best improvement possible. Purists will argue!
I think there will be more horn/waveguide systems down the road. I thinks it's going to swing back towards the begining in the 50's to more efficient and simpler designs.
somewhat, think more will be hi-eff horns -wave guilds but also ribbons a few hi-eff ones about already.Life style systems will be wireless and the speakers might use the air itself as a driver.Or arrays of computer controled drivers.But for hi-end music use I would say horns and such more hi-eff less power hungrey loudspeakers. When one can run large hi-eff rigs off cheap batt powered amps how long before the giant power and cash sucking amps are history seems a waste of resources to me.
Audiophiles will be running around looking for Quad 57s to refurbish and connect to their vintage tube amps.Quad parts will still be available.
Of course if your Quads ever came in for repair its quite doubtful they'd be returned with panels inside. I usually substitute domes & cones from Parts Express. By the time the thing gets figured out (some like 'em better that way) I'm usually on an extended vacation ;-)
If you look back, I wouldn't expect much to change over the next 10-25 years, either.
I'd love to be wrong, but.....
Speakers will be obsolete except for the few vinyl/tube holdouts. For most people music will be downloaded directly into the brain via flash memory sockets implanted into the base of your skull.
woofers will be obsolete, as the corporate magnates will've convinced people that still LISTEN to music off of earbuds that all you need is sub 30hz and over 12k. subs'll be made of coagulated emulsions of refrigerator magnets and the cone'sll be made of recycled clam packaging from cell phones and/or golf course clippings. the supertweeters'll be made of pot metal, and as per now, be at least 5db louder than they should be-- 20 for 'audiophile' applications.
fortunately, high efficiency will become necessary, as all amplifiers will be found in cufflink sized audio devices-- so 20mW amp chips'll be all the rage due to the lack of honest iron, so the 15 gauss magnets in the subs'll do just fine. since trees'll be extinct-- mdf made from toilet paper gleaned from the sewage processing plant will make speakers even HEAVIER however..
but that's just a guess...
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