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July 28, 2008

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Ed S.

People, understand one basic fundamental about iPod listening: it's not about high-fidelity. It's all about convenience. Just as the Philips Compact cassette (which begat the Walkman)was inferior to LP sound, it was mobile. It was customizable too, you were the DJ. Radio listeners like us are a whole 'nuther animal!

jeffrey McMahon

Indeed, if the iPod couldn't store thousands of songs and hundreds of playlists, it would have no cachet.

When good fidelity can be purchased in a similar format, the iPod may go extinct as small WiFi radios can play any playlist you want, but your music bank is in the "clouds," like cloud e-mail embodied by google mail. There will be perhaps google music.

Ed S.

I worked in quality control for a long time. If I learned anything, it is that the highest quality product is not always the one that succeeds in the marketplace. A good example was the Betamax. It was superior in quality to VHS, but VHS was more economical, ie, people didn't really care that the picture was fuzzy, they wanted to be able to record 6 hours on one cassette. Being able to record 5000 songs on one little ipod will always be the major selling point, and not fidelity, in my opinion.

Carrie

So iTunes is to music what McDonald's is to food.

Jeff

Tom Welch

A friend of mine owned a high end hifi store in San Antonio, Texas called "Concert Sounds". There was not an iPod to be found. His source for music was LPs. All the gear he sold was simple and served one function. He sold speakers from $5k to $14K and his clients were doctors, lawyers, and business owners. Some of the best hifi equipment made is built in the UK. He hated Best Buy and Fry's...they sold junk.

jeffrey McMahon

High end is a small niche market. The same people who drive Mini Coopers, eat sushi, and sip Perrier. If I could only be like that . . .

Ed S.

Hey, I represent that remark, Jeff!
I'm into high-end audio, eat sushi, drive a smaller-than-Mini, and sip filtered tap water. I even have some tubed componenets, heavens forfend. Radios with tubes, too.

Tom Welch

Here's the tube radio I'd like to own: http://www.sangean.nl/English/?opt3=TR-001&opt5=358

jeffrey McMahon

Ed,

You live the life part of me wishes to live. I have everything but the Mini in part because the repair costs frighten me.

jeffrey McMahon

Tom, which Sangean, the WiFi?


Tom Welch

Sangean WiFi radios are http://www.sangean.com/category.php?category_ID=12

jeffrey McMahon

Tom, is there one Sangean you want?

Tom Welch

Again, I'd like to buy that wooden tube radio Sangean makes but not sold in North America.

Carrie

Are you sure that wood tube radio performs well?

Thanks for the PR-D5 link review, when it comes out.

Jeff

Cyril

Jeff: What about the PR-D7 by the way? There was a lot of talk about it around this site a few month back, and now that it seems to be out, nobody seems very interested anymore. Unless I missed that. Or maybe you have decided that the PR-D5 is the way to go anyway despite the small speakers?

I won't comment on the hi-fi/lo-fi/ipod comments further up, as I'd hate to be the slightly out-of-topic, dissenting voice in this friendly conversation.

Let's just add: Perrier, sushi -- yes; Mini Cooper: no (too many kids) ;-)

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