Jen and I bought ourselves a new hi-fi on Friday. I won't bore you with the details, but, suffice to say, it is totally awesome. So awesome, in fact, that the chap who sold it to us won't let us install it ourselves. He insists on coming to the house to fit it in person. We would do it wrong, apparently. Very Spinal. The kit is now on order and should be here in about a week. I am ridiculously excited.
Get this, though: our new hi-fi doesn't include a CD player. CDs are very Twentieth Century, apparently. We did intend to buy a CD player, because our current one was bought in 1987 and physically shudders when you open the drawer. But when we heard a comparison between the (very high quality) CD player we hoped to buy, and the new-fangled Digital Stream (DS) player we also hoped to buy, the DS player won hands down. We realised that we would never listen to a CD player again, so why buy one? Then, the wiley chap in the hi-fi shop pointed out that, if we combined the money we had budgeted for the CD and DS players, we could get an even better DS player, which would sound an order of magnitude better again. Which it did. So we did.
Then there was the not-so-small matter of the speakers and cables, and a RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive to hold all of our soon-to-be-digitised music. For any of my geeky colleagues who happen to be reading this, the answer to the question you will no doubt be asking me on Monday is 6TB. That's right, six terabitesbytes. No doubt you'll be able to get that much on a data stick by a week next Tuesday, but, at the moment, it sounds like an awful lot. The chap in the shop reckoned about 5,000 uncompressed CDs worth. That should do us for a while.
Oh, and if any ladies happen to be reading this, in answer to the question you will no doubt be asking, the new hi-fi is black. None more black.
Like I said, I am very excited.
By way of a mini celebration, therefore, here is John Fogery singing Born on the Bayou:
(If I were you, I'd expect a few more music-related posts on Gruts in the near future.)