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.

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

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile

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

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile News, Vinyl

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

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Defending The Audiophile Hobby

Analog, Audiophile News

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

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile News, Digital, High End Audio

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

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?

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile News

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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Do I Need To Be Collecting Original Pressings Of Old Records Anymore?

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile News, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff reconsiders his initial reasons for collecting physical releases on vinyl…...

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Now That It Is Digital, Should You Toss Your OG Vinyl?

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Audiophile News, News, Vinyl

Some of us long term, old school vinyl collectors are often aware of a phenomenon that happens in the marketplace for hard to find...

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Getz / Gilberto’s Classic Verve Records Acoustic Sounds Vinyl Reissue Compared, Contrasted

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music • 3 Comments

Mark Smotroff appreciates a well done reissue even for a super popular recording... ...

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So, There’s a Secret Reel-to-Reel Tape Club?

Analog • 19 Comments

Jerry Del Colliano gets lost in the hotel hallways at CES......

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Tubes and Vinyl: An Often-Misunderstood Audiophile Debate

Analog • 26 Comments

Jerry Del Colliano looks at two things that audiophiles often need…

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Why Top-Rated Phono Systems Cost So Much

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Steven Stone looks at premium turntables and their prices......

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