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第一回 What Is audio? オーディオとは?

大きなテーマですね。

いろんな意見があるでしょう。

趣味だという人、音楽を聴くための道具だと言う人、機械が好きなどなど。

私の場合、10代の頃は同級生がラジカセのスピーカーを変えてみたり、レコードを聴きながら音が良いとか何とか言っているのを聞いていて、何だかよく分からないけど、何となくいいなぁと思ったのが始まりのように思います。

しかし所詮は中学生。BCLラジオやラジカセで出来ることは、少し良いカセットテープを買ってみたり、トーンコントロールを触ってみたり(低音がしっかりと出るのが良いとか高音が美しいとか、伸びるのが良いとか、そんなこと言ってましたね)。

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It's a difficult and important theme I think strongly.

There are many ideas and concepts in it.

It's just a hobby, It's just a tool for listening to music, simply loving machines and mechanics and so on.

In my first experience, I thought it was cool;

-my class mates changed the speaker in a radio cassette machine to other and reviewed which was better ;

-or listened to records and reviewed the sound

Though I was not sure about it.


We were junior high school students after all. The most we could do was getting a little bit higher quality cassette tapes or changed tone balance and reviewed higher tone was better or lower sound was richer.


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高校生ぐらいになると、とにかく良い音で聴きたい、という漠然とした思いはあったと思います。

駆け出しの頃は大抵はそんなものではないでしょうか?

そして雑誌などで評論家が言っていることを取り入れて仲間内であーだのこーだのと分かったようなことを言っている、それがこの世代のオーディオマニア「らしさ」だったと思います。

都心ではなかったので展示会、試聴会の経験はあまりありませんでした。

それでも、ブラインドテストの音当てクイズに参加し、3台のアンプの音の違いを当て、景品のカセットテープ5本貰えた時は、見せびらかすようにして帰りました笑。


そしてその後、あることがきっかけで音楽を聴くことが楽しくなるオーディオセットを体感して、私なりの音の良さ、目指す道筋が決まりました。


やはり音楽を聴くための道具という位置付けです。


ただ良い音で聴くためだけではありません。

そこにはライブ感が感じられることが重要でした。

これについては次の「良い音とは?」で書きたいと思います。


When I was in high school, I think I had a vague desire to listen to music with good sound.

Isn't this what it was like when we were just starting out?


And I think that this generation's ``character'' of audiophiles was that they took in what critics were saying in magazines and said things that were recognized by their fellows.


Since I wasn't in the city center, I didn't have much experience with exhibitions or auditions.

Still, when I took part in a blind sound guessing quiz, guessed the difference in the sound of three amps, and won five cassette tapes as a prize, I went home with a show off lol.


After that, something happened and I experienced an audio set that made listening to music more enjoyable, and I decided on my own quality of sound and the path I wanted to take.

After all, it is positioned as a tool for listening to music.

It's not just about listening to good sound.

It was important that it felt live.


I would like to write about this in the next article, "What is good sound?"


Thank you.


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