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Awareness Geek

How to calibrate a record player

Gizmodo, the venerable tech blog, ran its “Listening Test” series last week.  This was a series of posts designed to focus on everything audio, from tech stuff, to nerdy posts on the first records they ever bought.

This piece, however, may be of some use to the semi-audiophiles among you.

Basically, they gave you step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate your turntable with only a few simple tools:

  • A 2mm Allen/Hex wrench for the cartridge screws
  • A ruler
  • Magnifying glass and flashlight
  • Needle-nose pliers or tweezers
  • A printout of a standard cartridge alignment ruler (available at vinylengine.com for free)

It’s detailed and focused, and really appeals to the OCD in me.  Go check it out if you feel like you’re not quite getting the most of your system.

Music

LP sales surpass CDs! | The Audiophiliac

LP sales surpass CDs! | The Audiophiliac

In what has to be one of those April Fool’s Day pranks that I wish was true, The Audiophiliac blog ran an article that stated LP sales had finally beaten CD sales.

Today’s vinyl surge is fueled by a greater awareness of sound quality by music fans and artists, who have grown tired of hearing the power of their music thwarted by low-bit digital. After all, the iTunes version isn’t actually cheaper to buy than vinyl, and the fans are aware of the new reality: if it costs the same, why not buy the best sounding version? Some vinyl fans get the best of both formats and transfer the vinyl’s music to digital for their iPods.

The six decade old LP format has finally regained its position as the music format of choice.

Check out the article. And keep hoping. With the decline in CD sales, this may actually be true one day.