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Friday, July 22, 2011

Eighties Sound

My camera seemed to have trouble focusing on everything. Maybe because its all just so darn awesome.
A new addition to my retro collection. Not gaming, but close.
I've recently dragged some old AWA speakers and an attached amp out of my garage. They use to be part of a bigger kit that included a tape deck and a record player. There was also an old Sony CD player part of it at one stage. Unfortunately though, one by one, all those things broke. Out of the whole collection the only thing that survives is the speakers and the amp/radio combo.
My Dad bought this back in the 80's but it's been sitting in the shed for a few years. I wasn't even sure if it worked anymore, but I brought the three piece in bit by bit while dodging the rain. After moving that beast of a CRT (seriously, I nearly broke my back) and the stand I now have a fully fledged stereo entertainment system for my retro gaming needs.

LED's and the whole shebang. 
Those speakers are mostly made out of wood you see, the acoustics are brilliant.
I play tested it today with Crazy Taxi and it certainly was an experience. Having The Offspring glare out of those 3 foot tall speakers was simply awesome. So much better than the stock tv speakers, I can never go back.


  1. Around two years ago I bought the adapters required to hook up all my RCA bearing consoles to my Logitech PC speakers. They're nothing fancy, just two speakers and a basic sub-woofer, only costs me £30 brand new, hwoever, the increase in sound quality was so amazing over using the crappy mono speaker build into the tiny CRT I was using that I decided also to never go back. I've realised that audio quality is just as important as video quality. It's good to see you using them old-school speakers. I see that kind of thing all the time in charity shops, perhaps I'll experiment when I have the room.

  2. You're totally right, the sound is so important. These speakers are really loud as well, like makes the windows rattle loud. I'm sure my neighbours love listening to me play Chu Chu Rocket at max volume :P

  3. Good timing! Back in the mid-90s I worked out how to hook up my consoles to my mini hifi and have insisted on proper audio amplification for my gaming ever since. No idea where I got the idea from, but I'm glad I did it.

    I actually changed up my retro gaming setup recently, replacing our very adequate Sony mini hifi system for an old Technics stereo amp and big wooden speakers. Sounds awesome :)