Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd May 2008 13:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV Many of us grew up with the idea of the component audio system. A receiver (or a separate preamplifier and amplifier), tuner (radio), record player, tape deck, and later on a CD player. If you were into more fancy stuff, you had a DAT or MiniDisc deck as well. While some of us cling on to this mindset like there's no tomorrow, the real world seems to favour a different method of consuming music. According to Erica Ogg (what's in a name), the component audio system is on its way out - thanks to the iPod and the commoditisation of music.
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It's not a farewell, merely a change...
by bb_matt on Sat 24th May 2008 06:43 UTC
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My brother was an Audiophile when we were growing up, choosing expensive cable to hook up his speakers, placing the speakers on plinths at optimum projection height, choosing the best equipment he could afford.

We would spend hours listening to his records, kept in immaculate condition.

Despite this, these days, I still find that a modern, decent mp3 player with high quality headphones provides a better music experience.

It's akin to the first time I listened to a Sony Walkman, some 24 years ago - that totally blew my mind, such was the novelty of a truly portable music device.

Yes, I'd agree, the days of the towering Hi-fi stack with it's monolithic speakers has gone, but look at what has replaced it - the home entertainment system.

Instead of a tower dedicated to sound, we have a tower dedicated to all types of media. Movies, music, games - they are all now in the same location as our beloved Hifi's used to be.

So cry to the decline of the Audiophile if you must, the rest of us will simply embrace this digital age and mark it down as inevitable change.

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