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.

Calling a POS a POS

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Steven Stone wonders when and how much to push when a friend contemplates buying a sub-par turntable…

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What Ever Happened to Progress?

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Roger Skoff looks at progress and audio and wonders if we are going forward, backward, or just sideways......

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Pick ‘Em By Color

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Roger Skoff shows how he categorizes his record collection......

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Remembering Magic and Thinking of Voodoo

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Roger Skoff looks back a several memorably impossible CES demos…

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Supervinyl!

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Roger Skoff looks at manufacturing methods methods for making LPs sound better......

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Is Used Gear Always a Good Value?

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Steven Stone looks at whether used gear is the way to go......

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Noise Has Always Been The Enemy

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Steven Stone looks at the primary limiting factor in sonic fidelity…

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Master Tapes, Native Rates, and Fidelity

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How close can we get to the sound of the original musical event? Only the master knows......

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Part 4 of the mono series – How to totally blow your image!

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Here's the final installment of a four-part series by Roger Skoff - And now, the latest and greatest thing yet... Mono......

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Part 3 of the Mono Series – No half-dollar? Need to make change?

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Here’s the third of a four-part series by Roger Skoff – And now, the latest and greatest thing yet… Mono…

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Part 2 of A Four-Part Series on Mono – Got half-a-dollar? Want one?

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Here's the Second of a four-part series by Roger Skoff - And now, the latest and greatest thing yet... Mono......

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Part 1 of 4 – Mono? How to set it up

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Here's the first of a four-part series by Roger Skoff - And now, the latest and greatest thing yet... Mono......

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What really matters?

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Roger Skoff looks at audio past and present to see where we have come from and where we might be going…

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The Rise and Fall of the Printed Record

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Hey Kids! Want to make your own LP records? Here's a place to start......

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My favorite FM Tuners

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As FM radio tuners recede in prominence, replaced by Internet radio, Steven Stone lists some of his favorite FM tuners from days gone by....

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Bootleg Records and Purloined Tapes – A Recollection

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Before illegal downloads and file-sharing there were bootleg recordings for the RIAA to chase down. Back then they were almost as successful at bagging pirates as they are today…

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Do You Really Need an FM Tuner?

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Do you still listen to FM radio over the airwaves? Some people have abandoned it for the pleasures of listening via the Internet. Steven...

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Plangent – A Better Way to Transfer Analog Tape

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Tape-scrape induced wow and flutter are intrinsic to the tape recording process. But you don't have to listen to piano with vibrato on its...

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Generations

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Audiophiles, regardless of their positions on other issues, all agree that the best source is the original master recording. But we rarely, if ever, get to hear a master. So what’s the next best thing?

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Another One Bites the Dust?

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Atlanta's Criminal Records has announced that it will close on November 1st. Is this a harbinger of future woes for record stores or an...

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