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par4ken

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RE : The audio journalist's statement... " I see no need for the regular audiophile to scrap his present equipment,"

You know one thing I noticed with the majority of these authors in Audio magazines in the late 60's and 70's as well is that they are all under the assumption that the only humans that invest in high end audio , are Male .
And quad is included.
I know females may be in the minority for this time period , but you'd still think their terminology would not be so sexist. I wonder how many future female audiophiles were dissuaded with quadraphonics because of these types of comments. The term "narrow minded" might be suitable and hopefully this type of singularity has ended .

I know on QQ we have both male and females involved with surround (and quad).👩‍💻👨‍💻
Me thinks our regular QQ moderator Quad Linda might agree.

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Fizzy, even today most audiophiles seem to be men. That sexist language still seems normal to me even today but I do understand where you're coming from. Back to that time, sexist terminology was often widely used and without a second thought given to it, it was considered normal (I suppose that we now have a new normal). I don't think that sexist assumptions or language would of dissuaded anyone that had a keen interest in high end audio, it may of annoyed some people though.
 

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I wasn't offended back then when it was assumed that guys were the only people buying hi-fi. Other than gals buying car-fi, there were perhaps 1-2 women per month shopping for hi-fi in my store. Out of over 1000 people entering our door each month.

My experience the first five years in the business were that. In the late '70's, it began to change. Women were buying systems for themselves.

I was a big hi-fi nut when I was in grade school. Had a 7" reel-to-reel before I was 10. It was cheaper than buying all those 45's. Lots of allowances & mowed lawns payed for it.

There were other women selling hi-fi. At Pacific, we had a Women in Management program.
 

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RE : The audio journalist's statement... " I see no need for the regular audiophile to scrap his present equipment,"

You know one thing I noticed with the majority of these authors in Audio magazines in the late 60's and 70's as well is that they are all under the assumption that the only humans that invest in high end audio , are Male .
And quad is included.
I know females may be in the minority for this time period , but you'd still think their terminology would not be so sexist. I wonder how many future female audiophiles were dissuaded with quadraphonics because of these types of comments. The term "narrow minded" might be suitable and hopefully this type of singularity has ended .

I know on QQ we have both male and females involved with surround (and quad).👩‍💻👨‍💻
Me thinks our regular QQ moderator Quad Linda might agree.

🤦‍♂️🤷‍♀️
The English language defined the case where a single person might be male or female with the default of using the masculine singular pronoun.

This is in the manual of style I had in high school and college.
 

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(Sic) s/b ok.


But I digress , so back to the thread.

Had Columbia Records (CBS) any Quadraphonic foresight , they may have joined Vanguard's realization that Quad Reels were a viable format .
Afterall they were starting to make quad mixes in the late 60's .
In fact John McClure (CBS's "Mucky Muck" in charge of new engineered productions) , had already produced in 1969 at least one quad music selections tape* . Featuring some of the Companies Top Artists for the Scheiber Quad Matrix Sampler .




(* FWIW Somewhere I read 3 different quad sampler vinyl records were made .)
 
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