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Shek
17 Dec 09,, 03:10
Technology has advanced at an amazing rate. My iPod Shuffle can hold 100 albums worth of music at a time. What forms of music have you owned? What's the best technology to listen to?

omon
17 Dec 09,, 03:28
had 33, 45, cassette, CD, mp3, and also had reel recorder the size of a medium suitcase.
IMO the best one is mp3, small, light, no rewinding, instant access to any of 1000's songs, even thou uncompressed cd have better sound quality, according to audio magazines, but i can't complain about mp3 sound quality.

also had a vacuum tube radio, the size of a small fridge, that thing was made in 50's, when i was leaving someone actually wanted it, for something other than garbage, it worked flawlessly all the time. not a single tube ever burned out. hard to find anything these days that will work as new for 40+ years.

Parihaka
17 Dec 09,, 03:47
i've got to pick CD's as the best thus far, my brother in law swears by 33's but he's positively anal about turntables and cleaning the records yadeyadeya. I do cheat with the digital players though in that I copy the CD's as 48,000khz wav files rather than mp3's. Much less storage but much better quality, as good as the original cd's.

Gun Grape
17 Dec 09,, 03:55
Have owned all but the MD (Whatever that is).

I'm a retired artilleryman. It all sounds good as long as you play it loud:biggrin:


But as Shek wrote, I am also amazed at the amount of songs I can carry on my MP3 player. Have almost all of my CD collection on it. Over 1000 songs. All on something a bit wider, but thinner, than a zippo.

Shek
17 Dec 09,, 04:00
Have owned all but the MD (Whatever that is).

MiniDisc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiniDisc)

I had one as a LT. It was 1/4th the size of a discman and you could actually have a few more albums with you since the discs were smaller. It wasn't enough of an improvement for many to ditch their CD/discman combo, and MP3s came out before the MD prices could drop enough to gain more popularity.

sappersgt
17 Dec 09,, 04:59
I've owned all but a MiniDisc. I also had a reel to reel my Dad bought me when I was in grade school, fun to play with, not very practical. My "Stereo" record (LP!) player had tubes, I spliced a jack to it and hooked up a "HiFi" receiver (tubes galore) and FM antenna to pick the "alternative rock" station in San Francisco. It was amazing how much heat those things put out! :cool::biggrin:

bonehead
17 Dec 09,, 07:44
All but the mini disk. My age is getting dated by this info.

sappersgt
17 Dec 09,, 08:01
I do cheat with the digital players though in that I copy the CD's as 48,000khz wav files rather than mp3's. Much less storage but much better quality, as good as the original cd's.

Now that's something I hadn't thought about. I had heard some complaints about mp3 quality. I'll have to ask some of my music aficionado folks what THEY do.


by omon
also had a vacuum tube radio, the size of a small fridge, that thing was made in 50's, when i was leaving someone actually wanted it, for something other than garbage, it worked flawlessly all the time. not a single tube ever burned out. hard to find anything these days that will work as new for 40+ years

My father in law had an old Grundig radio, more like a big piece of furniture than an electronic device. About the same size as a cupboard with fine cabinetry, it received every band you could think of!:cool::))

Parihaka
17 Dec 09,, 08:07
Now that's something I hadn't thought about. I had heard some complaints about mp3 quality. I'll have to ask some of my music aficionado folks what THEY do.


Just check that your player can actually handle the format

bolo121
17 Dec 09,, 09:43
Started out with a panasonic casette player in school, moved on to a mercury mp3 cd player that used to munch through a pair of duracells in 70 minutes :eek:.
A few years later spent all of my first salary on getting the ipod nano 2gb a week after it launched. Used it for five years, before i changed to an ipod touch this year.

Southie
17 Dec 09,, 13:19
All but the MD!

dave lukins
17 Dec 09,, 13:30
Technology has advanced at an amazing rate. My iPod Shuffle can hold 100 albums worth of music at a time. What forms of music have you owned? What's the best technology to listen to?

My wife recently won an ipod shuffle and almost threw it away thinking it was the security tag it's that small:eek:

dave lukins
17 Dec 09,, 13:33
Poor ol' RustyBattleship can't vote as you haven't given a wax cylinder option:))

tankie
17 Dec 09,, 13:56
Poor ol' RustyBattleship can't vote as you haven't given a wax cylinder option:))

:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: ere ang on warra am i laughing at , ive got one ,and the poll left out 78s :redface:

captain
17 Dec 09,, 14:23
Poor ol' RustyBattleship can't vote as you haven't given a wax cylinder option:))

Oi,,dont laugh, you'll get old one day!

I first started listening to music other than radio, on a HMV 78 gramaphone then graduated to reel to reel tape players, the last of which was a Toshiba stereo that my mother still has and still sounds pretty good compared to today's tech.
So what happened to those options in the poll? :P

The march of technology is realy quite amazing, especially what can be done if you play in a band.
Not that many years ago, bands that used backing tracks would have some of the most advanced and expensive equipment around and the backing tracks were mostly used as is or the were just beat boxes.

My pro muso mate can now create backing tracks from scratch using a sample sequencer that creates up to 24 track midis that are then converted into MP3 format and loaded onto an 8gb ipod touch.
Each track is about 100kb and the ipod plugs straight into the PA system producing a sound quality that is only very marginaly inferior to wav files.

That little ipod that is about 4" x 2.5" x 3/8" can hold more tracks than we could ever hope to play in a night plus many albums of between sets music and unlike all our other band gear, it is just carried around in your pocket.

I also have an ipod that can record vocals directly over an mp3 track so you can play back and listen to yourself and modify the vocals as many times as you like over the same tune.

The advances in technology in such a short time has been amazing.

Cheers.

Dreadnought
17 Dec 09,, 14:25
Have owned all but the MD (Whatever that is).

I'm a retired artilleryman. It all sounds good as long as you play it loud:biggrin:


But as Shek wrote, I am also amazed at the amount of songs I can carry on my MP3 player. Have almost all of my CD collection on it. Over 1000 songs. All on something a bit wider, but thinner, than a zippo.

:biggrin::biggrin:

Dreadnought
17 Dec 09,, 14:27
I have the new IPOD shuffle, tiny, weighless and hold up to 1000 songs. Great for working out, working or doing whatever, you dont even know its there.

*I have owned all of the above (yes 33's as well) and even posses a few records (old mind you) that are full sized but only play one sone per side.:))

Prof
17 Dec 09,, 14:53
That's odd. My wife just won one, too. New marketing technique? I, also, don't know what an MD is in this context, unless it's a physician slave who can be compelled to sing or play an instrument.

Prof

Rumrunner
17 Dec 09,, 15:09
I've owned everything but the 8-track and the mini-disc. Somewhere in some closet deep in the spider infested basement of my parents house are the sesame street 33's i listened to when i was a kid.

Blue
17 Dec 09,, 16:00
Had nothing but vinyl and 8-tracks till I got a cassette player when I was about 12. First car had a 8track that I swapped out for a cassette player.

About ten years ago we got a cd player and my first vehicle to have a cd player is the 97 Chevy K3500 that I still drive today and the stock stereo still will rock you till your ears ring.

No Mp3 yet and I'm guessing an MD is a mini-disc? but don't have one anyway.

I like CDs the best so far, but will probably buy an Mp3 one day just for the capacity and portability.

Have to figure out a way to hook one up to the truck stereo. I guess with one of those cassette adapters. The truck has AM/FM/Cassette/CD.

By the way, How many here still have a turntable and listen to vinyl? I have about 50 albums and it was my wifes idea to listen to them so we have had a nice Technics for over ten years now that still plays nicely, hard to find needles though.

captain
17 Dec 09,, 16:34
Had nothing but vinyl and 8-tracks till I got a cassette player when I was about 12. First car had a 8track that I swapped out for a cassette player.

About ten years ago we got a cd player and my first vehicle to have a cd player is the 97 Chevy K3500 that I still drive today and the stock stereo still will rock you till your ears ring.

No Mp3 yet and I'm guessing an MD is a mini-disc? but don't have one anyway.

I like CDs the best so far, but will probably buy an Mp3 one day just for the capacity and portability.

Have to figure out a way to hook one up to the truck stereo. I guess with one of those cassette adapters. The truck has AM/FM/Cassette/CD.

By the way, How many here still have a turntable and listen to vinyl? I have about 50 albums and it was my wifes idea to listen to them so we have had a nice Technics for over ten years now that still plays nicely, hard to find needles though.

7th, there is a little dodad that allows your ipod/mp3 player to transmit without wires, direct to your vehicle's stereo via the FM band in a similar way that you were able to pick up the sound track from a movie when you went to the old drive in movies.
Your local sound centre would have the answers.

For your turntable, there are still very high end turntables being produced but they are very expensive and I would guess the needles would be similarly expensive.

Another option that is quite cheap is to buy the patch cables/converter that will plug into the outputs on your turn table and conect direct to your PC so you can save all your albums to disc and/or burn them off as CDs as many times as you like.
When you get around to buying an MP3 player, your albums can be loaded onto it in the MP3 format.

Cheers.

BD1
17 Dec 09,, 17:51
have owned Vinyl, cassette, CD, MP3.
I like the Vinyl best the sound seems the most ´right´. When i first heard Cd it was way to sharp and it took some time to get used to it. I still like the cassette and Vinyl best , since it suits me best - i have trouble concentrating and since they make it harder to skip and fast-forward, i get the most of the record :)
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Dreadnought
17 Dec 09,, 18:50
Still spin some vinyl every now and then.;):))

Wooglin
17 Dec 09,, 22:26
Styx - Paradise Theatre, on 8-track. My first "album" of my very own.

Blue
18 Dec 09,, 15:26
7th, there is a little dodad that allows your ipod/mp3 player to transmit without wires, direct to your vehicle's stereo via the FM band in a similar way that you were able to pick up the sound track from a movie when you went to the old drive in movies.
Your local sound centre would have the answers.

For your turntable, there are still very high end turntables being produced but they are very expensive and I would guess the needles would be similarly expensive.

Another option that is quite cheap is to buy the patch cables/converter that will plug into the outputs on your turn table and conect direct to your PC so you can save all your albums to disc and/or burn them off as CDs as many times as you like.
When you get around to buying an MP3 player, your albums can be loaded onto it in the MP3 format.

Cheers. Thanks Cap! You can't have too many doo-dads you know!:biggrin::biggrin:

My wife can't understand why I have the ones I have now.:redface:

So the one that transmits FM, does it still sound as good through the veh stereo, I mean have that digital quality?

highsea
18 Dec 09,, 21:31
All but minidisk, add Reel-to-Reel, 78, and 4-track to that list. :redface:

TopHatter
18 Dec 09,, 22:06
All but minidisk, add Reel-to-Reel, 78, and 4-track to that list. :redface:

All but the MD and 33.

The MP3 has been nothing short of magical for me, and my iPod Video even more so.

captain
19 Dec 09,, 23:29
Thanks Cap! You can't have too many doo-dads you know!:biggrin::biggrin:

My wife can't understand why I have the ones I have now.:redface:

So the one that transmits FM, does it still sound as good through the veh stereo, I mean have that digital quality?

I don't own one but I am told they are very good providing the FM frequencies are not too cluttered.

Best to visit your local Hi Fi, doo-dad:) store and ask them for a demo using your vehicle, before you buy.
They may advise something else.

Good luck.

Cheers.