Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson for July 13, 2022

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    alasko  9 months ago

    Because his eyes and ears are both now bad.

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    SpacedInvader Premium Member 9 months ago

    That is true. Much less work and with good ear buds sounds great and I don’t have to listen to “It’s too loud, can you turn it down?”

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    Tyge Premium Member 9 months ago

    Can’t get a good bass note out of that.

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    seismic-2 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Yep. I still have my top-of-the-line stereo system that I assembled the 1970s, but I don’t listen to it any more, since the nuances of the high-fidelity are lost to my deteriorated hearing. A commodity computer sound card and tiny speakers sound just the same to me now as the whiz-bang component audio system. :(

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 9 months ago

    My stereo then is my stereo now. Nothing can sound better than vinyl.

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    Ricky Bennett  9 months ago

    I remember back in 1980 I had a 10 1/2 inch reel to reel tape deck. It held 12 hours of music on a single 7200 foot reel. Now I can hold 5 MONTHS of music on a microSD card no bigger than my fingernail!

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  9 months ago

    As life gets better and better. Better to sleep through.

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    Da'Dad  9 months ago

    I can’t believe I’m the first to complain about JJ peeking in the windows. This is just like my respective setups, right down to the Lava Lamp. One exception is the reel to reel; had already outgrown mine years earlier.

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    nosirrom  9 months ago

    My stereo and TV then cost 4K. My TV now is 4K.

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    C  9 months ago

    Can’t relate. I have far more audio equipment now than I had as a young man.

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    Olddog04  9 months ago

    I have a sound bar I can run the tv through, or Bluetooth from my phone. Ah, technology.

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    well-i-never  9 months ago

    I still have that tv on a shelf in the garage. You never know when Hollywood might need one for a 1970’s movie set.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 9 months ago

    I have an entertainment computer hooked to the set with stereo speakers hooked to an amplifier. I use Music Bee to listen to my music and get a visualizer on the set. Works for me. I don’t care about nuance, just the songs straight up. I have everything from country to Gregorian Chants too.

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    viking-riverrat  9 months ago

    How the mighty has fallen. But I still have all my records. Took to long to get them <3

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    jbmlaw01  9 months ago

    A worthy comic. I recall a Zits wherein Dad bragged to son that when he was his son’s age he “had the largest speakers on the block.” The son replied, “you must have been profoundly embarrassed.”

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    Uncle Bob  9 months ago

    Didn’t Arlo have a moustache then?

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    Jim   9 months ago

    sorry Arlo, that isn’t true stereo…

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    LexSiehler  9 months ago

    My st(ee)reo’s the same, if not more so but, thankfully, the TV’s bigger.

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    belcherman  9 months ago

    And the lava lamp is replaced by a screensaver on the television. Sometimes progress isn’t progress.

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    assrdood  9 months ago

    At my age with the state of my hearing (actually pretty good for said age), downloaded Youtube music on a USB is quite satisfactory. And it’s free.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 9 months ago

    My bassoon in high school cost about $1500. Nowadays something like it would top $20,000

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    TemporaryKing  9 months ago

    My nephew got into vinyl a few years ago. All of his friends, also into vinyl, are jealous of his collection. Mostly donated by his many aunts and uncles. He has a ton of late 60’s to late 70’s albums. Including an original Aerosmith, some Alice Cooper, and even the complete Partridge Family.

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    belgarathmth  9 months ago

    Wow, a reel to reel tape player? I’m 57, and that was already obsolete by the time I was six or seven years old.

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    RonMcCalip  9 months ago

    Oh yeah! Those were the days!

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    ChessPirate  9 months ago

    My TV now is somewhat larger, but is HD; my stereo is now 5.1 Surround. BTW, “Surround” is now kind of a revelation to me. We are at the mercy of whoever “mixed” it, and IMNSHO, very few of them do a good job of it. The Center Speaker gets way too much of the sound, and the “back” speakers get far too little. This problem can be somewhat alleviated by tweaking the volume levels of the individual speakers, but only some of the content I have listened to really sounds great to me…

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    poppacapsmokeblower  9 months ago

    Jimmy Johnson, you did a great job (art work) on portraying the audio and visual systems through time! [Applause]

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    Cozmik Cowboy  9 months ago

    No, Arlo, that is not a “stereo”; that is a monaural source with truly fecal sound “quality”, playing MP3s – which (completely overlooking the downgrade from analog to digital) lose about 20% of the musical information during conversion.

    You can improve your listening experience somewhat by using headphones (which are not to be confused with earbuds), but you’re still dealing with MP3s.

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    kennnyp  9 months ago

    wow…..soooo true… my huge speakers now serve as a plant stand and my phase linear amp sits quietly inside an armoire….meanwhile sitting on the mantle illuminating the entire room…..

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    KEA  9 months ago

    somewhat associated thought: It always surprises me that Americans will spend tons on something and skimp terribly on an important support item: ex. 1 from back in the day… $600 TV, $2.50 antenna; $40,000 car (that used to be a lot), discount (even retread) tires.

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    All Dan All Day Premium Member 9 months ago

    Two words “Sonos” and “Soundbar” Does it all amazingly. Never mind surround sound, multiple speakers, sub this and phase that. Put it in your phone/Ipad/laptop and you own the music world.

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    Shonkin  9 months ago

    I have a small stereo (true stereo, not Alexa) in my living room. It’s a Bose Wave.My hearing is still pretty good for age 75, so I really want good, room-filling sound where I can distinguish left from right.

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    martinman8  9 months ago

    i still say the first frame was better.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member 9 months ago

    I don’t see Arlo’s eight tack tape player.

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    eced52  9 months ago

    This is so true. The progress of electronics

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    spaced man spliff Premium Member 9 months ago

    Better audio and video technology, but what a decline in the quality of programs presented.

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    Bwahahaha!  9 months ago

    This one is pretty good. Plus, we haven’t seen his dopey son’s family in a while, so that’s a bonus.

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    bucker39 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Just put on Floyd or King Crimson

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