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Walkman R.I.P., Audi sound

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jcdrisc
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jcdrisc   3/26/2011 9:17:30 AM
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I always taped my vinyl immediately to play in the car. A secondary use was in my two Walkmans, and for years was happy with that. I have three excellent Dolby cassette decks I use at home. All the tapes still sound OK and are reliable. I am an AES member and critical of the MP3 format. I am not eager to explore it. I have many CDs too.

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ReneCardenas   12/24/2010 10:42:11 PM
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The fact that there are pinball machines refurbish at a cost over $3K, tells me there is a nostalgic crowd out there willing to do whatever is takes to restore the experience of old legacy tech. Despite the lag on color, or realistic 3D video effects harnessed with newer game consoles. Likewise, the audio purist and loyal crowd will not be deterred that easily, no matter what is the latest medium. I would not be surprised to see walkman bodies with latest medium compatibility, to capture that audience and following.

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rpell2   11/29/2010 8:54:08 PM
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I look forward to it anytime, Bill. :) Actually someone just emailed me that his wife still buys cassette Walkmans to listen to audio books during her daily 5+ mile walks. She sensibly prefers MP3 audio books (on CD), but can't always find books in that format. (There's also the issue of handling convenience that may favor cassette tape over standard-format CD audio books, which need to be changed more frequently.) So I guess I should qualify my opinion of the Walkman to apply to music listening. (Now I suppose someone's going to come along and claim that analog cassette tape sounds so much better than digital MP3 ...)

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BicycleBill   11/29/2010 4:05:54 AM
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Sorry, Rich, but you and I will need to have a spirited discussion about the virtues and vices of the Walkman tape cassette player--over some drinks!

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jwc   11/25/2010 1:39:38 PM
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Abandoning the Walkman brand started 20 years ago or more when Sony named its portable disk player "Discman." That was a mistake. They failed to realized the valuable goodwill that the consistent high quality of those early Walkman products generated. If instead of gradually shelving both the hugely valuable "Walkman" brand and slipping in quality they maintained their quality leadership and named all wearable entertainment products as Walkman variants they would be in better shape now: Walkman/Cassette - () Walkman/Disk - () Walkman/MP3 - () Walkman/FM - () Walkman/MP3/FM - () Walkman/MP3/Record - () etc. Abandoning (or neglecting) the brand Walkman was equivalent to Porsche arbitrarily abandoning the brand "Porsche", raising the price, lowering quality standards, and hoping for more sales. (That might happen too.)

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Rick DeMeis   11/24/2010 2:44:42 AM
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Re: Silent sound of electric and hybrid vehicles. Why not let the car owner customize the sound the vehicle makes--here are some of the possibilities I mentioned in a previous blog: http://www.examiner.com/automotive-in-boston/hey-you-loser

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