Cheap Hi Fi - the joys
About 10 years ago I sold my high end HiFi that I bought in the 80s with Erasure royalties (thanks guys!) - which was based around Audio Research amplification and Sonus Faber loudspeakers. It was a wonderful sonic experience in my Berlin Apartment and our Covent Garden Apartment but I could never make it work in the setup space available in our North London Apartment, so after some heartache I sold it. I decided to replace it with another “state of the art” system, but this time as cheap as possible.
I researched the magazines and websites (What Hi-Fi I think) and settled on a mini Denon CD/Tuner/Amp integrated unit and Wharfedale Diamonds. I bought cheap speaker stands, filled them with Sand and Atabytes, appropriate speaker cables, and the cheapest Project Debut Record Deck available. This system did great service for many years and is now in our Granny Flat. I really enjoyed listening to it recently when I was preparing the flat for the arrival of Mother-in-Law. Such a great sounding and musical system, it constantly delights and surprises me, whether radio, CD, TV/DVD sound, Vinyl or streaming via Airport Express.
You really can get a wonderful listening experience from a really cheap setup.
The Power of Photography
Recently I was reminded in a profound and simple way just how powerful photography is. I forget this because photographs are everywhere in my life, and everyone in my life is making them all the time. I went to Italy to visit friends and meet their child. The child is 3 years old and we have never met, but I have seen many pictures of her over the years. When I did meet her I felt (strongly) that I knew her somehow, and I realised that this has mainly come from seeing photographs of her over the least 3 years. This was a light-bulb moment for me. How could I experience such a strong feeling of connection with someone who I had never meet? This was and is a good wake up call for me. The Power of Photography.
And how much more powerful might television be, with sound and moving pictures and a story. Scary stuff.