Home General Asylum

General audio topics that don't fit into specific categories.

Radio Shack, Audiophiles, and Music.........

I think of your comment "I hear what others don't"...... I think others do hear it, but don't realize they hear it......

Why? I don't think the loss of interest in music and quality sound reproduction "just happened"..... I believe people are affected by RFI and the ills of digitized audio, they've been unimpressed with the music and/or the sound quality they're hearing, and don't realize it's the digitization is what has made them perceive the music that way......

And since such sonic means is almost the only option in the mainstream, the only music that seems interesting has become bombastic pre-fabricated pop and hip-hop. But it's not the type of music that will make one want to invest in a nice audio system.....

Radio Shack is just one of many casualties of this..... And maybe the largest in sheer scale...... I remember walking into a Radio Shack, and was bowled over at the sound of the bigger systems. Although ridiculed by audiophiles at the time (like Bose), it was the ultimate gateway for your average Joes to delve into audio and music. (Maybe Radio Shack should try marketing vinyl rigs and LPs again.)

I think people today are just as smart and interested in quality music as we were then..... There is just a lack of true means of luring them into quality sound..... So much so that the concept of high-fidelity sound reproduction has become foreign to recent generations.

The "true means" I mention is simply exposure to great music to where it's perceived as great music. Whether live or via a nice audio system. It was readily accessible when I was younger (not just Radio Shacks but also most record stores), but it just isn't accessible now. I think the music going in the direction it has is largely an adaptation to the diminished enjoyment of it through digitized technological means. Engineers didn't foresee it then, and a lot of them vehemently deny such phenomena now..... But I've stood my ground here..... Not because "my hearing is better" (it certainly isn't), but merely my selfish persistence to sustain my personal enjoyment of music via what I believe are compromised facilities in recent time.

Edits: 03/09/17

This post is made possible by the generous support of people like you and our sponsors:
  Analog Engineering Associates  

Follow Ups Full Thread
Follow Ups
  • Radio Shack, Audiophiles, and Music......... - Todd Krieger 16:13:45 03/09/17 (1)


Post a Message!

Forgot Password?
Moniker (Username):
Password (Optional):
  Remember my Moniker & Password  (What's this?)    Eat Me
E-Mail (Optional):
Message:   (Posts are subject to Content Rules)
Optional Link URL:
Optional Link Title:
Optional Image URL:
Upload Image:
E-mail Replies:  Automagically notify you when someone responds.