Audiophile Wankery

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 05:57 pm
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So for various reasons including not actually having my own room for most of the last few years my audiophile tendencies have gone unloved. My lovely Technics turntable sat lonely and unconnected. My vinyl languished on its shelves.

Recently I got my room back.

So I decided to reward myself for getting it (mostly) sorted out, tidy and shipshape by buying myself one of these.

Oh. My. God.

I am hearing some songs as I haven't heard them in YEARS. All those people who tell you that there's no audible difference in sound quality between compressed digital stuff and analogue are bullshitting. I know this because one of the first things daughter and I did was put on Fear of the Dark (1998 digital remaster) followed by Fear of the Dark (2015 remastered for hipster vinyl) and it was astounding. So I have spent most of the last couple of days excitedly fishing out old records and cooing over how amazing they sound. Side 2 of Welcome To My Nightmare gave me goosebumps.

Of course even if you're not as much of an audiophile wanker as I am, and are merely a tech geek, I'd still rec the particular amp I bought because it works seamlessly with things like spotify too. Best of both worlds? Hell yes. Thank Cthulhu for hipsters, I say. You'd never have got something that did spotify AND vinyl even a couple of years ago... I can punt podcasts to it from bed! I am really genuinely massively happy with it.

Of course now I need to get new speaker cables, and build a proper stand for it, and... ;)

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 06:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alithea
I've promised hubby that he can buy a turntable once we have somewhere to put it. I know I haven't listened to vinyl since I was a teenager but I thought digital stuff wasn't as rich sounding... although admittedly my CDs sound much better since we bought a new stereo about 3 years ago!

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 07:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alithea
Yeah, I can hear those anti-child whine alarm things too, I put it down to little exposure to repeated loud noise and hating earphones so wearing them as little as possible!

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 10:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] autopope
Niiice, but then I saw the price and ouchie I am not feeling the need to replace the NAD amp and Airport Express driving my office speakers just yet :)

(Let alone the dual Homepods in the bedroom—which are now reduced from launch price, so that a pair costs about as much as the Onkyo system without any speakers.)

Maybe when I replace the living room TV stack ...

Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2019 06:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] autopope
I have no idea why anybody would want surround-sound at home; I prioritize sound quality, which is why my TV/Tivo plays through an old Cambridge Audio amp and a pair of big-ass floor standing Mission 770s. Most sound bars I've seen do not impress me with their audio reproduction: those that do are an order of magnitude more expensive than I'm prepared to spend, being a cheapskate :)

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019 12:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wildeabandon
Heya - completely off-topic, but I don't think I have your email address, so this looks like the easiest way of getting in touch. I've just started a contract with the University of Huddersfield, so I'm going to be in your neck of the woods during the week for the next little while. Would you like to have coffee or dinner sometime soon? I'm on sebastian at wildeabandon dot org

Date: Monday, January 21st, 2019 05:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lady_lugosi1313
Analogue for the win :-)

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