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Who needs hi-fi? I've LO-FI !


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted October 23 2001 - 01:26 PM

I bought a new radio-alarm clock yesterday. After all the recent discussions about shoddy Marantz receivers, Onkyo 696's being powered by underfed squirrels, and the mountainous spectral response of Bose speakers, I thought I'd better check the specs on my new clock.

The radio output is rated at, "200mW at 10% THD"

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Although I fear that may be exaggerated; hopefully an audio magazine will publish a more detailed analysis soon.

What about you? What sorts of lo-fi products do you own?

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted October 24 2001 - 02:22 PM

Well, I have a mini system... it was my first, and also my first HT: 5 speakers and DPL... -- Holadem

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Kelley_B

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Posted October 24 2001 - 02:53 PM

At work I have these speakers that take batteries plugged into my pc, thats lo-fi!

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin P

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Posted October 25 2001 - 07:37 AM

I have a 23 year old Radio Shack digital clock radio that still gets me up every morning. How's that for LO FI? Posted Image

It was my first AM/FM radio too. Still works great.

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Posted October 25 2001 - 07:42 AM

heck, I have an old Electrophonic receiver downstairs with a built-in 8-Track!! And old speakers where the speaker wire is built in and the receiver's backpanel is made of pressed wood. And you know what, it works great too. The left channel is a bit dusty and int but as long as you don't move it, it works. It has a lit up glass round tuning dial that drifts and Multiplexing and Bass and Treble controls. Ooohhhh, must of been a deluxe model. Jay
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Posted October 25 2001 - 10:43 AM

"Electrophonic receiver downstairs with a built-in 8-Track"
8-Track! I'm jealous. I used to listen to Trucker songs on my grandparents' 8-track player, as a kid. Brings back memories. "Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around." Posted Image

Growing up, my dad had a 10-20 year radio in the garage. I think it was older than I was. But it kept on playing, longer than any other piece of electronics I've known. AM/FM, mono, probably 1W power.

Regarding mini-speakers -- in high school, selling fund-raiser stuff, I "won" a pair of mini-speakers for a walkman. They probably had 1/2" cones, and were powered by the headphone out of a portable radio. Not exactly high-fidelity.

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Posted October 25 2001 - 11:02 AM

Where else can I play my 8-Track version of Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted October 25 2001 - 11:07 AM

Ha, I can beat you all...
when I was little, I made a real lo-fi system, consisting of an old turntable that didn't work, a sheet of paper rolled into a cone, a piece of tape and a sewing needle.
Here's what I did: took the paper cone, taped the needle to the pointy side of the cone, put a record on the turntable, started spinning it (by hand, of course), put the needle on the record, and leaned the cone against my hand. Voila! Lo-fi sound coming out, clearly audible, from the paper cone.

Sure, I only used this a couple of times, but it was fun... Posted Image

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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted October 25 2001 - 12:29 PM

MickeS -- You're my new Lo-Fi hero! That's awesome!

Reminds me of my college DJ days - when spinning the vinyl, you could scream at the needle, and it would faintly pick it up. Listeners would hear faint voices in the music Posted Image

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Posted October 25 2001 - 01:52 PM

hehe... until a couple weeks ago when I trashed them, in my bedroom stereo system I had my dad's old old old (insert about 20 more 'old's) Virtuoso speakers (they are dated back to the late 60s, early 70s) with built in speaker wire... and I also have his old Rotel amp (with pressed wood back and silver front)... feel the power Posted Image

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#11 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted October 25 2001 - 02:44 PM

Somewhere, I think, my dad still has his circa 1970 Reel-to-Reel player. Though hi-fi at the time, it's lo-fi now from years of neglect and abuse.

He pulled it out of the attic a couple of years ago, and fooling around with it. The most amusing thing, though, was watching the cat chase the trailing tape Posted Image




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