|The Malecon at Puerto Vallarta...|
Now, obviously, there's unlikely much in the way of audio equipment or audio discussion to engage in from here. However I wanted to show some pictures of what I have noticed in terms of hardware available at all the local electronics stores (dropped into a handful while shopping with the family, wandering the city)... A bit of a cultural experience for audio lovers I suppose.
As you can see, they build them big, bold, and "beautiful" around here! Notice the "technological" styling with sharp edges - not sure if that look is modern or retro. They're made to stand out, project some kind of statement. Clearly the antithesis of stylish "furniture" in the eyes of most Westerners I suspect when situated in the living room or family space.
Also, I have noticed that extremely over-stated wattage and specs must still work around here:
Check that out - 17600W "PMPO" and 1600W "RMS" on the advertisement material on top of the amp unit. I guess this line of advertisement still works around here.
And there are quite a few of these kinds of "boomboxes" here:
Given the size and separate speakers, they're clearly not meant to be portable. Primarily Asian brands like LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony... We have these brands in most of the world of course but I can't remember seeing things that look like this! Plastic fascia gone monstrous :-). Sure, I've seen this kind of styling over the years but this really takes it overboard.
Granted, I have not had an opportunity to test drive these babies... Who knows, maybe they sound great and measure well :-).
Hope everyone's enjoying a good Spring Break / Easter season...