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Professor Stanley Unwin: Maximole Satisfactual & Deep Joy Too (setting up your stereo system)

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  • Professor Stanley Unwin: Maximole Satisfactual & Deep Joy Too (setting up your stereo system)

    The profs take on setting up your hifi!

    "If all else fails, read the instructions"

  • #2
    BBC Type A and B .... an explanation.

    Well, you learn something new every day. Who would believe that Pro. Unwin actually worked as an engineer at the BBC. Astonishing.

    Talking about BBC mixing desks here. It's all very clear to me now.

    What is really astonishing is the quality of the recording, the beautiful annunciation (of one party at least). A lost art.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      All clear to me ...

      Sadly I understood what he meant and will now claim that I hold the secrets to real stereophonicalluyinhtoshment....



      • #4
        ... and me too!

        Originally posted by A.S. View Post
        Talking about BBC mixing desks here
        Amazing - and it all made sense too!

        {Worrying. Very worrying.}


        • #5
          Did you notice the mention of Capt. Eckersley (and his patent) at about 2 mins in?

          As I recall, the poor captain was dismissed in disgrace around 1930, having fallen for a married woman, which Director General John Reith simply couldn't tolerate.
          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK