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Tower of Power

Posted on 2007.01.18 at 19:39
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When I was a young man, I spent a lot of time (and money) carefully selecting individual components to create the premier stereo system. The Editor-In-Chief of CD Review magazine wrote back in 1991, "An audiophile uses music to show off his system, but a true music lover uses his system to show off the music." I bought components from all over the world - my amp & cassette deck in Germany, my laserdisc player in Korea, my speakers & CD carousel in England. The only thing I wanted to do after work was listen to music, and listen to music I did.

The above scenario is a close representation of the proof-of-concept photogoot used when he pieced together his rather expansive set as well. I only mention this because there was a time when we integrated the two, creating the Tower of Power. Men wept and women got wet upon hearing it. It was truly a magnificent work of art and the whole was much greater than the sum of its parts. Our movie watching matched our music listening (why not, the Tower of Power was better than any theater) - of course we never watched video cassettes, only laserdiscs. I could never stomach movies on VCR - the magnetic tape hiss was unbearable and the colors bled something fierce.

It was during this time that I became aware of married servicemen with children bitching about their systems, their small televisions and cheap paper speakers. I thought to myself, "I'll be smarter than that - I'll build my system up so that I have absolutely everything I'll need prior to getting married and having kids!" I was so smart. Everyone who knew me was envious of my realized dream.

We split the system 18-months later but I've never forgotten it. I purchased some replacement speakers in Korea and continued to build on my system. I enjoyed listening to music and watching laserdiscs after work. I moved again and finalized my system. It was, in a word, perfect. Money can't buy happiness, but every dollar I had spent on the system and my music had given me joy.

I got married and had a child. A two-fold problem developed. I discovered I wasn't as smart as I had first anticipated. First of all, I had no time to sit and listen to music. My creation was being used for the news, and for chick-flicks. Secondly, when I did have time to sit and listen, I noticed my aging components starting to break. I hadn't expected this - and now I certainly couldn't afford to replace them! My perfect plan ended up in disaster. I was becoming what I despised most.

Fine. As I spent most of my time in front of a computer, I picked up a fine pair of Bose MediaMate speakers for something like $250. They were my new release - if I couldn't have my stereo, I could at least have these. Time passes and I was commuting 3-hours a day and wasn't able to listen to music at volume at work, so those were mostly sitting idle. I relied heavily on my car's stereo system for the two years I made that daily 3-hour commute. My Sebring LXi had a fantastic Infinity system installed - which was great until my second child was born, forcing me out of it. Eleven years after I purchased them, my Bose computer speakers died.

Hi. My name is Eric. I'm 37 years old and listen to music from a set of $50 Logitech's.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-01-19 05:47 (UTC) (Link)
My bose surround speakers still work a long with my Onkyo THX receiver. However I have had to replace 2 Sony five disc DVD players and a Sony stereo VCR with a JVC stereo VCR in the last 5 years.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-19 10:46 (UTC) (Link)
I see no one else has asked this burning question, so I'll be the one to do it:

Did you ever use the pick-up line "Do you want to come back to my place to see my ... Tower of Power?"
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-01-19 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he has tried that line on me a few times!!!!
galinda822 at 2007-01-19 16:34 (UTC) (Link)

Hi. My name is Eric. I'm 37 years old and listen to music from a set of $50 Logitech's.

This is the 1st step - only 11 more to go in the program!

Just think, once the children have grown and are out in the world - you can start replacing those components!!!
ehowton at 2007-01-19 20:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi. My name is Eric. I'm 37 years old and listen to music from a set of $50 Logitech's.

By the time my kids are out of the house I'll be wearing hearing aids.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-19 17:58 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose that the moral of this story is to not get married if you enjoy your sound system?
ehowton at 2007-01-19 19:53 (UTC) (Link)
Not really. I mean, fill in the blank. Mostly its time which has taken these things from me, not specifically marriage. Oh, and have a backup-plan that isn't stupid. I had a stupid backup plan.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-19 18:02 (UTC) (Link)

Hi. My name is Eric. I'm 37 years old and listen to music from a set of $50 Logitech's.

It's not that bad really. I have the Logitech z-560 and couldn't be happier with it for my setup. If I owned a house where I could blast the entire place, of course these wouldn't do for the entertainment system, but they would still work just fine for my computer.

Alternatively, you could become self-employed, work out of your home and rebuild the Tower of Power, forcing every one of your clients into your office to marvel at your baby. Sounds like a plan, no?
ehowton at 2007-01-19 20:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi. My name is Eric. I'm 37 years old and listen to music from a set of $50 Logitech's.

It's not that bad really.
Yes, it is. You have no point of reference. It's CRAP.
ximo at 2007-01-20 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
See, this was prolly the first thing i noticed about you shortly after meeting you years ago. What's worth doing is worth doing right. Cooking with substandard ingredients, playing a game you've been waiting for on a crap system, listening to music on trash speakers...it's just not worth doing at all once it falls below a certain point of quality.
ehowton at 2007-01-20 04:14 (UTC) (Link)
I suck.
snapper521 at 2007-01-20 05:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry. :-(

My uncle had a similar idea I think.

However, he decided that women are to much trouble so he never married, and has replaced those old parts which broke, so that he still has a sterio system which is the envy of all his friends.

Along with their envy'ing him his freedom since all of them are either married or divorced and paying alamony or somthing... :-P
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photogoot at 2009-03-04 01:47 (UTC) (Link)
To this day I get all tingly inside just thinking about it.
ehowton at 2009-03-04 01:55 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that a great pic! I can't believe it took me a year to get it up! (I'm mentioning it in my next post, Housekeeping Backlog.)
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