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  1. Hi all, it happened again: I bought a near mint record from a 2nd hand store (online), and one side has a clearly visible patch that equates into audible hiss. As I stil haven't purchased a proper RCM coutesy of the lockdown, I have to live with my frustration. It's the second time, with the same dealer, that the quality does not suit the description. I'll try to remember this time, and won't buy there again. It's probably not ok to ear-mark the black sheep in a public forum. Thus, let's turn it around, and elevate those stores, which do an excellent job, and can be trusted. Any suggestions?
  2. 'I've been listening to 300 vinyl records to get me through lockdown' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-56187737 What a way to go though lockdown!
  3. Interesting experience this weekend listening to some vinyl recordings. It was clear that some recent pressing sound very different from their CD / Digital counterparts and would be interested in some views as to why. One track really showed this up, so I did a couple more comparisons and found the same situation on some other recordings, but not all. The track that prompted me to do the comparisons was "A Certain Romance" the last track on the B side of the Arctic Monkeys debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not". I have listened to this album most often on my phone - a 320kbps MP3 rip of the CD, and less often a FLAC rip of the same CD played through my Squeezebox "Receiver". My daughter is a total Arctic Monkeys nut and has now bought all their studio albums on Vinyl. I decided to listen to the vinyl album and was struck by the fact that it sounded less 'expansive' than I was used to. Instruments seemed to come much more from the central space between the speakers and less from the sides - so much so I suspected that I had the amp switched to mono. A quick check made it clear that was not the case. The sound was similar using headphones, so I set up an A-B comparison using headphones and switching between the LP and Squeezebox. This took a lot of careful "level matching", but once this was done the differences were starkly obvious. The digital file sounded much more dynamic and '3D'. Instruments were spread much more widely across the soundstage and popped out of the mix much more obviously. On headphones the effect was of greater clarity, but also of more artificiality. The digital file sounded more realistic on speakers than it did on headphones with the opposite the case with the Vinyl, which sounded slightly flat, compressed and mono on speakers but more natural on headphones. I suspect that much of this was down to the "loudness wars" and clearly the digital file had been processed to make everything in the mix sound equally loud. However, it was also clear that the stereo effect and instrument separation was much more enhanced on the digital file making it much clearer and easier to listen to - particularly via speakers. A further check found similar effects on Bowie's Black Star album. However, I tried listening to some older recordings and the effect was much less pronounced. Genesis "Selling England by the Pound" was actually clearer, dynamic and more realistic sounding on the Vinyl than the FLAC ripped from the CD I also own. Another Genesis album, "And then there were three" actually sounded almost identical on LP and CD. This has been a real ear-opener for me. I had previously assumed that the main differences between LP and digital were down to the reproduction equipment. I now realise that the mixing of the recording for each medium can be dramatically different and makes a real difference to the listening experience. I have to say I generally did not like the way more recently cut vinyl sounded - I wonder if we have lost some of the expertise in mastering and cutting disks for vinyl? I have read articles in the past that talked about it being a real "black art" to cut a vinyl LP. Presumably in the 30 or so years between the decline of LP and rise of CD many of the most experienced vinyl engineers in the industry will have retired or found other work. Views and experiences? [Testing was with Linn Sondek - Ekos - ATOC9ML/II disk spinner, Naim NAC72 / HiCap / NAP140 / Headline amplification, B&W CM2 speakers and Sennheiser HD600 headphones. Digital source was Squeezebox Receiver playing FLACs ripped from CD through the same amp and speakers]
  4. Hi. I have these for sale. Roisin Murphy's latest albums. Both signed be Roisin. Take her up to Monto & Hairless Toys Both unplayed. Looking for £65 inc. postage (UK) - Please ask for prices for ROW. Paypal gifty please.
  5. Hi. I'm looking for a really nice copy of Seventh Tree. Does anyone have a copy they are looking to move on? If so, please PM me. Thanks Jo
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