Analog

There is no more emotional topic with audiophiles than the sonic characteristics of vinyl. Audiophiles go to the most over-the-top extremes to get the most from their collection of vinyl records. They spend anywhere from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars on turntables that can deliver the most magical of sound. Critics say that vinyl has a high signal to noise ratio and limited dynamics compared to Compact Discs but it’s hard to argue that the analog sound is alluring, sexy and compelling. Vinyl also is the format that, by far, the most audiophile records are released on. 180 gram and 200 gram analog records provide a fantastic musical experience.

Record Store Day Preview: Bill Evans Live In Buenos Aires, 1973/1979

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile News, Compact Disc, Record Store Day, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff appreciates the between-the-lines recordings from his favorite artists…...

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Record Store Day Preview Listening Report: The Lost Mingus Album From Ronnie Scott’s

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Mark Smotroff rejoices over a jazz legend’s late peak period archival release… ...

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Listening Report: Do You Need U2’s Achtung Baby On Vinyl?

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Mark Smotroff re-considers a classic 90s era album with fresh ears…

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Bear Family Explores Washington DC’s Music Scene 1940-1960 (Part 1?)

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Mark Smotroff gets some deep East Coast music education… ...

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Sweet Unreleased Reggae Sounds Score On Ethiopian’s Return Of Jack Sparrow

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Mark Smotroff opens his mind to some new but familiar sounds… ...

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Defending The Audiophile Hobby

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Paul Wilson relishes being one of those audio guys…

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Record Store Day: Penrose Sampler Delivers Smooth Souldies From Los Angeles

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff dives deep into some of Los Angeles’ finest fresh sounds…...

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Changüí: The Sound Of Guantánamo, A Super Deluxe Boxed Set For Super Deluxe Music

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Mark Smotroff finds existential joy from a new music he’s never heard before…...

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A Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Grail And The Lost Art Of Special Editions

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff revels in a rarity he discovered and wonders…

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Flamin’ Groovies, Dave Edmunds, Rock ’n Roll & Record Store Day

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile News, Vinyl • One Comment

Mark Smotroff continues to revel in the joys of a legendary San Francisco band…...

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How Do You Explain Our Hobby to A Non-Audiophile?

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Paul Wilson describes the problems in explaining our hobby.

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Record Store Day Preview: Jazz Dispensary’s Dank D-Funk Blend, Vol. 2

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Audiophile News, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff thinks you probably need this although you probably don’t know it yet…...

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