I've broken this section down to three areas for now: Audio/Visual Electronics, Digital Photography, and Personal Electronic Gadgetry.
The A/V Section will describe the Home Theater System I've assembled the past few years. I have a few things I think I can contribute to the level of quality one can rationally expect to obtain with a component Home Theater System. I lost about 35% of my hearing while I was a Missile Combat Crew Commander, and I don't pretend to have the ears now to qualify as a true audiophile. But when I was younger my hearing
was off the charts and I could genuinely tell the subtlest differences in audio quality. Some of my most enjoyable after-school hours, were spent at the local Hi-Fi boutigue that served the more discriminating high-end stereophiles in downtown L.A. This was one of those huge warehouses that had 13 or 14 separate, glass-encased rooms for listening to each manufacturer's equipment. Those were the days of Scott, Macintosh and Fisher before they cashed out to Taiwan and ruined their brands, and the new players at the time, Nakamichi, Sony, and Yamaha. But in those days the very best electronics were still designed and built in the U.S of
A--a matter of great pride for enthusiasts in those days. I remember coveting the huge Scott and Teac reel-to-reel systems, but I had to settle for a more modest Concord
Reel-reel Recorder that gave remarkably high fidelity for what it cost me. I did have a great American-made Magnavox FM Stereo Radio in those days with honest-to-god Hi-Fi stereo cone speakers inside.
Photography has always been a hobby of mine. It was one of the subjects I actually passed during my first fitful attempts at college. I had a great old Konica then, but lusted for Nikons or Canons. I've owned two of the best Canons ever made but lost them both to "significant others" (heh). They were the Canon EF and the first Canon AE-1. Being stationed in Hawaii while in the Air Force was like a dream come true for an A/V buff. Both electronics and cameras were cheap as dirt then in the Base Exchanges. I've since graduated from a Polaroid Spectra, to Digital Photography. Digital Photography still amazes me. You get instant gratification, and if you take a bad photo, you just erase it and retake it right on the spot. And of course it's a natural tie-in to my computer interests. My digital camera of choice is an early Ricoh, the RDC-300. Its most endearing feature is a permanent 4 megabyte memory onboard. Just fill it up, upload it to your laptop, erase it all, and start all over.
The remainder of my electronics section will comprise such items as personal assistants, smart phones, cell phones, and other household electronic gadgetry.