I am trying to understand how speakers have changed since the 1970s, and would like to understand just what avole is saying in this post:
Speaker technology in terms of materials used and computer modelling may have moved on, but, withe the exception of active speakers, any change in sound has more to do with current tastes than any technological change. Fast and forward is what suits AV best, and it's AV that is calling the shots.
The one area where things have changed is in amplification. Digital technology and the Class D amp has really caused one of the two great revolutions.
The other, of course, is network streaming and DACs, but that has little to do with vinyl.
What is an active speaker? From the context, it sounds like it is not just referring to one that is turned on and producing sound.
What is 'fast and forward' in terms of sound quality, and what is AV? I used to use that to refer to 'audio visual' but I don't think that's what the poster was referring to.
What is a Class D amp? Network streaming? (I know what that is when it refers to computers, but not audio technology) DACs?
And, more basically, why are current speakers so much smaller than speakers in the '70s?
I have done a fair bit of reading on the VE forum since joining, and am learning quite a bit. I could browse this site for hours trying to find answers to my questions but I have a business to run, and I don't have that sort of time.
Thank you for any help you can give me. I'm sure if one of you wandered onto one of the dog forums I usually frequent, you, too, would be baffled by abbreviations and terms like WL, SL, mal, KKl1, koer and easty-westy to list just a few!