Some Might Call It a Den
Not how. I mean to say: I should tell you something about the circumstances surrounding my personal act of listening.
I live in a one-bedroom apartment. The whole place is maybe 450 square feet or so. I don’t have a “listening room.” I don’t need one, really; I can hear my music, at tame levels, from anywhere in the apartment. I have a living room. Some—depending on where she grew up and how blue her eyes are—might call it a den. It measures approximately 10ft wide by 13ft long, and the ceilings are just about 8ft high. This is where the music is played.
Before I went away to college, I received as a gift a Magnavox boombox for my dorm room. I still have it, and use it everyday. It is my primary system. The tape deck reads: “AZ9345 Portable Mini System.” It utilizes Magnavox’s “Dynamic Bass Boost,” and also features high-speed dubbing. It can pick up AM and FM frequencies—though I very rarely listen to the radio, aside from the classic rock station’s “Breakfast with the Beatles” on Sunday mornings—and is also a top-loading CD player. The speakers are small, black boxes, about 10 inches tall and seem to weigh less than a pound. I guess they have a little tweeter and a woofer in there somewhere, but does it really matter? They sit directly on my pretty wood floor; no stands, feet, or spikes involved. I keep them about 17 inches away from the back wall, 30 inches from the side walls, and about 7ft from my orange Ikea couch, which is usually where I sit. The Magnavox AZ9345 Portable Mini System has never been reviewed by Stereophile, and therefore is not included in "Recommended Components."