Sticking with an Audiophile theme, I was surprised to learn its 50yrs of the Technic's SL 1200!?! https://www.technics.com/global/home/sl1200/50th-anniversary...
In the UK in the early 90's you couldn't get these for love nor money, not A stock, not B stock, not C stock because of the Rave/Acid house culture taking off (along with the de'rigueur Stanton cartridge), which is why this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ZxRs45tTg) will bring back some massive grins for some people! You know who you are! ;)
I'm trying to fetch one. At 1099 EUR it's kinda a steal: only 100 EUR more than a non-anniversary / unlimited one. And the (non limited) used ones anyway can easily go for 800 EUR.
It's not as epic as the 1995 limited run of 5000 gold-plated units (which, I'm sure, are now worth a little fortune so I'll never have one of these), but at 12 000 units that 50th anniversary run looks like a real bargain and the closest I can get to that 1995 collectible one.
Are you getting one?
Maybe one day but dont have the time for it.
Still alive and kicking in 2022
FWIW I've got the original version of Bicep Glue in my car as well as a one hour non-stop repetitive loop. I sometimes listen to that when driving. I love it.
OIC, yeah, now whilst its not Helter Skelter, Fantazia or something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOMT3bRJXOo I think The Prodigy discography perhaps best mirrors the evolution of the music scene & mood in the UK through this time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTBFZ-To2E
What alot of people dont know is its probably MI5 we have to thank for Ecstasy and the US Army. So the US Army rediscovered it and the spooks flooded the country to stop the fighting on the football terraces (no seating back then) as depicted in films like Football factory, but MI5 will deny it as it also spawned the darker side like the film Essex Boys.
The intro is the interesting bit here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3931692/
Today it worked however!
I have noticed for a few years now, sometimes websites are inaccessible with a direct click like in this situation but become accessible when a search engine results link to wherever is clicked on.
Back in my day we walked uphill to school both ways in the snow and bought our memes on paper at Spencer's Gifts.
I’m not sure what speed that tape is running at but I’m going to guess LP, + the effects of age +/- dirty tape heads — someone with too much time on their hands could analyze it and figure it out.
It looks like the original ad was shot on 16mm film.
Coincidentally, I used to record a weekend radio show that was on for 6 hours straight on to VHS tape HiFi tracks for playback later without having to flip the cassette.
That's really ridiculous. But when tracking, I like to give artists the choice of various R2R tape formats, as the technology got really very good before it was abandoned, and with it comes one of what are really non-linear effects, tape compression or tape saturation, which happen to sound pretty good when properly executed. Some people really love The Beatles production quality and want even thinner, slower tape.
But I know that's not what you were talking about. Analog tape cassettes iirc had 1/8" width of tape for 2 stereo tracks in opposite directions, basically a half-track stereo tape at 1+7/8ips, so effectively 4 slow mono tracks each 1/32" wide. The wider and faster the tape the better fidelity, so even metal cassettes were very poor quality, even compared to most consumer 1/4" R2R, and especially compared to 16-bit CD audio.
 Actually, tape was never completely abandoned, as tape formats are still produced and available, and there are even boutique R2R manufacturers, and even the ridiculously expensive profusely audiophile selections are still somehow compelling.[1a][1b]
SNR is signal to noise ratio.
Adults with disposable income introduced to Dolby Surround in the 80s for their home theater were still commonly using audio cassettes (no other recordable medium in the US really took off until CD-Rs - MiniDiscs had a small following, DAT even smaller and DCC failed completely (and probably just as well)) - so it's not even a later generation. However, it wasn't uncommon for a household to have multiple HiFi systems and maybe a Walkman or two - while Dolby Surround and home theater was comparatively less common.
Between cassette and surround sound there wasn’t much brand awareness for people who weren’t around for the era of tapes being popular.
As an 80s baby, I had no clue about Dolby tape technology, they are (to me) surround sound as that was becoming a consumer product around when Twister came out.
If you were born in the 80s, yes, Dolby and it's Double D logo was already a well established and recognizable brand on movie credit rolls and movie posters well before you were born.
No, DVD caused rapid consumer adoption specifically of Dolby Digital - which isn’t surprising since DVD was the first widely used digital movie medium in the West, but Dolby surround sound dates to 1976 in theaters and the 1982 as a consumer home video offering so nearly 20 years prior to DVDs. Most major movies throughout the 80s (thousands before Twister) were mixed in surround sound which was the mix available on the home video (ie both VHS and Laserdisc).
Here's a video tape from 1989 (look on the right side of the label):
> In the 90s people weren’t hyping Dolby tape tech, it was already the standard.
As was Dolby surround. In fact if anything the 90s is when Dolby got some serious competition from DTS and SDDS.
So I'm still not sure what the significance of 1996 is other than a personal one. I assume if you were 2 years older you'd say 1994 (and maybe Speed)?
I'd agree that clean sound in 5.1 was a selling point, but I'd state the picture quality had more of an immediately noticeable impact than the sound. You didn't need to purchase a new amp and speakers to notice the impact of the image quality. You could plug it into your existing TV and see an immediate difference.
Plenty of other things helped too like the elmination of "Be Kind, Please Rewind".
BTW, you've forgotten to mention THX. The audience is listening!
I still have a deck that implements Dolby B and C, as well as dbx NR.
(Don’t be fooled by the url date, that’s just the date gocomics reran it)
I found this collection of some of them: https://youtu.be/hmmcgSgt5_c
When i was a kid, we used to call these 'Simpsons moments' referring to the feeling of seeing the parody before the original. As the Simpsons has many cultural references, but is also popular with kids, many of us who grew up watching it had various 'now I get it' moments.
What's interesting is that's it's not obvious that there is a parody or reference at all if one is not familiar. I remember the Simpsons having terminator, 2001, and many other film references that I would have an aha moment years later when i finally understood it.