Audiophile Life

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Rihanna being Rihanna.


See effortlessly sexy. How could you not want allat?

Rihanna is dancing and looking sexy, but the first thing I noticed was the Marantz TT-15S1 turntable. It’s next to her left hand towards the end of the video if you don’t see it.

This is what happens when you’re an audiophile. A beautiful person can enter a room in a see-through outfit and shake their bum, but you’ll end up looking at a turntable.

Don’t become an audiophile kids. You will prioritize the wrong things. I clearly need help…lol


My Pro-Ject RPM 6.1 SB turntable playing Hank Mobley’s Workout.

Was talking to a good friend of mine, and he reminded me that the Pro-Ject RPM 6.1 turntable was discontinued by Pro-Ject Audio a while ago. That’s sad. I had a lot of fun with it for a several years. It was a nice piece of kit.

I moved on from that turntable to the much larger Pro-Ject 10.1 turntable a few years ago, but that didn’t last too long. It’s gone. Currently have a Pro-Ject Xtension 10 at the moment which I have the option to keep or move up the chain in the near future without taking a loss. I’m looking towards an Avid Volvere - but that’s still up in the air.

In case you’ve forgotten or aren’t aware, the name of this blog is “Audiophile Life”. For the newer followers who might not be too familiar with me or my background, this is my passion, and I have written extensively about analog audio and vinyl. This was what I used to post about initially and white people loved me. I scared them all away when I made this a more general blog and started talking about racism…haha

Annoying Things About Record Coverage in the Media

Inspired by this post on NPR’s A Blog Supreme, I’ve decided to come up with the annoying things about record coverage in the media. These things are usually front and center whenever there is an article about the “vinyl revival”.

1. The crackly sound. You can substitute scratchy for this one. This talking point just won’t die. Many people seem to think that records by default are supposed to be dingy, scratchy, dusty and archaic sounding things. Provided that a record is mastered properly, it will sound great. Of course, this assumes that the person playing the record is using a clean, properly aligned cartridge, a decent turntable and stores their records well. Preferably sleeved in an upright position on a sturdy shelf or rack. Unfortunately, with the way I’ve witnessed many people handle records (usually like frisbees, with their fingers all over the LP), it’s understandable why many people think records sound like shit. They handle and store them like shit. Usually stacked on the floor, not in an upright position, but on top of each other. The records will become warped when they are stored in this fashion.

If not stored haphazardly on the floor, then they are stored unsleeved in milk crates. Usually in a dank, humid basement or attic. The records are then played on crappy turntables with cartridges that are old as shit. Naturally, it will sound like shit. Somehow, this sound is purported to be charming. I wish more people realized that what they are hearing isn’t charm, but the sound of defects and flaws. Sorry to piss on the parade. Records aren’t meant to sound like that when everything is done properly. Those memories you had of grandpa’s scratchy records just means grandpa took terrible care of his records. He probably had an old, dirty cartridge to boot. That’s a surefire way to get dirt in the grooves and damage records for good. Once you get dirt in the grooves of a record, it’s a wrap.

Record care is something that is sorely lacking outside of the audiophile community. I’ll never forget when a friend saw my record cleaning machine for the first time. She acted like I just stepped off the Star Trek Enterprise. The next time I go over to someone’s house, I will act surprised when I see clean plates. You mean you can wash plates? I thought you were supposed to keep eating off dirty plates. What kind of sorcery is this?

2. Vinyls. This word really grinds my gears. Why is vinyls becoming an acceptable word? It’s completely unacceptable. Why is there a need to pluralize vinyl? Why don’t people know that the plural for vinyl is vinyl? Avoid it all together and just call them records.

3. DJs. Not DJs as people, but the inclusion of DJs in the narrative. Nothing against them, but it seems like every “vinyl revival” story has some DJ scratching an LP. They have little to do with the resurgence of vinyl today. What do they have to do with consumers of music who buy records solely for listening? Absolutely nothing. Despite this, DJs seem to be the central figure in many of these stories. Most DJs today don’t even spin records, they use Serato, or they plugin their iPods or use laptops. Yes, people with iPods are now “disc jockeys”. Funny.

The few that still spin records certainly don’t buy new records. That would be pointless and cost prohibitive since the art of DJing is essentially damaging a record. Most go crate digging. The sales figures for the “vinyl revival” uses SoundScan data. That data only counts sales for new records. This pretty much excludes DJs. Nevertheless, whenever you see a report about the “vinyl revival” on the news, it will no doubt show some DJ scratching records, as if DJs today are why there is a resurgence of vinyl, or as if most of the people buying new records are DJs.

4. The “warm” sound. The word “warm” means different things to different people. Unfortunately, most of the people saying it couldn’t tell you what they mean when they say it. It would be one thing if an audiophile said LP playback on their system sounded warm after adding a McIntosh tube amplifier. It’s quite another to hear someone describe a present day rap record made with pro tools, being played on a USB turntable connected to a computer describe their system as “warm”. It’s clear that they have no idea what they are talking about. They heard someone say “warm” and they ran with it. Unfortunately, the news media always finds this person to quote anytime they need an article. They’re always around to spread misinformation and overall vagueness.

These are the four biggest offenders in my opinion. Anyway, it’s time for me to hop off the soapbox.

Who remembers Gold CDs? They were fairly popular many years ago among audiophiles. DCC made a lot of gold discs. MoFi made UDCDs. I had a bunch of these, and they are all out of print now. Sold off a lot of them because they were going for crazy money. I still have a few laying around. Audiophiles are nutty people. I’m not excluding myself either.

My Dynavector 20X2 cartridge up close.

My friend’s daughter wanted me to play Afro Baby, because in her words “the girl on the cover looks happy.” Well, it’s settled then; Afro Baby it is.

My friend’s daughter wanted me to play Afro Baby, because in her words “the girl on the cover looks happy.” Well, it’s settled then; Afro Baby it is.

An impressive NYC Loft System (At Ears Nova)

Gear list below.

Rockport Technologies Avior Speakers
Viva Audio Little Solista Integrated Amp (Italian Import)
Boulder 865 Integrated Amp
dCS Puccini
Aurender S10
Basis Audio 2100 Signature turntable (with Heed Audio phonostage and power supply)