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Des Moines Register (Newspaper) - September 24, 1972, Des Moines, Iowa
Pcs minis sunday that difference in sound can be attributed to a variety of factors stereo continued Page All thai expensive stuff for music is and my does stereo in not status seeking there is a difference in sound Between a portable us a system an amazing and once youve heard sounds Yon never realized were youre portables and compacts a portable usually consists of a turntable and two Small speakers which fold up into a carry Able with a Price Range from about to the portable will produce Good enough music for the untrained but it int if you can afford a Little More and care if your system is a Little less into a compact transistor circuits have made it possible to Combine a fairly powerful record changer and in some cases an pm tuner or tape Cartridge player All in a single unit of modest some come with relieving the Novice buyer of the decision of having to buy his one drawback with the compact is you cant choose your components the amplifier might he the speakers Yon cant replace or one part of your system a and if one part goes wrong the whole system goes to the no one pretends that he offers the finest performance rut with prices ranging from about to More than there is Little doubt thai the compact system offers a justifiable Compromise for someone not ready to plunge into components this is what the real audiophiles Are talking what do we mean when we refer to components such a system involves several separate a Power source the amplifier the speakers and the musical program sources record pm Andor am tuner or tape components Are remarkably versatile they can be scattered attractively on shelves or can he installed in a custom Wall or Cabinet amplifier in the Early Days of audiophiles usually had a Power amplifier and a separate or control these usually Are included in what is called an integrated the key thing to pay attention to when buying an amplifier is the More the better the ability to capture the Hirth and Low ends of the musical spectrum with the least distortion and thus better there Are two ways to rate amplifier Power Good and the bad Way is to Tell the Peak a measurement of the maximum output at the instant of a Strong passage of the fact that there Are Many ways to measure this output is indicated in the different names for such a rating music dynamic or if Institute of High Fidel Ity this rating simply cannot be depended upon to Tell you the Good rating system will Tell you the continuous Power of an this rating is sometimes called Root mean a mathematical the Normal rating will be stated As x Watts per Channel driven into 8ohm speakers Ohms measures the or resistance that a speaker has to the amplifiers there also Are 4ohm and 16ohm since the greater the Ohms the less Power the amplifier is Able to he sure you know the Power rating in relation to the impedance of the speakers you will be prices for amplifiers Range from about for an amplifier rated at 15 to 25 continuous Watts per Channel into 8ohm speakers to More than for the new Breed of 350watt a Good Compromise would he 40 or 50 Watts per Channel for about receivers a receiver consists of an amplifier and a radio tuner pm or both in the Samp the drawbacks Are pretty much the same As those for the while receivers Cost less than separate components and Are easier to there Are some who argue manufacturers skimp on the amplifier in but an audio technician recently told me this is whatever the the receiver is the fastest growing component with each manufacturer hav ing at least five or six for Between and you can expect to get 15 to 25 Watts per Channel adequate to drive most for music the models at about should provide the most performance for the Money 30 to 50 Over youre getting into personal As features tend to overlap in different Price tuner the tuner is fancy radio which on pm can a stereo specifications to look for when shopping or ability to pull in signals Micro volts is about the capture or ability to respond to Only the stronger of two signals on the same frequency one Decibel is about the the lower the prices Range from about to a very Good tuner can be had for speakers there is an exception to every and speakers Are it there appears to be no particular correlation Between the Price of a speaker and its All you really have to go on Are your own so when a Good speakers response should be the following untrained Low even distribution of Midland High Range tones throughout the smooth no dips or peaks in the frequency if a speaker thumps or booms when reproducing the male it probably has a Peak in the upper base Woofer this could be affected by acoustics in the listen ing so also listen to it in if a speakers mid Range is it May sound strident or perhaps merely Bright or mildly a Good Way to test for High frequency Tweeter response is to play music that includes triangles or listening quadra sonics War has Many Heads spinning at 78 rpm if you thought the Battle Between 45 rpm and 33 rpm records was you been paying attention to the quadra sonics is quadra sonics a it is a step further than stereo two speakers set apart in front of the listener like and two behind him creating a surround sound that is said to be As much an improvement from Stere phonies As stereo was from added to the con fusion of three competing tape formats open cassette and eight track there is the chaos of the quadra sonic with four Channel formats being proposed not Only for the three non compatible tape hut in non compatible forms for each of and for there Arp four systems vying for hip Market eve and there at the two main quadra sonic for Mats fighting it out discrete a four Channel with each of the channels on its own tape its the purest and technically the easiest but also the most there is a Dis Crete system for discs being developed by the Japan Victor matrix these sys tems encode four signals into two channels by mix ing then unscrambling them into four channels with a proper a lot of these systems have been probably be cause the decoders give a sound to Ordinary stereo Roth these systems Are having their one of the main drawbacks being that so far the selection of four Channel discs or pre recorded tapes is the big is what will this mean to the stereo for those planning on buying new there is no reason for not buying one of the new four Channel amplifiers or re except it will he More and it May be a while before you get full use out of if you already own stereo there is no heed to Trade it As it will not become to convert to Yon would need two More speakers and another amplifier for two More channels this have to be an integrated amplifier with full controls an Ordinary Power amplifier would work just As for discrete quadra sonics you would need a four Channel eight track or open reel tape for you would have to get the appropriate matrix whew someone should in vent an adapter to unscramble the wifi draw info by Register it App artist John Whitshurst for the ringing or shimmering sound that is typical of these Good speakers will have a speaker should have no character or sound Quality of its it should sound warm Only when the music in the electrical signal being fed into it is warm or Bright when the music is in should be be careful you dont buy a speaker that is too Hig to he driven by your Check out the speaker manufacturers recommended Power Price a Lowe priced bookshelf speaker can he had for the with your Middle Range custom made monsters Cost into the two things its generally Best to avoid buying a dealers House Brand or private Label speakers unless objective reports on them have been dont be tempted to buy a cheap speaker just because your ear int youll find that it will become and poor speakers will become irritating to listen to after a tape recorders with the Advent of cassettes and the tape recorder buyer has one of the audio purchasing the Price part is fairly easy to Nail Down to will you a moderate Quality recorder to Good Quality and excellent what kind of recorder theres the that Choice depends a lot on you will use the recorder most music buffs will be taping from records or from pm or will he playing commercially made whatever the Here Are the choices completely self contained unit can record and play with its own amplifier and it is or can be attached to the Home tape transport used exclusively for playback and cannot rapidly fading from the tape deck used by most serious attaches directly to the existing stereo system and provides the Best recording and playback Batter operated open reel recorder very wifi in the lower Price but some models Arp cassette or eight track Cartridge recorder a totally enclosed reel Oreel recorder with a plastic encased tapered with the invention of the dolby which cuts Down Hiss on slow Speed cassettes Are producing Ever better Fidelity and Are becoming Ever More a cassette machine probably is the Best buy in the to Range because of the ease and convenience of operation with Little loss of sonic you cant beat an open reel machine for versatile it is still the top of the recorder Art and has advantages Over the tape can be edited and you can get a lot of playing time on a seven Inch reel even More with automatic while tape can snarl on an open reel it is usually because of careless but if a tape tangles inside a cassette turntables it seems As if stereo buying is one Choice after Here is Between the automatic changer or the Onedis Cata time manual it used to be said for the serious the changer was a Nono because of a huskies motor needed to labor under a mass of records that transferred rumble to the better modern automatics have solved this so Why buy a manual turntable some Are drawn to the solid look of the Large and some May want to use one of separate tone arms made by a few Man fac whatever the the of a Quality manual turn table ranges from to about an adequate changer can be purchased for but those with reproduction qualities equal to a manual will Cost and cassette disc it often is heard that records Are on the Way out that the cassette is about ready to take but probably not in this for those unsure of whether to jump one Way or the Here Are some pros and cons cassettes they Are easy to carry and to store and can play cold weather your Home is built to last Why not your garage we offer More value for your Dollar these outstanding features Are Standard in every garage we build regardless of size is just around the Corner ii Ersary Rafi 2 Days Only 4 Inch raised Ciuha double or single overhead door i your Choice fibreglass of steel your Choice of California Redwood or v thick 12 plate Hoard drop siding steel reinforced 4 Concrete floor Lim shed with compaction Towel 240 self sealing Asphalt Shingle roof to match your House oof two aluminium framed louver win Dows Sis Craft insulation storm braced wails Mot med in rafters with 2x6 Ridge x6 Cross double lop studding 16 on 8 Over hang on sides and ends and boxed in Over 200 garages built in the Des Moines area 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is practically nil and a child can operate but cassettes Are and Quality control hard to accessibility to particular selections is Speed irregularities can occur and cassettes can become hopelessly liner notes Are discs Quality control is pretty and Fidelity usually is separate selections Are readily discs can last Long with proper care and album covers usually Bave copious liner but records store compactly but require a foot deep and a foot they can be played automatically but Only one Side at a scratches and dust be carefully guarded consoles compacts made by appliance Are pot the buyer fakes a Chance on whats hidden away in at the risk of offending a lot of Loyal it must be said that a basically is marketed As not As sound with Power specifications often in misleading music admittedly there Are consoles sold have Quality components and the persons who buy these know there of you own a console and dont know whats hopefully the outside looks How to Cut costs As you have stereo can be an expensive but there Are a few ways you can Cut once you have mastered the Basic soldering kit building is a Way to trim or More from the Cost of a several companies produce stereo and if the instructions Are followed the resulting equipment has the same performance of products costing much caveat some companies do More reassembling than others and provide easier so Check that out you take it slow and easy and follow instructions another Way to save some Money is to buy your ment through a discount either in town or through the dozens of companies that advertise in the stereo this is an especially Good Way to save on a warning though if you have trouble with discount bought you May have a problem getting it serviced on the warranty if something goes the Only piece of expensive equipment i bought through a discount House had to be sent Back East twice before it was fixed some stores offer special packages of with a reduced Price for buying it All there is no reason not to take advantage of this if you dont find anything wrong with the but its false Economy to buy a system with a Good amplifier and Al Cheapo another Good Deal sometimes especially discount will kick in a Good phone Cartridge at a nominal Cost when you buy a record and remember that its possible to do a Little horse trading for stereo unless its a discount believe a wifi Salesman who says his profit margin is i no thin it int that just the Edge of the stereo if you got through All that and still Are do yourself a favor and Rush in learn All you can about read the stereo Check out the equipment reports and read the ads j one of the Best ways to see whats and have Iowa furniture Mart in West Des Moines 202o grand appliance department grand opening Ria easy Toby and East carry personal portable powerful Builtin vhf and uhf super Power Grid vhf and solid state uhf tuners give you excellent even in difficult signal Oom Cin r i phone open weekdays 99 saturday 96 sunday 125 our own cart
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