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    TheKid's system takes off........ Hughes AK-100

    Another CL find!
    A somewhat rare or at least unusual find.
    To the best of my knowledge the only piece of audio gear produced by Hughes Aircraft. Have only had it set-up for a day or so but really like what it adds to the sound.

    An Ear-Boggling Development : Electronics: Hughes Aircraft is coming out with a component that gives the illusion of hearing recorded sound in three dimensions. - latimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekid View Post
    Another CL find!
    A somewhat rare or at least unusual find.
    To the best of my knowledge the only piece of audio gear produced by Hughes Aircraft. Have only had it set-up for a day or so but really like what it adds to the sound.

    An Ear-Boggling Development : Electronics: Hughes Aircraft is coming out with a component that gives the illusion of hearing recorded sound in three dimensions. - latimes
    Humm ... 1991, I suppose the AK-100 is an analog device rather than digital? Sadly for Hughes it looks like there were no further consumer audio projects.

    The AK-100 brings to mind Carver's 'Sonic Hologram Generator'. I'll admit I always was and am skeptical of these "enhancement" devices but I can see it might be fun in a secondary system.


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    It's often compared to the Carver piece from what I have read. I have only had it hooked up for a couple of days but it's pretty cool. It's not something I will use for all recordings but for some Acoustic and Jazz music it really works.
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    Wow that's a really nice piece. I've never heard of Hughes before. Like Feanor said it should be fun to dabble around with.

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    I had all but forgotten about that project. Madonna's, Vogue, was recorded with that Hughes effect. It still may be used in recording, not sure. Definitely would be a nice piece for the collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHills44060 View Post
    Wow that's a really nice piece. I've never heard of Hughes before. Like Feanor said it should be fun to dabble around with.
    I have spent a little more time with it and it's a keeper for sure. Not something to be used on music and recordings but it's easy enough to turn the the SRS effect on and off when you want. I do like how it adds to the music when I listen to my local classical radio station.
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    Nice! I'd imagine it's kind of like a precursor to the random surround affects bundled with a lot of avr's like "hall" or "concert." If it make listening to music more fun, then more power to ya!

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