Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sound - 1

It is nearly fifty years since movie-going audiences worldwide were thrilled by the musical 'The Sound of Music'. Despite the wide cultural gaps and a Euro-centric theme, the movie gained acceptance the world over largely on the strength of just one thing-- music. No wonder the studios are planning to cash in on its timeless appeal by releasing a Blue-ray disc on its 45th anniversary this year.

<<http://culturemob.com/blog/the-sound-of-music-50th-anniversary-concert-today-with-theodore-bikel-and-kate-baldwin >>
<< http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/sound-of-music-45th-anniversary-theatrical-sing-a-long-oprah-show-collectors-dvds/ >>

Young or old, male or female, white or black or yellow or red or green....(ha, ha, ha, people come in so many colours! ) ...music is the one thread that unites us all. I trust we are in agreement there.

And wasn't it Shakespeare who made Orsino, the lovelorn Duke in Twelfth Night, say:
"If music be the food of love, play on...give me excess of it...."

We all, lovelorn or not, love music. Period!

How could you be so sure?


Look at the prices of hi-fi equipment and look at the smug smiles on the faces of the audio equipment designers-- that is the barometer of mankind's love of music. Spending money on good sound is as old as man.... I mean as old as since when 'good sound' could be had for money! Taking a look at the 'high-end' audio equipment scene today (and being shocked and dazzled by the stratospheric prices!) would take one whole post. Still here is a taste of the 'exotic'!

Six feet tall +  half a ton + 20,000 watts. Is that a teraflop supercomputer or a 'humble' audio amplifier?

Time machine or a work of modern art? Recognize a loudspeaker?!!

Call that a CD player? How dare you?!!

Truly 'high-end' amplifiers: << http://www.higherfi.com/audio_amps/1  >>
'Money no object' speakers: << http://www.higherfi.com/audio_speakers/1 >>
'State-of-the-art' digital gear: << http://www.higherfi.com/audio_digital/1 >>
'Interconnects'--that is 'cables' for us: << http://www.higherfi.com/cables/1 >>

This is ONLY a sampling, the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. High-end audio is what can make even the 'super rich' quake in their shoes and go weak in their knees when they focus on the price tag! Ah, but then what is money when you love music..... ;-)

more to follow

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