Get rid of the TV! I haven't had one for 20 years or so and do not miss it. I watch an occasional documentary, crime drama and Dr Who on the BBC iPlayer, but not often and never get as far as any of the other catch-up services. I still have a TV license though as I am a big fan of the concept of public service broadcasting, even though I rarely partake.
Didn't have one for many years listening to radio and music Persuaded by the girlfriend and my old dear giving away her old one in the 80s Watching less now and will cut down further. There is the bike racing though which is great to see on the TV. Tour de France is watched all day when I can ITV4 now have excellent commentators. Would have been easier a few years back
Music. Better kit gives more music Played last :
Leftfield -Creedence Clearwat Revival -Cracker -The Hold Steady -Eno -Ry Cooder -Comsat Angels -Colosseum -Eric Clapton -Chrome -Chameleons -Captain Beefheart -Camper Van Beethoven -Peter White -Chris Rea -Brand X -Rick Springfield -Mogwai -Jack Bruce -Robbie Robertson -Box Car Racer -Neil Cowley Trio -Angels & Airwaves -Bonzo Dog Band -Beach Boys -Jeff Beck -Be Bop Deluxe -Bauhaus -Kevin Ayers -Audience -Santana -David Sancious -Cream
Quick update: I have new speakers, or more accurately, two pairs (new to me, anyway). Both sets are from Mission and one led t'other, as it were. I shall explain.
A while back I began modding a pair of cheap-as-chips Acoustic Solutions speakers, I got as far as building new crossovers for them plus I installed some better drivers. This turned out to be an unmitigated disaster in every conceivable way. The resulting Frankenspeakers are very difficult to drive and sound as soggy as a hog wallowing in a mud hole.
Stung by such a paltry reward for all my efforts, I did what I should have done in the first place and cast about on eBay for a small, used pair of speakers to hang off my FX Audio chip amp and it's associate Bluetooth dongle. I came across a tidy pair of Mission m70's for 25 quid plus £8 p&p and snapped them up! Long story short, I was so impressed with how 'big' the tiny m70's sound that I also bought a used pair of Mission m71's, the m70's slightly bigger brothers, to try out in the main system and they've been there ever since.
None of the components in the main system are particularly exotic (I am Mr Budget Buy, after all), and yet as a whole, the music presentation is now cohesive, accomplished and so utterly effortless that I just switch off and listen, for hours. So, if you have been wondering where I've been. now you know
That's interesting, about the M71s. I was considering using them as front speakers for my AV system. I've got a pair of JPW Mini Monitors in there at the moment, which are also little gems as far as I'm concerned.
I didn't used to need the internet, my wife knew everything.
Hi Dave, Long time no see, as you say. I hope you are well.
Were those speakers that you modified a pair of floorstanders? I only ask because I have this thing about many cheap floorstanders just being tiny bookshelf speakers being asked to over-reach themselves by being transplanted into flimsy, unbraced cabinets. I bet you would have had a more satisfying result if you had put the components you chucked away into small, dense boxes. Just a thought...
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