I enjoy listening to a wide range of music from modern classical and opera through to progressive and alternative rock, with some cheese, electronic dance and old skool hip-hop beats thrown in.
Here the art of the performers, the writers and the lyricists, and the recordings by the sound engineers, are regularly found under scrutiny and enjoyment on this following collection of Hi-Fi components.
- Rega P3-24 turntable / Rega Bias 2 Cartridge.
- Mission Cyrus Straight Line Amplifier
- TDL Studio 1M Speakers
- Musical Fidelity X-LP Phono Preamp
- Slimdevices Squeezebox 3
- Rotel RCD-971 HDCD CD player
- Pioneer DT-530 Audio Digital Timer
- Technics ST-G70L LW/MW/FM Tuner
- Sony MDS-JB920 Minidisc Deck
- Yamaha KX-300 Cassette Deck
- Marantz SD-460 Cassette Deck
As with all things technical there is always temptation and opportunity to add and remove things to either improve the sound or bring new sources of audio like MP3. I’ve blogged posts here in the following categories as my trip to audio heaven (and eventual bankruptcy) continues.
A system can’t live without accessories; the extra niceties that don’t fall into the other categories listed here.
My current amplifier is a 50WPC Cyrus; a minimalist design – just 3 switches and a volume control!
Cassette Decks. The science of making decent low noise recordings before Digital made it all too easy.
Compact Disc is currently my primary preferred source for music, especially HDCD discs supported by my Rotel player.
I’ve lost count of how many Headphones I’ve previously owned! Gizmo here sports the Sennheiser HD 25-SP II.
Mini Systems, an alternative to this mad clutter. Portable Boomboxes are also included in this category.
Things to do with the Sony MiniDisc equipment that sadly outdated faster than the 70’s compact cassette did.
MP3. A collection of digitally compressed music and playback platforms, including Squeezebox and iPod.
Good speakers, heavy boxes and some missing roof tiles. Favourites are TDL Studio 1Ms for deep and controlled bass.
Music from the free waves of the FM band while it lasts. The loudness wars have sadly killed some of my interest 😦
Hey, I’m still spinning vinyl! Sourced from charity shops some better sounding than the CD re-release.
However I’ve got to say that it’s the performance that is the important thing, not the technology. If an event is heard on a 2-inch crappy speaker on a mis-tuned whistling AM transistor radio and enjoyed, I’m more than 90% there. 🙂