Why don’t clocks no longer have an 8 bit chime to them? ?
Battery operated wall clocks, Their chime sounds like a tape recording of real chime rods.
Back in the 1990s they played 8-bit Westminster chimes
8-bit westminster chimes = Atari 2600 sounding music.
- champerLv 74 months ago
Expensive mechanical clocks still do. For the rest, it's easier and cheaper to play a sound file rather than incorporate a striking mechanism, striker and chimes. Particularly for battery clocks which don't have the means to run the mechanism. You pays your money and takes your choice.
- DroopyLv 54 months ago
China there's a cost for going to the cheapest place to make stuff it cheap.
- elhighLv 74 months ago
Entirely too many of them still do.
I can't imagine that you're looking back on this circumstance with nostalgia, I haven't heard anything quite so awful as recorded-sounding or 8-bit chimes. Either get the real thing or spring like $10 more to get something that has better sound quality.
I just realized you may mean an eight-note chime, not eight-bit. That would be a different thing entirely.
Eight note chimes - talking about the mechanical chime movements, electronic chimes can have any number of different tones - are going to be the more expensive ones. You'll find the occasional lower-price model but even those will be a step or three up from even the best electronic chiming clocks.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 74 months ago
production had to get cheap to compete on price