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25
aug

Steve Jobs ‘ long-lost Stereo System

Steve Jobs was a closet audiophile. Yes, the man responsible for the iPod and the global domination of low-res MP3 files had a serious Hi-Fi fetish. As musician and audio quality champion Neil Young said in 2012, “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.”

This wasn’t a just wealthy man indulging in some hipster fantasy. Jobs’s analog roots ran deep, stretching back to at least to 1982. That’s when photographer Diana Walker snapped this candid portrait of him in his Woodside, California home. Other than the Tiffany lamp, the room’s only furnishings are a clutch of stereo components and a small stack of vinyl LPs. The shiny boxes loom large in the background like sacred totems, which is precisely what they were to Jobs. They embodied everything he held dear in high-end industrial design: clean lines, quality materials and workmanship, outstanding performance–price be damned. Although he would eventually upgrade to far more exotic equipment, like six-figure Wilson Audio speakers, this old school rig is still considered serious audio porn today. It should have been shipped off to the Smithsonian, preserved behind glass. But, like so many of the toys that famous men collect, it simply disappeared. Fortunately, the photograph and the forensic evidence it contains, remain.

For the curious, if you were to put together this same stereo rig today by picking up the components on the used market, it would cost about $8,200 — not including the records.

 

TurnTable: Today, you can pick up a MK1 GyroDec for about $1,500 used or $2,500 new. Over the past several decades, the company has made incremental improvements to the turntable, but the basic design remains unchanged.Michell Engineering

Speakers : The young Steve Jobs was not into puny bookshelf speakers. While he owned a slightly different model of these electrostatic Acoustat Monitor 3s (his had a wood riser base and a rare white grill cloth), these electrostatic speakers still were renowned for their smooth midrange.

The records : The three identifiable albums in the photo include: Bach Brandenberg Concertos (Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice André; RCA), Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Songbook (Vol. 1, Verve) and Steely Dan’s Aja (ABC).

Preamp : The $1,200 (on the used market) FET-One was Threshold’s reference preamp when the company was at its peak in the late ’70s. It was designed to be paired with best power amps, like the STASIS-1 in the next slide.Threshold Audio Inc.

Poweramp : The $2,000 (on the used market) STASIS-1 is a 200 Watt per channel monoblock beast that looks like Darth Vader’s table radio.Threshold Audio Inc.

Tuner : The Denon TU-750s digital tuner isn’t the best looking piece of equipment in the room. In fact, it’s probably a stray component from Jobs’ previous stereo. But of all the equipment, it also happens to be the most affordable. You can pick one up on eBay for as little as $10 (shipping included).Denon

 

Source : Wired

 

05
aug

HIFI setups in the movies

Acteurs zijn niet de enigen die een grote indruk achterlaten op het scherm. Hier zijn enkele van de beste HIFI en CInema Setups in films:

Van Blockbusters tot Art-house klassiekers, films geven ons een heerlijk gevoel van ontsnapping aan het huidig leven. Maar indien je een beetje zoals ons bent, zal je aandacht toch geprikkeld worden bij het verschijnen van een audio systeem! Hier zijn enkele voorbeelden van audiosytemen die wij al hebben kunnen opmerken!

Natuurlijk zijn er nog vele meer, dus als je er nog weet kan je deze in de comments laten vallen.

 

1. The Departed [2006]

(Photo: Warner Bros. via avforums.com)Madolyn dons a pair of Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones to hear details of Sergeant Costello’s criminal dealings with mobster Frank Sullivan on a McIntosh stereo system. There are worse ways to hear bad news…

2. The Counselor [2013]

(Photo: 20th Century Fox via Meridian)Something attractive has caught our eye in this scene, and it isn’t Reiner’s shirt. Yes, it’s the Meridian DSP7200 digital active speaker taking up residence in the office of Javier Bardem’s character (right). They’re both loud in their own ways…

3. Risky Business [1983]

(Photo: Warner Bros.)A young Tom Cruise has the freedom of his parents’ house, which means control of the drinks cabinet and his father’s stereo – including a Rare Phase Linear 7000 II cassette deck. It’s enough reason to have a one-man party, isn’t it?

 

4. American Psycho [2000]

(Photo: Lionsgate)Investment banker Patrick Bateman enjoys the finer things in life, including what seems to be Harman Kardon 700 series separates with KEF speakers. He also enjoys murder, soundtracked to Huey Lewis and the News’ Hip To Be Square in the scene pictured above. 

 

5. The Big Lebowski [1998]

 

(Photo: Grammercy Pictures via The Big Lebowiki)Jeff Lebowski could do more with his life, but when you’ve got your Sony Auto-Reverse Walkman, why not just lay back in the middle of your living room? Well, because you’re being asked to recover a millionaire’s kidnapped wife for a start.

6. The Hangover Part III [2013]

(Photo: Warner Bros. via Digital Spy)It might not stand up to the test of time as one of the all-time greats, but The Hangover Part III must surely be a candidate for most ostentatious use of headphones? Beats by Dre to pick up an Academy Award for Best Supported By An Actor?

 

7. The Dark Knight [2008]

(Photo: Warner Bros. via audiokarma.org)If you’re a Caped Crusader, you’re going to have some sharp kit in your pad. Bang & Olufsen is the company of choice in The Dark Knight, maybe because the “bang” takes you back to the Adam West days of exploding cartoon onomatopoeias?

8. High Fidelity [2000]

 

(Photo: Touchstone Pictures)Rob Gordon is a self-confessed music enthusiast and he has the equipment to match – a Marantz 110; Sansui AU-7700 or 7900; and NAD CD522 CD player is the kit that we seem to have agreed upon…

9. A Clockwork Orange [1971]

(Photo: Colombia Warner)“Oh Bliss! Bliss and Heaven!” – Alex rather seems to enjoy listening to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with his Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 5000 Tuner and Transcriptor Hydraulic Turntable.

10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [1986]

(Photo: Paramount Pictures via Flashlights Are Something To Eat)

If you owned a Carver M-500t, Audio Source EQ-ONE, Carver DTL-100 and Carver Receiver 2000, you’d probably want the day off to stay at home and enjoy it. Which probably makes you no different to Ferris Bueller.

 

11. The Conversation [1974]

(Photo: Paramount Pictures via Steve Hoffman Music Forums)Is this a Rek-o-kut turntable? Indeed it is – and Gene Hackman’s character Harry Caul is the proud owner. But it’s presumably not used to listen back to the conversations he records in his day job as a surveillance expert…

 

12. The Cable Guy [1996]

(Photo: Colombia Pictures)We couldn’t make it through an AV countdown without an expansive home cinema set-up. And it’s as no shock that a film called The Cable Guy has one of the best that we’ve seen on film. Antiques Roadshow never sounded so crisp.

 

13. The Shawshank Redemption [1994]

 

(Photo: Rank Organisation)It sounds like a prank. Lock yourself in the governor’s office, put on the turntable and hook it up to the PA system. The result? A prison full of downtrodden inmates who are suddenly inspired to hope by Le Nozze di Figaro. Magic.

 

14. Pulp Fiction [1994]

(Photo: Miramax Films)With the Teac X-2000r in full flow, the last thing we reckon Uma Thurman wanted to see was John Travolta walking through the door. Still, we’d probably make the compromise to listen to this reel-to-reel deck given half the chance.

15. This Is Spinal Tap [1984]

 

(Photo: Embassy Pictures/StudioCanal/MGM)OK, we’ve used a bit of artistic licence with this last entry but who wouldn’t want to own a Marshall amp that turned all the way up to 11? Maybe it’s a feature for other manufacturers out there to consider…

You see, most blokes will be playing at 10. You’re on 10, all the way up, all the way up. Where can you go from there? Nowhere. What we do, is if we need that extra push over the cliff… 11.”

bron : WHathifi