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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted August 24 2004 - 09:11 AM

So what do you guys think we'll see as the next trend in the color of components.

In the 70's wasn't it silver? Then black in the 80's-90's. Now back to silver or brushed aluminum and blue lights are everywhere.

Do you think we'll see the champagne color that seems to be more common overseas?

I would like to see maybe the champagne color with green lights or better yet, changeable lights. Being able to go into the setup and select what color you want the front panel lights to be.
Then your equipment will really stick out when your trying to focus on the screen.

Whatcha think?

#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Charlie C

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Posted August 24 2004 - 09:42 AM

I personally like the silver faced equipment better. I like the big brushed metal knobs with some blue lights somewhere. I like a clean and simple face with not much {maybe hidden like yamaha} on it. Im glad the IMac colors didnt get too much into the A/V market minus those cool looking minipods. I wish the trend went back to large horns and whatnot Posted Image then when its fashionable again to have big stuff, we all wouldnt have as many gf/saf problems Posted Image

#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Kenneth Harden

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Posted August 24 2004 - 05:41 PM

I love black stuff - because I hate anything bright (I think I am probably a vampire Posted Image )

#4 of 31 OFFLINE   BrianWoerndle

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Posted August 25 2004 - 02:07 AM

Why can't pepole be content with the same color. I have an all black theme until I got a new TV (direct view) and had no choice but to get a silver TV. This big silver square in the middle of a bunch of black boxes looks very out of place.
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#5 of 31 OFFLINE   John S

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Posted August 25 2004 - 03:01 AM

I hear you brian, about the time I got everything black, the new HDTV was Silver, then the new DVD player is silver, the new HD OTA tuner is silver, my HD Cable box was silver until I dumped cable hd. ect..ect..ect...

I have given up completely on matching components and/or display color schemes. I was peved a little about this when I went to purchase an HDTV, but I seem to have gotten over it as well as the significant other.

I guess my current color scheme and probably from now on, will just be silver and black, not so bad with enough of each to balance it out I suppose. lol

#6 of 31 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted August 25 2004 - 03:15 AM

Ok, so now that we know what you guys like and hate. What do you think will be the next trend in color?

You know, what I originaly asked?

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Posted August 25 2004 - 04:52 AM

silver plastic is just plain tacky (along with champagne). It only works if it's aluminum or steel or any other real metal. Because of the abundance of plastic in most of the low to mid-range stuff (the stuff I can afford), I prefer black. As for the future, working in retail, - it looks like more silver. Personally, I think a compromise is in order -graphite ->
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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   John S

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Posted August 25 2004 - 05:11 AM

Color trend for the future? I'll bet it eventually moves back to black from the current silver color trend... lol

#9 of 31 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted August 25 2004 - 05:33 AM

Aluminum can be anodized in dozens of colors Posted Image, dark purple or blue maybe red? I've also seen some units come chrome plated. There were these nice tube amps that I saw in a guy's setup that were a combo of blue and clear brushed aluminum and they looked good.

I don't really like gold/champagne in general, silver is OK. Marantz has some that are simply brushed aluminum with a clear or no coating, but they have an almost overly basic look to them that I don't quite like. Electroless nickel plating looks very nice on aluminum (much nicer than plain silver or clear) - shiny, but you can still see the grain, sturdy, easy to clean.

I can hide most of my components behind glass doors, so color doesn't bother me too much, but I still prefer basic black - brushed or powdercoated matte, not glossy.

Mabe the trend will move back to wood...
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#10 of 31 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted August 25 2004 - 05:52 AM

I'd like to see a gun metal blue or something like that.
Or maybe really dark colors that looked black until you really looked at them. Say like a dark dark green, or red or even a brown. Just really dark so you had to take a second look.

I know that's all any of us have time for to sit there and second glance our equpiment.

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Posted August 25 2004 - 06:10 AM

I am a blue LED on black guy and if its silver or champagne it better have orange lit tubes in it.Posted Image
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Posted August 25 2004 - 07:59 AM

Color aside, what I really miss are nice feeling volume knobs, and "clunky" source switchers. Old Sony stereo recievers had heavy feeling knobs with ball bearings. It always felt real nice to tune into FM stations, or fling the wheel from side to side (this was when I was a kid). Even on fairly expensive equipment these days you don't get kind of quality. About the closest thing I've owned was the Sim Audio I-5 - it's volume knob felt heavy but had super smooth turning. Sure, it's all about the remote these days but I still miss it.

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Posted August 25 2004 - 08:01 AM

I'll always remember fondly my old Marantz Model 3300 stereo preamp and Marantz Model 250 stereo power amp. Both hand-built, they featured heavy, gold-anodized aluminum faceplates. The preamp had a blue-tinted light bulb as a power-on indicator. And the power amp had those sexy, blue-tinted VU meters.

Such class.

Yet, even they were second-comers to the gorgeously styled stuff from McIntosh!

Let's hear it for the early '70s.

#14 of 31 OFFLINE   Lee Distad

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Posted August 25 2004 - 08:13 AM

I want to see components in anodized violet or shocking fuschia.

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Posted August 25 2004 - 08:29 AM

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Old Sony stereo recievers had heavy feeling knobs with ball bearings. It always felt real nice to tune into FM stations, or fling the wheel from side to side (this was when I was a kid).

I remember my dad's old 60s Pioneer stereo receiver with the gear reduced, belt driven tuning knob. Marantz still has this on the SR9300, though it is a dial, not a knob. It still has that smooth, fun feel too it.

How about CLEAR covers, like the demo 5803 I saw, so you can see all the cool stuff like the gigantic caps and power supply...

I wouldn't be surprised if you start seeing LCD displays with animation like car stereos these days. I like the Rotel that has the mini LCD built into the front panel.
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#16 of 31 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted August 25 2004 - 08:48 AM

There’s a thread over at HTT where a guy painted his new silver TV flat black!

http://hometheaterta...opic.php?t=8828

As far as the question, “What’s the next trend” – don’t know exactly what the next one will be, but I ‘m guessing it will eventually go to downright gaudy, as in car stereo head units. When that day comes I’ll be buying used gear for the rest of my life. Posted Image

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Posted August 25 2004 - 10:54 AM

Dude who painted his TV also has Bose speakers...NOOOOOOO.
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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Paul Stanley

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Posted August 26 2004 - 07:06 AM

Its already heading back to black, Samsung announced that they are not going to make silver things anymore. Although I personally believe that silver TV's are easier on the eyes when watching stuff.

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Posted August 26 2004 - 07:37 AM

Ahhh, I think I see it... yes...yes, maybe here it is.

The future trend I see in audio component colors will be subdued green hue, sort of olive drab, the kind of color you'd see on communications equipment riveted to the back of a US Army jeep.

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Posted August 26 2004 - 07:46 AM

Blame Canada Posted Image
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