Hi-Fi Corner - Vinyl, CD, Cassettes and the rest

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My good lady shares a few but not most of my interests and obsessions. Vinyl and following football teams that usually lose in obscure parts of the country are the two that most puzzle her. She just bought me this and I'm not sure if it's a "thought you'd find it interesting," or "take a look at yourself in the mirror," type present. I'll report back in due course. Meanwhile, has anyone else read any of Magnus Mills' previous novels?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/07/forensic-records-society-by-magnus-mills-review

".......The Forensic Records Society’s idyll of pint-drinking and beard-stroking is destroyed when a rival society establishes itself on Tuesdays in the same small back room. It calls itself the Confessional Records Society, and has fundamentally different values.

For reasons of their own … they regarded records in a completely different light to us. They viewed them as little more than props and accessories, and saw no intrinsic value in the records themselves. Accordingly there existed a gulf between the two persuasions which could never be bridged.

This leads to “bickering, desertion, subterfuge and rivalry”. It also leads to a story that could be read as a disguised retelling of the Russian revolution, or the Reformation, or the Sunni-Shia schism, or any great human falling out.......".
 

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I'm sure she means 'you should find this interesting'. It's only music, a pastime of ours, so we don't have to take a look at ourselves ;)

Anyways, just got myself Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain on vinyl. TBH, I only wanted the record for Third Uncle and a couple of other tracks, but can't say I'm too impressed. Thought the record would sound a lot better than the cd but I was wrong. Too bright and bass light to my ears.
 

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En route to a cheap and enjoyable game of football yesterday (City continued the Great Escape with a 1 - 0 win over Dorchester), I picked up some old vinyl to fill out the weekend.



Forgive the photo. Prize find was Third Degree which doubles my Nine Below Zero collection. The Incredible String Band offers a flashback to 1966 and the two Live Johnny Winter Albums probably completes my Texas Albino Blues collection.

Favourite JW track from my old stuff:


Looking forward to:

 

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Right, we all know the importance of a good carbon fibre record brush. I would even go as far as say that owning over 10,000 vinyl records is worthless if you don't have a record brush (this is a dig at people like my old man, who does indeed have a couple of brushes but they're still as new as the day he bought them back in the early 80's, I think).

Now I've had multiple examples of CF brushes, and I thought they all looked more or less the same so I decided to order a couple from Hong Kong at only 3 quid each. I can confirm that they are exactly the same as the other much more expensive offerings from the likes of Pro-ject, Milty, AM, etc etc. All these brands do is to print their name over the brushes, or in the case of SRM Tech, just plaster a sticker over the side of the brush. I've used mine for some 10 weeks now and they haven't scratched my records or anything, although I was warned by some hobbyists that these Chinese 'knock offs' would. I've even gone as far as brushing a cheap mint record I don listen to for some three days a day for these 10 weeks and I'm not seeing any scratches or scuffing at all.

So if you're thinking of getting a branded one then don't, you'd only be wasting your money.
 

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Distracted by my new toy (camera), I've been neglecting updates on cartridge and speakers.

Both have bedded in and rock. A small problem is that they've taken the edge off listening to some great CDs and almost anything in the back room on midi hifi speakers..

That said, I have no Springstein, Alabama 3 or Neil Young on vinyl and they work fine anywhere coz I've only ever heard them on CD, often in the car.

Next move has to be some decent headphones to replace my ancient Sony DR-S5s. Recommendations??
 

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Distracted by my new toy (camera), I've been neglecting updates on cartridge and speakers.

Both have bedded in and rock. A small problem is that they've taken the edge off listening to some great CDs and almost anything in the back room on midi hifi speakers..

That said, I have no Springstein, Alabama 3 or Neil Young on vinyl and they work fine anywhere coz I've only ever heard them on CD, often in the car.

Next move has to be some decent headphones to replace my ancient Sony DR-S5s. Recommendations??
Sadly, I've found that out ages ago. It's not necessarily a bad thing, as a good turntable/cartridge combo together with a pair of decent speakers is the way to go, but like you say one then neglects his cd collection including those superb sounding and decently mastered ones too.

No Alabama 3 vinyl (or cds) at all, but I've got some Springsteen and Neil Young on vinyl. Off the top of my head I've got Springsteen's The River, Nebraska, Darkness and Born To Run, plus Freedom, Rust never sleeps and Harvest by N.Young. BUT I'm sure I'm missing quite a few others, probably stacked away because I don't listen to them much.

I'm afraid I don't have any recommendations re. headphones, as my fav is a pair of Yamaha HP-1's from 1976 according to this site - http://www.digitalthis.org/bild_other\1_yamahahp1.htm - and just like the guy who wrote that piece, I also used to think they were from the late 80's. I got them from a friend of mine who thought they were too heavy. Granted, they're not the lightest but they're rugged and that's a big plus to me. And they sound good :cool1:

I've got another two pairs (one of which is a Sennheiser which are supposedly good), but truth be told, I'm not a fan of modern headphones. Far too flimsy for the most part, and the better and more rugged ones are too expensive IMO.
 

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The wife is slowly dragging me into the 21st Century. From being a minor user of our old Evesham PC, last year she made the leap to Windows 10 with a new all singing and dancing Tablet, which she now watches a lot of TV and videos on. I'm still clinging to Windows 7 and only use my Android phone for texts, FM Radio and the odd photo or emergency call.

She's now bought and installed a Bose soundbar for the TV - why hadn't I done it years ago? I only need to make use of the wifi network I've half set up and I can solve my frustrations with my Laptop sound by playing all the great music shared on here through the soundbar.

Should be sorted by next year.
 

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Pleased to report that the good lady's inspiration has delivered dividends.

It's only taken a couple of hours of head scratching to get my new B & W P7 wireless headphones connected up with everything. What do you know, the laptop had bluetooth. TooTronics wireless transmitter connected to the Denon amp. That'll do for now. I need a rest.

 

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I've never met anyone with a blue tooth. The ones I've seen were generally whitish or yellowish, or what once were whitish but are now yellowish due to cigarette smoking like mine are.

Seriously though, I'm glad it was a couple of hours of head scratching Alan, and I would have probably easily doubled your time if it were me. I'm a quick learner, but that's the thing, I need somebody to show me how things are done first before attempting to do them myself. Unless it's something predominately mechanical like a full manual turntable for instance, and that's mainly because I had so many record players before that I don't struggle so much whenever I need to repair one nowadays.
 

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Nobody buying any new records then? I most certainly will not be buying any recently pressed records for the foreseeable future unless it's a record that I simply have got to get. Last new record I bought was Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts of the Great Highway and I had to return my copy for another as it had a two inch deep scratch across side 2. Now bear in mind this album was pressed at two record plants (Optimal for the UK/European market and GZ for the NA one) and apparently the GZ pressing - quelle surprise ;) - was horrendous, so I supposedly had the good pressing but I still managed to get myself a dud one :ffs:

However the main reason I'll be trying not to buy any recent stuff is down to this whole trend of remastering everything in sight. While I do acknowledge that some 60's and 70's stuff (i.e. notably the records with, say, guitar on the left channel and bass and drums on the right one or vice versa) do indeed benefit from a proper remastering job, 99% of all remasters are only done for monetary reasons and nothing else.

As you all know, I listen to a wide variety of music but my favs will always be artists from the post-punk era like The Cure, JD and the Banshees among many others, and most of the original pressings already sound great IMO. I could do with new copies of certain records by the aforementioned artists but I want these to sound like they did back in the early 80's and not remastered to sound like a mono record, which in truth is how most recent remasters sound.

Rant over.

Btw, I think I'll be using this thread in the future to post any interesting vids I come across on YT. Don't worry, the vids I have in mind are certainly not of the 'audiophile' variety!
 

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Old thread resurrection!

I continue to be unable to walk past a charity shop. I've had some nice-enough finds since I last posted on here.

2 Clash albums (debut and Combat Rock) in nice shape for £1 each
Van Morrison "Moondance" in very nice shape for £2.49 (original pressing too)
A few nice "golden-age" classical LPs, and a nice collection of jazz records from a chap on a jazz forum.
 

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The last record I bought was a mint copy of the latest Marilyn Manson album, last week :blush:

I actually need to buy a new record player soon, I'll pop in here for some tips nearer the time.
 

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Old thread resurrection!

I continue to be unable to walk past a charity shop. I've had some nice-enough finds since I last posted on here.

2 Clash albums (debut and Combat Rock) in nice shape for £1 each
Van Morrison "Moondance" in very nice shape for £2.49 (original pressing too)
A few nice "golden-age" classical LPs, and a nice collection of jazz records from a chap on a jazz forum.
I just felt like resurrecting a thread and it was either this one or the Foresta Suceava one. I was leaning towards the latter but while I was checking out their results on a Romanian website I came across this quote from their manager "At the last training we had 11 players. And with me 12. I asked the leadership to legitimize four children'' :bl:Pretty distasteful if you ask me so I gave up on 'em.

Seriously though, I'm like you and I also can't help it when it comes to car boot sales and charity shops, though with easily accessible sites like Discogs and Popsike, the days of grabbing yourself a bargain are long gone I think. A few days ago I found a handful of NM looking tapes and one of those was one by Otis Spann (The Blues Never Die) and it's really good. I have a couple of Otis Spann cd's in my collection but this one's different as he's accompanied by a full band. One of the other tapes is by Sweet Emma, an artist I had never heard of before, but I haven't had time to listen to this one yet.

Btw, what is this golden age of classical? I confess the only classical stuff I listen to is of the minimalist variety (Glass, Reich, Adams etc)


The last record I bought was a mint copy of the latest Marilyn Manson album, last week :blush:

I actually need to buy a new record player soon, I'll pop in here for some tips nearer the time.
Oh don't you worry about that, we all have our little guilty pleasures. One of mine is freely admitting to people that U2 do have a number of great tunes like The Unforgettable Fire, Bad, Dirty Day and a handful of others. Bear in mind that I can't stand Bono and you'll see where I 'm coming from!
 

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Btw, what is this golden age of classical? I confess the only classical stuff I listen to is of the minimalist variety (Glass, Reich, Adams etc)
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It refers to early stereo classical LPs from certain labels. Many of them are very sought-after and expensive, and it's still possible to pick them up for a quid in charity shops, if you know what you're looking for.
 

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Btw, what is this golden age of classical? I confess the only classical stuff I listen to is of the minimalist variety (Glass, Reich, Adams etc)
It refers to early stereo classical LPs from certain labels. Many of them are very sought-after and expensive, and it's still possible to pick them up for a quid in charity shops, if you know what you're looking for.[/QUOTE]

Ah I see. I thought it referred to a certain era like when e.g. somebody says the golden years of punk were 1976-78.

I remember stumbling across this blog one time and there was this little article about collectable classical records and how to distinguish different pressings by looking at the record label's logo and label colour and other such stuff. Even then the writer warned about paying extra attention to matrix numbers and other minute details. I reckon one really needs to know his stuff when it comes down to seeking out rare classical records as it looks much more harder than seeking out rare pop and rock stuff.
 

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