With Facebook’s 10-Year Challenge, Throwback Thursdays, and Flashback Fridays, there’s no surprise we love digging into the past. Like with many industries, including fashion, automobile, gaming, and music, ideas and what’s popular are often recycled. What’s old is back in vogue. Even Motorola has brought back the flip phone, albeit with much more modern tech.
Music is no different. Even with all the music streaming services we have available with just a click, like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora, consumers have an appreciation for vinyl records. Sales for records are at a 25-year high. There’s definitely an interest in exploring the history of beloved hobbies like music. It’s different when you listen to a record versus just hitting play on your phone. Whether it’s picking up a record player or investing in speakers worth several months’ pay, music lovers show their appreciation for the technology that helps bring the beauty of sound to our ears and souls.
A book for design and music lovers alike
For the audiophile who has all the latest gadgets and gizmos, get them a history lesson in the form of a compelling, informative, and picturesque coffee table book. Gideon Schwartz’s Hi-fi: The History of High-end Audio Design explores audio design from the 1960s to present day. Schwartz is a former attorney who retired from his career in law to pursue his passion for audio equipment. His passion led to the founding of his ultra-high-end audio equipment company, Audioarts. Schwartz’s book gives readers an in-depth look into analog devices as well as the cutting-edge designs of the modern-day.
The 300-page hardcover is a great addition to the shelves of any lover of old school audio. Design fans would also appreciate this history lesson over images of turntables, solid state amplifiers, speakers, horn-loaded speakers, and more. This book is a beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design and the first book to cover that history comprehensively. Buy Here