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Hilarious audiophile documentary

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  1. NashvilleDeluxe

    NashvilleDeluxe Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2007
    Laurentians, Quebec

    I can totally see myself mirrored in this 1959 documentary about audiophiles. "Do they love the music, or do they love the equipment?"

    And don't pretend your heart didn't skip a beat when they panned to all the "cutting edge" tube amplifiers and discussed ultra linear technology.

  2. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I was a boy in the 60's and this was my dad with his reel to reel tapes. I only cringe when I remember all the tube amps we had on his garage work bench. No idea where they all ended up. He's 78 this year and doing alright. I'll ask him when I see him this Mother's Day.
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  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    I remember having something like this in the house in the mid-60s (don't recall that satellite unit, though):

    Don't recall my folks actually using it all that much, but we kids sometimes played Herb Alpert and TJB (Whipped Cream and Other Delights!), and jammed along with our collection of maracas, castanets, claves, and guiro.
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  4. SURF

    SURF Tele-Holic

    Jan 23, 2010
    They are imprinted as a tone standard for you. My dad also had a tube reel2reel in 60's. I liked to listen to guitar singers (often distorted). It was magic for me. The first thing I did to discover the source of magic - perforated the grill and the speaker. Good boy I was. Dad is 83.

    Can't see the video.

  5. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    Back in the late 50s I didn't even know anything other than a scratchy sounding 78 turntable with a little thingy for 45s existed. I went over to a guy's house whose dad was a cop, but his folks were rich compared to anyone I knew, and he showed me their hi fi record player. I felt like the guy in the movie Fire when he saw the woman start a fire on her own. I was overwhelmed at the beauty of the sound. Probably not even close to the sound quality of a telephone with earphones today, but then? Man....

  6. cabra velha

    cabra velha Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Jan 21, 2016
    estados unidos
    My folks had a similar unit only no satellite, you could load it up with 4 or 5 LP's and it would play for a couple hours. It was tube and I would estimate something like 10 or 12 watts, nice wood cabinetry.

    In retrospect this thing was an enormous influence on me as a child, all the music I was exposed to through my parents peculiar musical tastes, soundtracks for movies like Hatari, and Laurence of Arabia, just a teensy bit of classical that got me curious, my mom liked certain kinds of "guitar music" such as Glenn Campbell and Roy Clark, and then of course there was her Elvis collection.

  7. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 23, 2003
    my neighbors back in Oakland CA tossed one of those out. No tubes, it was an early transistor model... but it had two very nice original alnico Jensen P12Q speakers.

  8. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    When I first moved out of my parent's house to Virginia I rented a house that had one of those cabinet units in it with a whole bunch of old classic rock vinyl. I couldn't even begin to count the number of hours I spent setting records to play at 1/2 speed and figuring out licks straight from the vinyl. Great times!!

  9. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006
    My dad would be 94. He built tube amps and speaker cabinets. My older brothers let them slip away.

  10. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    loved that footage! thank you:0)

  11. bobspez

    bobspez Tele-Meister

    Started off as a teenager with a transistor radio and a portable record player with the speaker in the lid. I went through the quest for better sound to a point. Built my own speakers, found some better than average components and a good turntable and stylus. Had the AM-FM Blautpunkt radio in the car. The biggest addition to my sound however was a unit that lit green, red and blue colored lights behind an opaque screen, based on the beat and frequency of the notes of the music. I'd turn off the room lights at night, and watch the room change colors in time with and according to the notes in the music. Over time that all faded. Now I mostly listen to songs on youtube with my PC speakers or on the oldies cable TV channel with just the TV speakers. Haven't used my turntable in several years. Just play CD's through the amp and my speakers when we have company.

  12. CWP0126

    CWP0126 Tele-Meister

    Apr 2, 2016
    Cool video, thanks for sharing!

    The on-air music critic reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory for some reason.

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