Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fetish

Many of the people who have looked at my listing of things for sale have asked me, why do you have so many speakers???? Do you have some kind of fetish??

Well, uh, yeah, I think so.

My parents had a huge Magnavox stereo console when I was growing up. At least back then to a smaller than average 4-year-old Asian kid it looked huge. I would peer over the top and watch the records spin round and the tonearm go from the beginning of the record to the end. I know what you're thinking.. but hey, watch yourself because you know what trouble our president just got into for making those special olympics remarks...

I've always had an interest in hi-fi stuff, always pursuing better sound. In high school and college we'd go visit stereo stores like Pacific Stereo (are you old enough to remember their store in Santa Monica?) just to listen to various systems and compare how they sounded.

Do you also remember Rogersound Labs? They were a local outfit whose niche was selling speakers direct from their factory to the public, from their own outlet, which saved the cost of marking them up through the retail chain. They promised a full no-questions asked, money back guarantee if you didn't like their speakers.

One day David Ritchie and I drove to their Van Nuys location to audition the speakers. He even purchased a pair. We took them back to his house, hooked them up (I think in his bedroom, which to date is still probably the messiest room I have ever seen) and listened.

We sat there and looked at each other, both thinking the same thing. Were these the same speakers we heard in the showroom? They sounded.. well, they just sounded blah. Really flat - not as in a flat frequency response (that's a good thing to have), but flat as in soda with no fizz. Speakers are only supposed to reproduce the signal that is fed to them, but I don't know how to describe it. These just sounded lifeless. Something was missing.

We checked to make sure they were connected properly, which they were. We listened a while longer and finally David decided to return them. Back we went to Rogersound and after getting the third degree despite a no questions asked policy, he got a refund.

What's the point of all this? Nothing, really, it is just something that came to mind as I thought about all of the speakers that I've owned over the years. The majority of speakers in my ad are to be used for computers, not in the living room or den. I guess I have had so many of them because they are cheaper to replace than speakers for the main system.

Finally, I arrived at my current set, which I like very, very much.

Here's a picture of them. Pretty big for computer speakers, aren't they? But they sound really good so that's what matters. Now how long will those stay there? My current way of thinking says that those are good enough to be the last pair I will need and so that's the end of my quest.


I think that's what I said about the pair before them, though. Well, one of these days..

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