And speaking of Unbuilt Heath
shkit Affectation Disorder
, groove to this: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12836697
[ stop reading here for a moment, click the link, then come back for the rest of my dazzling commentary ]
Now, 'fess up. How many of you taking your first glance at this auction had absolutely no clue what a matrix decoder is? What would you do with one today? Why was this worth $64.98 plus shipping to some goober with too much spare cash and a little solder? Hell, for all we know the buyer has no idea what it does and bought it to flip because they know unbuilt Heath
kits can pull serious coin from the obsolete technology deficit crowd on eBay. (Translation: Old Dudes in Florida)
So....... Have you figured out what it is?
Look at the pics of the parts. Note the jack board with five pair of RCA phono jacks. Big clue it's an audio device. Even bigger clue if you're old enough to remember the first marketing push in the early 70's for Quad Stereo. Four channel SQ surround sound. The great idea that flew like a ruptured duck. The matrix decoder is the piece that splits stereo into Quad. All you'd need to make this play is a turntable, Shibata tipped Audio-Technica cartridge, and a vintage Quad LP like Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells
. Plus a four channel amplifier and speakers. (Duh)
$64.98 ? Yo' Mamma
BTW: If you want to bid on something, bid on this: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13366483
You'll get more use out of it.