Altophile wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:57 am
CliffK wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:52 am
Vinyl has a growing market share albeit small say 5 percent. Streaming has brought music conveniently to consumers sparking interest and apparently thus has actually helped vinyl sales. Young people are buying vinyl and indie labels have a market.
See, for example
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/ ... -streaming
Audio equipment, with electronics and sound engineering, is a fascinating hobby in itself but one doesnt need high end equipment to get pleasing sound. As a hobbyist, all the equipment I have collected over the years has been used and I assemble different systems for different rooms in the house and tinker. Really high end equipment is out of my budget but I enjoy quality products from Thorens, Revox, MacIntosh, Electrocompaniet, Rega, Tandberg, etc. If I want to seriously listen to a cd, or record a master, I use a Studer unit (admit that was spendy) I got from a commercial studio on the West Coast and use Sennheiser HD 25 headphones. I have some cassettes as well which sound fine to me at home or in the car.
Vinyl and even cassettes can sound very pleasing indeed, not to mention FM radio. Plus you can get into audio equipment as another hobby. For convenience, I have downloaded music to my Ipad and it sounds fine through my B&O ear buds.
There is a vast amount of quality used equipment out there and one can also build a modest new system at reasonable cost. Some second hand vendors actually clean their records on machines to prep them for sale and grade them as to condition. When going through the used bins you can closely inspect the record for scratches and blemishes.
A man after my own heart, i.e. a hobbiest audiophile on a beer gudget:-)
I've wanted a Rega Planer 3 for years, but I just refuse to spend that much money on a turntable, especially since it would necessitate that I upgrade other equipment to get the most out of it. For that sort of investment I could buy an Brahms or an Alto guitar, or both!
I did finally buy a pair of SPICA TC 60s, and have been enjoying the them a lot.
FYI, FIIO has a portable music player that supposedly sounds much better than an iPod. When my last iPod finally dies, like my second to last one did last month, then I'll probably either go with a smartphone rated for high-end audio, or a FIIO.
I started out on a beer budget and sold and upgraded gear over time to get to where I am now. I went though various bookshelf speakers and other designs, including some wacky spherical speakers from Gallo, for instance. Then, a number of years ago, I got a pair of Gryphon Cantata speakers from a guy who was converting his three car garage into a listening room! The Cantatas are designed for small apartments, they have an external Q controller that rolls off the bass energy in order to eliminate the booming you get with large speakers in a small space.
I rescued a hundred pound Class A amplifier from a pawn shop. I spent around $1500 to have it rebuilt and it has been performing flawlessly for over ten years. The trouble is that it will trip its thermal protection circuits in the summer and it requires two fans to cool it. Still, there is something to be said for the smoothness of Class A amplifiers, there is no crossover distortion, but they require huge heatsinks and huge transformers.
I haven't upgraded my system in years. I've been happy with a Michell Gyro Dec turntable, Accuphase CD player, and a MacIntosh tuner. Then, two weeks ago, I found a matching amp for the Gryphon Cantatas and I could not resist. It's rare to find such amps on the used market. After ten years, I think it is time to change my sound and replacing the main amplifier will certainly do that.
I am also looking into getting a better DAC than the one on the Accuphase CD player. Streaming services have made listening to music easy, and ROON is a wonderful music discovery tool.
Yes, it all takes money but even simple two channel systems sound better than headphones, generally speaking, and, with two channel systems you can move around your space while the music is playing and you can share the sound with your spouse. Some stereos can sound sublime.The result can never equal live music but it can be a wonderful thing in its own right.
If people want to find good gear, look for the site, audio gone. LOL.
I might suggest that people avoid buying the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh guitar and put some of that money into a high quality stereo system.