My Home Audio Equipment Throughout The Years
When I was younger, even though we didn’t have that much money, we still had a nice home audio system. This was the early nineties and CDs still had different quality levels of digital recording. My father played Bach loudly on his home audio equipment, and sometimes he mixed in rock ‘n’ roll. I didn’t like the classical music at first, although today I love it.
Growing up, music was important. By the time I was buying my own CDs, my room was a haven. I had my own bathroom, a big bed, colorful lighting and a stereo with a remote control I used whenever there were commercials on the radio or a song came on I didn’t like. It wasn’t the best home audio system but it worked for me. Then we moved and my stereo became fuzzy and broken with age. I inherited my father’s home audio equipment with its still-powerful Japanese speakers and slick black design.
I listened to music loudly during my teenage years, as do most teenagers, but then the iPod came out. This was a different beast. Music was no longer on discs, it was on computer files. So are you telling me I have to convert all my CDs onto my computer? Fine. Ever since then it has been less about buying albums and more about downloading tracks. I still value and treasure my home audio system, but instead of the individual player and receiver I had when I was in high school, I use my computer as my dock. I’ve invested in nice speakers still, so I have good home audio speakers, but I no longer listen to the radio. What about music in the future?
I want to be able to plug in an iPod or whatever music device I have to a wall in my home and have my home audio speakers blast it throughout the house, according to which rooms I allow it. Same goes for the car. There will be a music subscription service that plays whatever music you want, while also having access to your personal collection, and you will be able to bump it over your automotive electronics. This may take ten years or so but the future will be glorious when it comes. If there’s anything I was taught while growing up, it’s that music is powerful. It can make you feel better when you’re having a tough time, and there’s always something to match what you’re doing. That’s why it’s important to invest in it and reap the benefits for years.