Wednesday, December 28, 2016
If you are not in the mood, skip until next week.
This is a complete list of the clothing and furnishings in my freshman dorm room at Yale University in the 70s:
1 twin bed
1 Max Escher poster stuck on wall with gummy adhesive
7 pairs of corduroy pants in assorted colors
7 polyester shirts with floral motifs
1 Brother electric typewriter weighing half a ton
6 cartons of records (that's vinyl to the younger folks) weighing half a ton
1 stereo system consisting of turntable, receiver, tuner, amplifier and 2 gigantic speakers weighing half a ton.
And that, my friends, was it.
We weren't materialistic in those days.
But we did spend large sums on HiFi equipment and records. Bulky, heavy equipment and records that we repeatedly lugged from room to room, and apartment to apartment, for several decades until....
....scientific advances shrunk it all into my iPhone.
Back then, having great speakers was the most important component of our systems.
And that's still true today.
Except now my speakers look like the light bulb of the future.
This is how I discovered the Sony Glass Sound Speaker:
I was wandering around an Italian furniture showroom in New York City, lingering because the music was fantastic. I couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from until a salesperson pointed to a slender, glowing, 20 inch cylinder. It looked like an "objet d'art."
I was stunned.
LSPX-S1, as my friends at Sony affectionately named it, is a wireless 360 degree sound system that pairs with a Bluetooth device to... to... to...
...well, to just blow you away.
As I write this, the Glass Sound Speakers can only be purchased from the MOMA, (Museum of Modern Art,) gift shop in Manhattan.
And now one of them sits in my living room.
Freaking me out.