Ah yes SMD
I remember 9 of the 16 cassette tapes on display (bought some as well), had one of the Nokia mobiles allocated to me as a works phone (I think No.2), recognise all of the floppy disk but only ever used the 5.25" and 3.5" disks, the 8" was before my time, owned a polaroid instant camera and owned a Betamax video recorder.
That really is digging up some very old memories.
I wanted to ask, if you were to buy a hi-fi system today what equipment would you go for?
For myself, I found this more difficult now than I did back in the 1970s, I guess there was more choice back then. And although I am unable to get very far in choosing a new system today I think I have made some headway.
Anyway guys, this is my choice do far:
1) The Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Most reviewer agree that whatever music you like this cartridge "Brings it".
2) The Schiit Mani PreAmp
When I first heard the name of this preamp I thought it must be German, but no, it's conceived and made in the USA, the name was an in-joke between the company founder and his wife.
Nevertheless, most reviewers say that this is a brilliant preamp at an affordable price.
3) The Jelco 750 MK2B Tonearm
This tonearm goes for a ridiculous price of about £440.00 but it's the only "S" shaped tonearm I could fined. I would much prefer the more affordable Technics tone arm but that seems to come in various bits and pieces to be assembled by the user, just like a jig saw puzzle.
4) Finally, for a turntable I would choose the Rega Planar P3 (without tonearm).
That what I would go for if I was to buy a hi-fi system today, I've not picked an amplifier or a pair of speakers yet but I'll keep looking.
After getting into surround-sound with movies I've had all sorts of amps, receivers and speakers over the years. But sadly the same gear wasn't particularly good with music, which became even more apparent when I started collecting and listening to multi-channel SACD's, DVD-A's and more recently Blu-ray Audio discs. So I've dug out my old analogue stereo amplifiers.
I'm currently in the process of moving my gear out from under the TV and onto some shelves beside my chimney breast so it's less 'in your face'. And at some point I'll probably hook-up my old Ariston RD40 turntable and give it a spin. It will need a good clean though and probably a require a new cartridge
That linked article brings back a few nostalgia fond memories, where all 33 obsolete technologies listed i have either come across, used or owned in the past
Must be showing my age
Hi UK Bob,
I haven't heard or had a demo of any of the HiFi equipment on my list below, but i would love to try this gear out at my home.
Dream System if i had the money
Linn Majik LP12 Turntable
Linn Ekos arm
Linn Aditk mm cartridge
Naim Nac200 series pre amp c/w phono stage
Naim Nap500 power amp
PMC Twenty 24 floor standing speakers
More Realistic System
Rega Planner 3 Turntable (Like you a good choice)
Rega RB330 arm
Rega Elys mm cartridge
Rega Elex-R amplifier c/w phono stage
Audiovector QR1 stand mount speakers
That's a coincidence i also own an old Audiolab 8000A amplifier which is gathering dust in the bedroom (if my memory serves me right i think it cost me around £400 back in about 1990).
The Audiolab came with a half decent mm / mc phono stage.
Never owned KEF speakers but always wanted to try the brand.
The amplifier i use in my two channel HiFi system nowadays is a Cambridge Audio 840a on the end of a pair of Audiovector Mi3 floor standing speakers
You guys really have your dream systems tied down, although I've heard of Audiolabs amplifiers and Kef speakers, and they have good reps, I'm not sure if I would go that way myself.
You know SMD
You reminded me that back in the day I toyed with the idea of moving up from stereo to quad sound, there were four competing systems, i.e. SQ, QS, CD4 and UD4 but none of them took off, talk about naff tech.
I don't know if either of you guys know this but the BBC, via radio 3 and 4, tried to introduce quadraphonic sound way back in the 70s but to receive the quad radio signals you would need a tuner, decoder and two amplifiers. I remember that that it looked pretty ridiculous (and ridiculously expensive) when they demoed it on TV.