Arpangel wrote:I loved "back then" it was great, because? any improvements in sonic quality could be clearly heard, and they were a revelation to my ears, do bare in mind, I had little money, so anything half decent always blew me away, compared to my Dansette record player!
Plus, we all had this longing to hear what things sounded like in a "recording studio" it was a mysterious world to me, I thought "wow! it must sound incredible in there" and we’d always be trying to somehow get that mysterious sound with our own stuff.
It was a hopeful time, everything was improving constantly, in obvious ways, and we embraced those improvements unquestionably because they were so obviously "improvements"
Nowadays the improvements aren’t so obvious, if noticeable at all, and quality has reached a level where it’s just a matter of personal preference sometimes, it’s not like "back then" when it was so blatantly obvious things were actually "improvements" and no one doubted that, that was of course, until transistors took over from valves...
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Don't you go knocking transistors sir! They are the root of all the advances in audio electronics.
Yes, the early 'Geranium' devices were very feeble and rather noisy but with the coming of the Silicon planar transistor, at last we could have audio kit that was of great sound quality and PORTABLE!
The active monitor/PA speaker could never have happened. The biggest practical quality valve PA is about 100W and that bugger runs bloody hot.
In every technical department a well designed transistor amplifier is superior to a valve device. Valves really have only one 'quality' that sets them apart from Silicon. Distortion, more of it but of course some people like that.
Oh yes! Valves are largely immune to hard radiation but who will be left to listen?