Reply To: Are older speakers more pleasant to hear than modern speakers (Beolab)?

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geoffmartin
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Took me a while to find it, but here’s the article by Glenn Gould that I was thinking about earlier. I haven’t read it in at least 25 years…

The raw text version: The Prospects of Recording

A PDF copy of the original magazine article (starting on page 46)

It’s a long read, but notice that it’s from High Fidelity Magazine, vol. 16, no. 4, April 1966 – back in a time when such magazines contained more than just advertisements and reviews…

One fun quote (among the many in there) is the following:

I can’t believe that people really prefer to go to the concert hall under intellectually trying, socially trying, physically trying conditions, unable to repeat something they have missed, when they can sit home under the most comfortable and stimulating circumstances and hear it as they want to hear it. I can’t imagine what would happen to literature today if one were obliged to congregate in an unpleasant hall and read novels projected on a screen.

– BABBITT

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