1971 ad: Compact Stereos vs. Components

. Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Compact Stereos vs. Components in case you don't happen to be an electronic engineer. The next 600 words are a minicourse in stereo buying. You won't end up knowing what "Frequency Response:: 40-40,000 Hz 3dB@ 1 watt" means. But you'll probably now whether you want a compact stereo or separate components. You can trust us to be impartial. Here at Sony we make both. A compact plays your records and receives FM and AM radio. Sometimes it also tape records (and plays back) music or party talk, or junior promising on oath to clean up his room. All this is built into one neat package -- all except the two speakers which must be placed far enough apart to give you the two-ear "stereo" effect. Components are individual units. How far out do you live? You can mix and match them to suit your ears and needs. And you can keep building on, so there's no limit on how sophisticated and expensive your system can get. Consider your room. A compact is -- well -- compact. It saves space. But you may have bookshelves or a storage wall that's tailor made for components. Next consider your location. If you live far from your favorite radio station (or if in a big city you want to tune in a weak station through a clutter of nearer stronger stations) you'll need a super sensitive tuner. You're more likely to get it as a component. Now your ears. How sophisticated are they? If you're buying components you'll want to shop around, match, compare, listen for tiny differences, and ask intelligent questions about ohms and watts. You can see why stereo nuts like components. In compacts, the manufacturer has done all this for you. The "components" within your compact are pre-matched. You get less flexibility but more convenience and certainty. Actually under normal conditions, a good compact sounds just about as hi-fi as components. But by all means buy components -- including a high-power amplifier -- if your room is huge. Or full of heavy, sound-absorbing drapes and overstuffed furniture. Or if you like your music at ear-shattering volume. Just be sure you have a watertight lease -- or not very neighboring neighbors. Finally consider your wallet. A reliable compact could go from $150 to $400. A system of topnotch components from $500 to $1000. Notice we said "reliable" and "topnotch" and that the prices happen to be jsut about those of the Sony line. How loud will you play it? Now you still don't know what a watt is. But you know  lot more about what kind of stereo want. P.S. if you'd like more information on Sony compacts or components, write to the address below. Sony.

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