September 10th, 2004

krazy koati

Gazing at you I get the heat

So I bought from a friend a Harmon Kardon set of soundsticks, and that woofer resembling a great glass torus. I'm not sure just why; at S$200 that's about ten times what I'd ever spent on speakers. I'm not what any sort of audiophile. Usually I'm not sure whether the sound's in stereo. The other speakers I've bought were a US$10.00 set because the speaker of my PowerBase 180 was so awful even I couldn't stand it; and a cheaper set of earphones I got to listen to Internet radio in the library. I don't listen to much music; I have a total of 20 CDs, and use song lyrics as my subject lines because it is fun to tax my mind that way.

I haven't figured out a permanent placement, or even whether to keep it in my office, where I listen to stuff most often; or home, where I can play louder. It comes with a huge mess of new wire tangles. When I got them I had on an old-time radio drama; I heard timeless dialogue like ``Not even drink would make you do such a heinous act!'' in mono with hisses and pops, but great bass. The Theme to The $20,000 Pyramid, Linus and Lucy, and Beatlesarama made a better test. I am the Walrus was great, though it always is.

And why are all speakers set up so ``a bit too loud'' is one-fifth along the volume slider, and ``ear bleeding'' is one-third the theoretical maximum? ``This amp goes all the way up to three,'' says my inner Nigel Tufnel.

Trivia: The Dutch East India Company theorized the Arctic Ocean was ice-free, and commissioned Henry Hudson to sail to the Indies through it. Hudson ignored his instructions and sailed to North America. Source: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History, Giles Milton.

Currently Reading: Revolutions of 1848: A Social History, Priscilla Robertson.