There are guys who like music, and then there are guys who are music animals. The gung-ho audio fanatic is always looking for the crispest beat and clearest acoustic experience. He’s the dude that invites you over on Friday night and tweaks out his stereo+speakers and makes you listen to countless versions of the same song. And you…well, you can’t tell one version from another, but the dude is in the zone and he waxes on about how this piece of electronic gear does that, and that piece of gear does this. Maybe you’re this guy. Maybe not. Either way, these 3 gadgets will bring out the hardcore audiophile in you.
The vinyl revival is in full swing. There have always been audiophiles who believed LP’s grooves yielded warmth and depth that digital code simply couldn’t match, it just took a while for the rest of the world to catch up. Vinyl sales have increased six-fold from 2005 to 2013, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Who would have thought that in the age of streaming services, your Dad’s old record collection would be hip? As the adage goes… what’s old becomes new again. However, if you wanna’ put the needle on the record, you’re gonna’ need a turntable. So, go get one!
No audiophile worth his decibels would be caught dead without a pair of high-quality headphones. In this day and age, music is mobile, and the type of portable audio you have is as important as what you’re listening to. It’s not only about sound quality; it’s about sound quality and style. The best headphones have rich mid-tones and powerful, low distortion bass. Headphones with noise-canceling technology are all the rage, and while they cost a little extra, it’s worth it: it won't matter if you’re on a busy subway or at the gym, you’ll be floating in your own cartoon bubble of sound.
Back in the dinosaur days of technology, the rule of thumb was as follows: the bigger the speaker…the better the sound. The speakers were wired too, which meant your system was stuck in one place, and chances are your dog continually gnawed on the speaker cable. Wireless speakers changed that. They gave audiophiles freedom to move their gear around. More importantly, wireless speakers were (and are) compatible with new-age technology, since most systems can stream directly from iTunes, a networked MAC, and/or Internet radio.
Can you feel the difference? Yeah, you can.
Trivia: Where Did White Labels Get Their Name?
In the early 90s, techno and house DJ’s created guerilla tracks at home and at small studios. They’d press 500 or 1,000 singles on 12-inch white labels, which were easy to sell and promote at dance music record stores. White labels became synonymous with the dance scene and unknown talent looking to promote their music. It’s a trend that lives on today.
Put the needle on the record!