Those simpler times.....

Ya' know, it's kinda funny. We're all spending a great deal of time concerned about tables, arms, cartridges, phono stages, cables, impedance matching, amps, pre-amps, speakers, etc. etc. Whatever happened to the simpler times ?.....I am all of a sudden fondly remembering my first college dorm room system, freshman year, 1973. An all-in-one Panasonic receiver, 8-track tape player/recorder, and turntable, with matching speakers. I think I paid all of $260 for the whole set-up (hard earned bucks, back then). I never even thought about my system. All I ever did was cue up the records.....Doobies, Allmans, Dead, Cat Stevens, Led Zep, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Loggins & Messina, Stevie Wonder, whatever.....and simply LOVED LISTENING TO THE MUSIC !!! No stress over all the stuff we seem to be stressing about today. Only the music mattered.

Don't get me's a lot of fun researching, buying, and enjoying all our "audiophile stuff," and I totally enjoy conversing with all you guys on these forums,.....but, do yourself a favor, grab one of your favorite old LP's, sit back, and think about those "simpler times." After all, isn't it all about the music ? Happy listening, my friends.
Those "simpler times" started the journey and the journey continues to this day. That's the beauty of being a music lover, always looking to extract more of the music from whatever media we listen to.
I, like everyone here started out with a modest system (in the early 70's) and loved the way music sounded. Now that I've aged I enjoy and appreciate music even more but the old days were indeed fantastic and full of fond memories.
I agree that "simpler" times have a special appeal to me and not to rain on any parades but the times of which we speak may have seemed simpler to us because of where we were in our lives. The "adults" of the 60s and 70s had plenty of big problems to worry about. Some of them were even bigger than the ones we face today. Still, it's nice to escape to that state of mind. The human mind has a wonderful way of remembering things in a candy coated way. I think that's for our own good.