You have already started a post about this before
Wow the posting police are out tonight.
@jusam I like post modern architecture, furniture and Scandinavian furniture designs.
I also like Italian motorcycles like the old Laverdas and Moto Guzzi Daytona.
Art wise I love Escher and Dali.
Good thread to revive no matter what @riley804 thinks. BTW riley he did not start that thread looks like you arrested the wrong guy.
Jusam..great topic. I have mostly Pass Labs gear that sounds/looks amazing. I also have a VPI Prime Signature Rosewood turntable...which is beautiful also. The comparison to sports cars would be....Yes in a performance car I want both also..looks and performance. I don't need a fast car that's ugly as hell.
Hmm. Just for looks.
I like meters. I have two Carver M-500t amps, two Pass X600 amps, etc, And a Magnum Dynalab Etude.
I like lights. I never had a 70s or 80s vintage Japanese receiver, but they had great lights. -- Kenwood, Pioneer, Sansui, etc. (Called them "Tokyo at night.") I even lusted after the Heathkit AR15.
Extra exotic doodads, like the oscilloscope on the Marantz 10B. (Never had one tho)
I actually like the dark glass faceplates on McIntosh electronics. Only ever had an MR78.
I like really complex-looking gnarly form-follows-function tonearms, like the Triplanar. (Never had one)
@secretguy - the Empire coffee table speakers were also beautiful, but I can’t recall anyone ever saying they’ve even seen one. Whoever was design those old Empire products had real insight into how products should look IMO.
My black, piano gloss Usher CP-6311 floor standers with the cherry wood side panels are very handsome; the simple, elegant design of my Clearaudio Concept Wood turntable with it’s baltic birch, constrained layer plinth and Satisfy Carbon Fiber tonearm is also a looker; and my fully restored Marantz 2285b receiver with brushed aluminum faceplate, cool Davison Spencerian font, sexy blue-on-black LED backlighting meters/tuner dial display, and beautiful walnut case is quite easy on the eyes.
I don't recall the original Airliner serving food, but maybe.
Think a housemate's mother may have taken us to George's.
I didn't have the money to eat out then and though I didn't drink much either I would go to Gabe and Walkers and play table soccer for drinks if I had the urge.
I sometimes have daydreams of moving back to Iowa City, but the reality is that I can no longer handle the Winter weather (the main reason I moved to CA in 1977).
@deadhead1000 Back then my friends all had Marantz receivers and mostly JBL speakers. I was an outlier with the Sansui and ESS’s. I miss the displays of those receivers, intricate and cool! They got a lot of us, like me and you, hooked on audio.
I also had a Nak, died a few years back though. What cartridge do you use on the Empire? A friend had the Empire way back when and used a Shure V15 III, I myself had to settle for a Pioneer PL-530, the Empire was way too expensive for me back then, and a Shure M95E.
Funny how I remember my first….all the best to you.
I haven’t thought about this for so long I’m kind of astounded I remember! I also had a Shure V15 III along with an Empire 2002 (bought with the TT) and a couple of Stanton 681EEE’s which I thought sounded the best. Haha, what a blast from the past! Thanks for the conversation, I really enjoyed reliving these memories!
I like odd sized gear, Brit shoe box sized integrated amps & separates, triangular cassette decks like the one from Yamaha & Nakamichi or top loading ones like the early Tandberg cassette decks, The 200 series of Meridian gear, boxy CD players like Proceed PCD2. Fi X & Y and most tube amps with their tubes exposed. Also the tall cassette decks like the early Akai or computer keyboard Aiwa ADF series.
Additionally, a stack of Perreaux, Tandberg, or Revox gear is eye catching as well as is a stack of ads Atelier.