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  • Have You Upgraded Your Audio?

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    Today, technology plays a much bigger role than any other in our lives. Smart phones, tablets, Bluetooth, Skype, Facebook, 3D TVs etc. This list goes on and on.

    One area of technology that has also gotten an upgrade over the past 30 years are audio systems. Remember back in the day when you had a turn table, two wooden 'cinder block esq' look-a-like speakers, and an amp to play your groovy tunes? Sure, they still have those out there, but there are many more options available that are smaller, easier to use, yes expensive, but more durable in the long run. Take a look at this cool article from The New York Times's writer Steven Kurutz who explains further.

    Interested in setting up some new technology in your home but don't know how/trying to find the time? Give your Cleveland Contractors and Home Mechanics a call today!

    In his bachelor days in the late ’80s, Philip Elias lived in a town house in Pittsburgh wired for jaw-dropping sound.

    He owned a Bang & Olufsen Beocenter 9500 music system with three pairs of B&O Penta 3 tower speakers, each set up in a different room. Sometimes he would invite friends over and crack open a new album as if he were uncorking a great bottle of wine.

    The speakers, which cost around $5,000 a pair and required months of saving to buy, were as breathtaking in design as they were in sonic quality, Mr. Elias said: “Architecturally, they were sensual. Almost something out of the Museum of Modern Art. That was important. They made a statement above the sound.”

    These days, Mr. Elias, 58, is an advertising executive who lives with his wife and three children in a house in Pittsburgh with enough high-end audio gear to open a stereo showroom, including a Krell Showcase five-channel power amp ($4,500), Thiel CS6 loudspeakers ($9,000 a pair) and an Escient FireBall CD system ($4,000). Every year, he offers to buy his children a great stereo, he said, but they never take him up on it.

    “They’d rather have a laptop,” he said. “It’s dispiriting.”

    The Internet and digital technology have upended the music industry over the last decade or so, but high-end audio has arguably suffered an even greater blow. The industry’s very raison d’être — the nitpicky pursuit of superb sound reproduction, no matter the cost or complexity — is irrelevant to many music listeners today.

    Read more at The New York Times


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