Hobbies: Small-Fi

To purchase, assemble and operate a first-class hi-fi set, a man once had to have the patience of Job, the funds of Croesus and the genius of Edison. In order to find just the right amplifier (power unit), preamplifier (the one with all those knobs), turntable (where the records spin), tuner (hifi for FM radio) and speakers, he had to compare the wares of a large range of component part companies, shell out as much as $1,500, and spend as long as a week hooking all the parts together. The only alternative was...

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