The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 28, 1974, Image 5

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CHOOSE COMPONENTS.
You have the opportunity to choose your turntable, control section, amplifier and speakers. The ones
that are best for you. In prepackaged systems, all of those things are chosen by the manufacturer on
the basis of what's best for him. Each manufacturer has his strengths ... and weaknesses. By doing your
own choosing, and taking advantage of an attractive system price, you can get the sound you want for
less than the sound you might have to "settle for" in a compact or console.
KNOW THYSELF.
What do you want a music system for? If you're really into hard rock FM, concentrate on a receiver and
speakers that are large enough to blow your mind without doing the same to your budget. If, on the
other hand, you concentrate on your own records and rarely listen to radio, the turntable arid cartridge
become extremely important. Analyze your listening tastes - and then disregard glittering extras that
you may never use anyway.
KNOW THY BUDGET.
Have a good idea of how much you want to spend. In stereo components, a reasonable range these days
is from a little above $209 to about $650. Below $200, unless the system is for a very small space (like a
car) there isn't enough sound to be truly high fidelity. Hi-fi means "sounds like the real thing." Between
$200 and $650 there are a variety of possibilities, each truly high fidelity, and offering extras and great
er power to fill large rooms with sound as the price increases. Above $650, music systems have refine
ments of special interest to the audio enthusiast whose budget allows him to indulge in absolute perfection.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR.
The speaker is the most important part of the system because different models show the greatest sound
variation of any part of the system. You should listen for (1) good deep bass (not boomy!), (2) well
spread-out highs, (3) properly proportioned tonal response (good reproduction of all notes), (4) clean
transient response, (5) efficiency (how loud the speakers sound for a given electrical input). The latter
determines how much power will be needed in your next choice the control section. ,
The preferred type of control section is the receiver - a single instrument containing an AMFM stereo
tuner and an amplifier for increasing the power of tuner or phono signals to the level necessary to drive
the speakers. With your room size, proximity to FM stations and your choice of, speakers in mipd.Jock at
the receivers for (1) power; (2) FM performance, (3) control versatility. The first two are usually specified
by the manufacturer and confirmed by trade publications and our own testing. When comparing two units
be sure that each is specified in comparable terms.
The record player or tape deck plugs into the receiver and provides an alternats music source. !f you're
choosing a record player, be sure to note (1) does it play multiple records or single only, (2) does it run
at unwavering speed, (3) does it track your records lightly, (4) is it quiet, (5) is the phono cartridge ap
propriate for low record wear and good sound in the player. Tape players (and recorders) are becoming
more end more popular. You can choose among convenient cassette and 8-track formats and the most
versatile open reel types. Because both record and tape players combine mechanical and electronic parts,
be sure to rats reliability as a most important factor.
WHERE TO LOOK.
There are a number of stereo shops in Lincoln. We suggest you check at least three of them when
you're shopping - including Stereo Studio, of course! Check price, performance and service. Some
body wil! always have en extra low price, but if there is little or no guarantee of the equipment,
that's no bargain. Likewise, the service behind the guarantee is part of a deal. The more extensive
and immediate it is, the more it is worth. We believe that, once you've had a chance to compare,
you'll wind up back at Stereo Studio.
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SMS-1016.
It would be virtually impossible to approximate the performance of the
Soperscope SMS-101c in separate components for its low price of SI 93.35,
That's why, for the starter in stereo, we've selected this Superscope compact.
The SMS-1016 has & high-performance FET tuner, AM and FM, full black
out illuminated slide dial, Quadrephase circuitry for four-channel hookup,
tuning strength meter, headphone jack and tape monitor. The amplifier
section delivers 10 watts continuous (RMS power, both channels driven in
to an 8 ohm load.
Perched atop the electronics section, in s convenient space-saving ar
rangement is a full-size 3-speed BCR changer with cueing lever and hinged
detachable dust cover. The speakers are extended-rarcs Superscope S-16's.
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