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    The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    big title followed by pure crap.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    The author answered his own question. There is a market for "retro-themed" vintage looking products. An "infatuation with nostalgia" might have something to do with the fact that audiophiles are aging.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    The author answered his own question. There is a market for "retro-themed" vintage looking products. An "infatuation with nostalgia" might have something to do with the fact that audiophiles are aging.
    "audiophiles are aging." Yep. I guess that's why I still like classic cars
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    I just realized I am not old, I'm retro.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    The author answered his own question. There is a market for "retro-themed" vintage looking products. An "infatuation with nostalgia" might have something to do with the fact that audiophiles are aging.
    My take is that young folks are the ones who are more interested in the retro looks. They do it for aesthetics as opposed to the sound. Plus they are also interested in convenience.
    To capitalize on that trend, many well known manufacturers (Klipsch, JBL, McIntosh, et.) now offer retro-looking powered speakers which allow the convenience of streaming from a mobile phone ('look ma! No wires!').

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    To capitalize on that trend, many well known manufacturers (Klipsch, JBL, McIntosh, et.) now offer retro-looking powered speakers
    Maybe we'll see more rain louver tweeters again.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    I want to get a furniture console unit with the built in speakers and flip top with access the the TT. It is almost mandatory to have the weaved cloth speaker grills.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    I want to get a furniture console unit with the built in speakers and flip top with access the the TT. It is almost mandatory to have the weaved cloth speaker grills.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    To this day I still have fond memories of our families first console stereo, a Stromberg Carlson piece made in Rochester , NY. Circa 1961, still remember laying on the floor mesmerized by the stereo sound ...........
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    My Volti speakers look very retro and the red gum veneer is fantastic. Their looks got my attention and their performance closed the deal. I guess I am just old and nostalgic.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    And AJ has to go make it interesting. I could actually put a piece like that in my house, and my wife would love it. And actually I would enjoy to look at it. As long as it sounded good. I actually believe a piece like that would be a good way to get people into a decent stereo. Something that sounds good and looks good in a small Apt/Condo. Even a home with kids and stuff. Looks physically protected.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    And AJ has to go make it interesting. I could actually put a piece like that in my house, and my wife would love it. And actually I would enjoy to look at it. As long as it sounded good. I actually believe a piece like that would be a good way to get people into a decent stereo. Something that sounds good and looks good in a small Apt/Condo. Even a home with kids and stuff. Looks physically protected.
    I actually had no idea they were still making stuff like that till I Googled and found the one linked, audiophile price included. Maybe I'll have to do an unaudiophile one with force cancelling cardioid bass etc. Throw in some tubes and weave for that retro feel.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    I have a KLH Twenty Plus system at work and itís the only hifi my wife will let me display above ground level in the house. Hereís a link. Had it restored and sounds great.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Describing Fyne as "a speaker manufacturer barely old enough to be out of nursery", without mentioning its connection to Tannoy and the massive 90+ year history there, is extremely sloppy.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by RDSChicago View Post
    I have a KLH Twenty Plus system at work and itís the only hifi my wife will let me display above ground level in the house. Hereís a link. Had it restored and sounds great.
    klh twenty plus - Google Search
    Nice!

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    IMO, there's a difference between "retro" and "Timeless"

    PT Cruiser is retro-----Audi R8 Spyder is timeless


    Crosley plastic old time radios are retro----TiVoli radios timeless


    Timeless serve a function....retro serves a visual

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    My take is that young folks are the ones who are more interested in the retro looks. They do it for aesthetics as opposed to the sound. Plus they are also interested in convenience.
    To capitalize on that trend, many well known manufacturers (Klipsch, JBL, McIntosh, et.) now offer retro-looking powered speakers which allow the convenience of streaming from a mobile phone ('look ma! No wires!').
    Exactly. Look at the highend watch community, there are many reissues of classic Rolex, Omega and Breitling watches.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    When it looks like retro the resell value will drop too to a retro price, even when it was originally an expensive item.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1225 View Post
    Exactly. Look at the highend watch community, there are many reissues of classic Rolex, Omega and Breitling watches.
    Jeff, which Rolex watch got reissued ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Jeff, which Rolex watch got reissued ?
    There has been several including the one I own, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss. Discontinued in the 1980's at brought back in 2007 due to the high demand in the used market.

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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1225 View Post
    There has been several including the one I own, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss. Discontinued in the 1980's at brought back in 2007 due to the high demand in the used market.
    Thanks. I still have my 1963 5513 Submariner. Goes in each year for a checkup and back in the safe.
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    Re: The ugly truth behind HiFiís growing infatuation with nostalgia

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Thanks. I still have my 1963 5513 Submariner. Goes in each year for a checkup and back in the safe.
    Congrats, that watch is worth a fortune now.
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