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Born and brought up in the UK. Now spend three to four months a year in British Columbia and Alberta.

Became interested in hi-fi during my postings to Sharjah (Trucial States) and Salalah (Oman) between 1968 - 1973.

First system from VV & Sons Dubai comprised Dual t/t; Sansui tuner amp; Sansui speakers and a Sony reel to reel tape recorder.

Back in the UK Around about 1976 or so, I phoned a small company called Naim, based in a small shop/factory in Salisbury and was invited by a bearded enthusiast called Julian to listen to a thing called an LP12 and some sort of amp that came in three bits called a Nac 32/naps/250 and some “Briks”.

The rest is history.......well, ok, I do like Krell and Wilson.

I have met a few people in Canada who are home music enthusiasts including mogul, but I noticed last month that the Naim dealer in our little town called Vernon has disappeared. Most people I met seem to be streaming music through Sonos and real hifi seems to be in decline !

I’m another British person, referring back to the dual nationality piece my parents were Irish, so I support England at cricket (unless Ireland beat England when my cricket friends block my texts ), Ireland at rugby, and Ireland at soccer until we go out of the competition when I switch to England 

I have had some interesting conversations with my 35 year old nephew about how his generation listen to music, in his view they don’t have the album view, they’re more into track by track listening, which lends itself to streaming service/shuffle listening and possibly background listening rather than the old school sit down listen to the whole album mode. Now he used to DJ, so his view might be coloured by his scene, but it could lead to the music fans of his generation not being so into hifi as  they don’t feel ,the need to sit and concentrate. (Or I may have misjudged the implications.)

I note that hifi as we know it does seem largely to be an older person’s thing in the U.K., but I’d also say that Sonos is a damn sight better than the systems  that most people I grew up with had. Yes I and my music nut mates had systems of varying levels, but most people I knew had a battery powered radio and maybe a music centre of dire quality. Sonos is stunning compared to that.

Interesting observation re sitting and concentrating (inability to). That perhaps is a common denominator of the younger generation, and only symptomatic as far as music is concerned. I trace it back to kids TV with one thing happening on screen and banners running across the screen with other snippets, and now rife across everything: magazine articles that have to be split up into bite-sized pieces and dotted with little summary snippets, comics instead of newspapers, TV documentaries padded out with frequent pauses to recap, and often several subjects split and intermixed instead of simply presenting each in turn, etc. 

As for music and album listening vs track listening, I’m not sure that is so new: For as long as I remember there were people whose only interest was in the latest chart music, throwaway stuff that mostly was forgotten and even disliked within a year, radio on, suck in what it played without thinking, while I and a smaller number of people were into album collecting and often listening together and appreciating (of which only a small proprtion went for serious music systems). And maybe the iPod revolution took that further in a different way, there seemingly being almost a competitive element amongst certain sectors as to who had collected the most songs, regardless of whether they ever played them.

Innocent Bystander posted:

 TV documentaries padded out with frequent pauses to recap, and often several subjects split and intermixed instead of simply presenting each in turn, etc. 

 

Oh how I hate those things.  They spend about 5 minutes telling us what they are going to tell us.  At each commercial break they recap and tell us what is coming up.  After the break they tell us what they just tell us and what is coming up.  Of course, it does mean they produce much more programme time for no extra effort.  And splitting several subjects up and interleaving them is a  real turn-off (literally).

Born in Wales, educated and worked in England until 35 years ago .. moved to Florida .. I just spend the winters there now as the summers are way too hot, we spend the summers in Nova Scotia .. going back to the US at the end of this month .. if there's anything left after the hurricane.

Scots through and through. At one point sold Naim and Linn (incl set up at customers house) for a living and also supplied Russ Andrews when he was based in Edinburgh with his records.

Still my fondest memories is of lsitening to music with my brother on an old Dansette record player to which I had wired a second speaker. 

Born in HK (2yrs), grew up in the UK (NW London 27yrs COYS!).  Have lived in Vancouver since '92.  Still have my (long expired) British passport.  For a smallish city of +/-2m people we can support 6 decent hifi shops so there must be a healthy hifi scene.  The city is booming with a lot of far east investment which must be a contributor to demand for hifi.     We had our first hifi show three years ago, which must be a good sign that high end audio is alive and well.  Bought my first piece of Naim gear (Nait) in the mid '80s.  Now down to three Naim bits (Snaxo 242, Fraim and SL2s).

Mongolian, about 60 km north of Ulaanbaattar.

Its cold in the  yurt but at least it has advantage of generator power. So no mains pollution for my ND555 - not that I get many opportunities to listen these days in between milking the goat/slaughtering the goats for their cashmere and worrying about North Korea's nuclear threat.

Ray

thebigfredc posted:

Mongolian, about 60 km north of Ulaanbaattar.

Its cold in the  yurt but at least it has advantage of generator power. So no mains pollution for my ND555 - not that I get many opportunities to listen these days in between milking the goat/slaughtering the goats for their cashmere and worrying about North Korea's nuclear threat.

Ray

How do you soundproof the yurt? Or are yo so far from the nearest neighbour that there’s no need, but with the advantage of the music making the goats produce more milk? 

But I’m curious as to why you’re so passionate about the UK leaving the EU as Britain’s ‘freedom’ is unlukely to make any difference in Mongolia....

Very observant IB.

Yurts have very good sound absorbance, providing you use two layers of animal skins of course, plus the conical shape has no internal flat surfaces to cause reflections. 

Goats definitely favour early Dylan, could be the folk landscapes he evokes are similar to the valleys and mountains round here.

My sympathy for the British and their relationship with the EU really comes from the parallel of the many years when we were under a similarly oppressive Chinese rule - a very bad time when we were banned from sleeping with our animals.

My real name is Yar btw, I only use Ray to endear myself to the forumites.

 

Namaskaar  !

Am from Mumbai,  India. 

My memory of music takes me back when I was 6 years...

Ours was all big joint family... Small house.. Struggle to make ends meet. 

My dad used to work in Philips. 

My dads elder brother was an audiophile ...i would call him that now.. 

Dad used to get him B Stock Philips amplifier and turntable and sealed suspension speakers. .

I remember the turntable GA242 very well. 

Remember dancing without a care in the world when the records played. ..

My uncle died in 1980 

I was too small to realize or object.. . All his records were sold. .

So here I am..

Trying to get to even half of the enjoyment I had when Listening to Osibisa and Boney M and Abba..in my late uncles rig..wearing only an underwear.. 

Best regards 

Mpw

Born in Gdank, Poland (I remember the shipyards in 1980...)  grew up and educated (really???) in London, now back in Warsaw, Poland.

My first memory of Naim and Linn was an Uxbridge dealer (close to the Uxbridge station - Metropolitan Line) who sold both. Must have been early 1991. I saw the prices and I thought they must have misplaced a 0 at the end. They were just beyond anythign a poor boy from ‘Eastern Europe’ could even imagine owning.
But I said to myself - one day, I will own some of those beautifuly-sounding boxes

I love music, been listenign to it and playing it for most of my life

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