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    For ‘four-channel quadraphonic’ read ‘5.1 suround sound’. So yes, that has come true, albeit in a different guise.

    Lightweight cartridges tracking at 0.1g with radioactive stylii - no.

    Tuner-amps (receivers) being in the majority - no.

    7" discs, cut by laser, and one third the standard thickness of vinyl, giving a playing time of over an hour - no. (But something similar did happen with the 5" CD)

    Predominance of speakers using electrostatic mid-range and electrostatic tweeters - no. Electrostatic speakers are still in the minority.

    Dedicated acoustically treated listening rooms becoming more prevalent - maybe, but only for the determined enthusiast.

    Continuation of tape, either cassette or open reel, as a source - no.



    As others have noted, there was no mention of digital techniques and their development. It might seem surprising that an audio journalist may have not known about the developments, but it is quite possible that manufacturers were keeping all work in that area secret until they had something ready for the market. That didn't happen until 1982

    So all in all, the predictions have not materialised. However the correspondant was looking 33 years into the future. Look what has happened in the last 15 years.

    What did Nostradamus have to say on the matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I suspect that Geoff was being facetious!

    Marco.
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    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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