Nothing about throwing records away felt good and the worst part was that I knew someone would probably take them if offered, even if only to dispose of them later after they realized there was no value left in any one of them. But it was my job. Continue ReadingRead More »
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The value of vinyl box sets
Vinyl box sets may be the first or last port of call for artists and collectors. Spanning entire careers, a subset of distinctive years or maybe expanding on a previous release with additional material, they usually offer something you can’t get with other releases. Combining the luxury of distinctive packaging, artwork and music with the often limited availability make them attractive but sometimes they’re not worth it. Continue ReadingRead More »
Audiophile vs. Audiophile: Who are we?
I choose records over gear and still consider myself an audiophile because what I’m after is the best sound possible without becoming obsessively devoted to an endless journey of incremental improvement. I invest significantly more into the acquisition of albums than components because it’s more enjoyable than reconfiguring gear over and over again. Breaking in new speakers or biasing fresh tubes doesn’t do it for me. Yes, I do play with speaker positioning and admit to recent improvements in the cabling and interconnect department but nothing extravagant. Not spending half a decent wage on power chords isn’t keeping me up at night contemplating the miraculous sonic clarity the reviews promise to deliver. I’ll get there, but for now, rationalizing the return on investment for every upgrade is an exercise measured in weeks of focused consideration because things can only be so good and I’m only willing to spend so much. Continue ReadingRead More »