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classic hifi ....will history repeat itself ?
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Looking through the vintage knob website yesterday made me think that due to yamahas recent as series of amps whether history will repeat itself and we.ll start seeing other companies using vu and blue power meters again like pioneer and technics used to. The yamaha as3000 has large vu meters which look very classy .Will we see a return of the gold age of hifi ?

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RE: classic hifi ....will history repeat itself ?

Well , Audio Research , Luxman , McIntosh , Cayin to name but a few, plus loads of others have been using VUs for yonkers. I guess if a few mainstream brands ( read stuff sold by sevenoaks , lol ) start going down that route then others will follow.  What goes around pretty much always comes around again. 

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RE: classic hifi ....will history repeat itself ?

i do think they will also...if you look at the 70s stuff even the entry level models were built to last and used vu or power meters so maybe it wont be just the higher end companies like you stated but maybe the mainstream brands will follow suit. Saying that i do appreciate not everyones a fan of the retro look .

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My favourite.......

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Even Squeezebox Touch has VU meters  Cool !

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davedotco wrote:

My favourite.......

Had one of those myself a few years ago........what a beast!

 

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Classy take on meters.  Pains me to post this as tis full of trannies but I do likey.

 

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So any thoughts about what the defining look of the next 10 years of hi-fi will be? I mean, in the same way as Yammy and Pioneer came to define the look of the '70s. And is there any kit out there at the moment which is setting a trend for future looks?

I know what I like ...

And also what I don't like ...

 

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Bathroom scales and a Food Steamer eh  Wink

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floyd droid wrote:

Bathroom scales and a Food Steamer eh  Wink

Excuse me, that's remote controlled bathroom scales if you don't mind ROFL

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Hee hee. Matt may be onto something though. The Nad french doo dah copy. For those that lust for the real deal but cant afford it. 

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mitch65 wrote:

floyd droid wrote:

Bathroom scales and a Food Steamer eh  Wink

Excuse me, that's remote controlled bathroom scales if you don't mind ROFL

I prefer to think: F-117 Nighthawk meets pizza box.

 

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RE: classic hifi ....will history repeat itself ?

There was also the ONKYO pre-power combo but I don't know if history will repeat itself.

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Are the meters useful? Nah - pure decoration for the marketing guys!

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My first hi fi was given to

My first real hi fi was a separate marantz system in gold

Wish I had orderd my latest marantz gear in sliver for more of that retro look but I just popped in richer sounds on a whim and bought it, they didn't even have a silver on show let alone in stock so I went with the heard and played safe!

Love silver gear with vu meters and blue backlights, looks cool.

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