Originally Posted by Matt2026
Again, thanks for your kind offer Alan.
Yeah, the MP3 generation just isn't wired, in general IMO, for something that takes more than a thumb push
I'm definitely the product of a different generation, although I do listen to MP3 music but I also listen to CDs and vinyl
Oh yeah, I still have a rotary telephone that works even if the power goes out
It almost seems like audiophile is not big in US. It's big in Hong Kong where I came from, it's big in Asia and in Europe also. People spent big money in their system. I have a theory, over here, car is the biggest ticket item ( not talking about house) where people spent their money. In Hong Kong or other places like Japan etc., a car is not very useful as it's big city like NY, you take taxi or bus as there's no parking space. So people have more money to spend on other things and hifi is very popular.
If it's not for HT, hifi would be even less popular. Here, I know a lot of people that are into nice cars, I yet to know anyone into hifi audiophile, not even HT.
I definitely out of the loop on the new stuffs. My most up to date( say out dated) knowledge is Dobby 5.1. Now when you guys talking about 7.1 or whatever, I don't even know what you are talking about. Somehow, I just don't like surround sound even though my main use of the system is watching TV. As I said before, I had the surround sound setup took down when I moved, the rear speakers are in the shed out in the yard!!! I have a spare Acurus 3 channels 200W amp, Kef and Monitor Audio speakers sitting around. All I need is an AVR preamp(or whatever you guys call) and I can run the surround sound again, just never want to even try it anymore.
High end amps really have not changed much....if any in the last 30 years. I am very into power amp and designing my own. I talked on forums and read a lot of books, high end stuffs have not change since the 80s. Yes, you have the class D and other middle of the road stuffs that produce good quality sound in reasonable price. But beyond that, it's the same. I bought the Nakamichi PA-7 that's 30years old, I studied the circuit before I bought it. It's still as good as ever. I bought it for $700 used with problems. Spent $200 buying parts to fix and overhauled it. Now it's as good as ever. Hopefully in half a year, I will have my own design build and I expect to beat the Nakamichi by a lot.