Ralph Nader? Rush Limbaugh (sic?).? Just a guess :~)
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After a little bit of web research I found the term High Fidelity has been in use since 1935. The tone of the article suggests it is written for a general audience with disposable income. Since the depression of the 1930s and WWII of the 1940s would have made this type of article uncommon, I'm going to say it is post-WWII. Also the article mentions crowded audio shows, which means people had money and leisure time to spend which really didn't hit full force until the 1950s. This type of audio would have fit in well with the "modern" consumerism of the 1950s as well. So, I'm picking the 1950's as the decade, and the Saturday Evening Post as the publication.
Some good guesses here. Some of you are closer than others in terms of time-frame, but none of you are close in terms of personalities or where it came from. I will divulge my reference for this material, but only after we've had some fun with this thread.
Other than that, what are your thoughts on the subject matter? Is it right on the money, should it be taken with a grain of salt, is it full of bull, etc ???? Sean
PS... For those of you that emailed me privately and wanted to know the source, play the game. The winner gets an all expense paid date with their choice of any Hollywood movie-star i.e. dead people don't count. To make this a bit more fun and revealing of our personalities / preferences, please list the living person that you would want the date with. While i'm not eligible to win the all expense paid date, my vote would go for Drew Barrymore : )
You guys are killing me with emails of random guesses. Email me ONLY if your CERTAIN that you have the answer, otherwise, throw your hat into the public arena with a guess. Each guess should contain the following:
1) The person that you think said / wrote / was quoted for these statements
2) What year it was first made available to the public in
3) The format in what the information became available in i.e. a press release / advertisement from a manufacturer, an interview with the individual in a magazine, a published article written by the author in a magazine, a book that the writer had published, etc...
If someone gets a partial answer, i'll point out what part of the answer they got right. In other words, if Joe Piscopo submitted "John Lennon, 2005, quoted interview in magazine" and the year was right, i'll specifically say that Joe Piscopo got the year right. From there, you guys have to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I will say that the person that wrote this is a well known audio figure of the past, but maybe not as well known as Julian Hirsch : )
One hint since you guys seem lost. I'll start off by saying that the written text qualifies as being "vintage" or "antique". That is, it is over 25+ years old. Other than that, do you guys agree / disagree with what was said in the text? Sean
I have no idea who said it. If no one gets it right and you have a lottery for the prize and I win,I want a slutty brunette with a three digit IQ,sort of a cross between Catherine Zeta Jones, Angelina Jolie, Winonna Ryder, Salma Hayak,and Lucy Liu.
I agree with what the author said but offer this update. I suspect the distance has shortened between low fi and hi fi over the last quarter century and equipment is now reliable enough that it's less of a gamble to buy things unheard(If you have a return privilage.).
If you order a built to order Dell Computer,you know from the specs what you are going to get.
In the same vien,I think that Odyssey,Van Alstine,and Madisound are on to something. You can get good equipment without having to pay for the retail step and commissioned salespersons. The things I want to hear in my room is the speakers and I got lucky with the Maggie 1.6s.
None of the above and nobody has even remotely come close on the private emails either. As i mentioned, I will confirm the validity if someone gets "part" of the answer correct, so the more guesses out there, the more potential clues that you have to figure things out. After all, somebody has to be able to guess at least what year it was published. From there, that might give you a better idea of what "famous" audio personalities were around and on the rise. Don't expect a full answer until late Monday night though unless someone gets it all correct. We've got to give the "i only use my computer when i'm at work" crowd a chance. Maybe those people can actually follow the suggestions that i made too in terms of ONLY emailing if your certain of where the quote came from AND what info should be included in one's posted "guess". Each one of you that sent me a "guess" without knowing for certain that it was the correct answer owe's me a date with Drew ( or a suitable substitute ) : ) Sean
Okay, finally some progress here. Nighthawk was close enough on his second guess that i've got to give you a clue. The origins of this text can be found in 1962, but it was updated and expanded in 1965. The person that is responsible for these statements has not been mentioned as of yet though, nor has the manner in which it was made available to the public.
At least you know what time-frame you're looking at now. After all, how many "famous" audiophiles and / or designers and / or manufacturers and / or reviewers were around back then??? : ) Sean
PS... Please review the list of names and printed sources already posted before submitting your guess. Each wrong answer that you repeat will get you thirty lashes while chained up in a stockade from Uma Thurman. Expect no mercy as she'll think your name is "Bill" : )
It sounds like it could be a speech. Before the IEEE meeting? I'd guess that whoever wrote it was peripheral to the topic -- probably not an audio reviewer or dealer. I'm thinking it's a manufacturer who wasn't getting a fair shake -- thought maybe the president of Heathkit but 1962 was a transition year for them so that's out. Any of this close Sean?
I'll give you folks a bit more of a hint here. This person was editor of the following magazines: Radio Communications, TV and Radio Engineering, Communication Engineering, Audiocraft and High Fidelity. He's also worked as a design engineer for at least two different respected audio manufacturers. This person is so well known in certain audio circles that there is at least one audio term named after him. Much of his research and design innovations have found their way into many, many different products over the years. Needless to say, this was a very wise and influential individual. Then again, you should have already known that judging by the comments he made that i posted above : ) Sean
PS... I have to leave for work, so i won't be updating / checking responses during the day. As such, we'll have to wait until i get back home tonight to see who, if anyone, is going out on a date and / or getting whipped by Uma : ) Sean