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  • It's A Worldwide Craze!

    Japanese audiophiles are spending thousands of dollars on high-end stereo systems. Some are even installing private utility poles for a personal source of electricity, all in a quest for aural perfection. Photo: Juro Osawa/The Wall Street Journal
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    Love the guy in the 250 s/f apartment with those horns- I think they are from that company that refurbishes old JBLs. As a culture, the Japanese (and other Asian cultures) rule! (And it isn't compulsion, which is how it is viewed in the West- ah, the guy is a whacko. No, there it is the quest for perfection in the smallest details. The line between genius and madness is a thin one....


    • #3
      he neglected to say his "girlfriend" IS his stereo. this short little vid is an exemplification of Japanese society as a whole. its not uncommon for a 'salary man' to annually, spend the equivalent of a few month's salary or more on luxury items, audio included.


      • #4
        Nice "save" on saying his girlfriend is as equally important. LOL!
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        • #5
          He has to have a girlfriend with her own place, he needs a place to sleep.


          • Rob
            Rob commented
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            in Japan *girlfriend* can be a euphemism for *hostess club* aka rent-a-girlfriend (truth!)

          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            You had to burst the bubble!

          • Rob
            Rob commented
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            Myles, you should have gone to Japan before you remarried, I keep telling single guys that

        • #6
          Kendrick Sound/Rey Audio
          Appearance is deceiving; man in photo is actually 7 feet tall!