On my first trip to Japan I was surprised that such a modern, technology-oriented country was still using power poles - even in new developments. When I expressed that opinion, I was told that above-ground infrastructure stands up to earthquakes better and is quicker and easier to fix after the event.

Also, it is a major piece of Japanese culture to spend serious money on your hobby. If Morita-San can hear the difference, good for him.

Earlier this week I paid 50 dollars for a 1956 Grundig TK8 tape recorder. I guess I am at the other end of the audiophool spectrum!


Alan Duckworth

Photographer, Educator [and rapidly becoming an A/V archivist, whether I like it or not!]
Kelowna BC Canada

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----- Original Message -----
From: Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:57:13 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] : Fancy speakers? Check. Sub-woofer? Check. Electric Utility Pole?

If you can afford it and it matters to you and you can phool yourself that it matters, you might.

Personally, I would prefer to spend $60k on a nice car than on a silly component to listen to my digital audio on.

But I am not Japanese not an audiophool. I just do professional audio, and it matters not a whit which way the wires point. It’s AC after all.

Now, those wooden knobs? They look nice, and are worth at least 69 cents each.
Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio

On Aug 15, 2016, at 1:47 PM, Ellis Burman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Recording studios use AC isolation transformers for this, mounted indoors,
> near the main breaker box.  I don't see the need for a separate power pole.
> Ellis Burman