Listening habits around the world

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is a non-profit that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. This year, they surveyed 34,000 internet users aged 16-64 across 21 countries that represent over 92% of global music revenues. I might be more Mexican than previously thought ….. I listen to lots of music!

Dodging the record washing aftermarket

I love my Spin Clean record washer. It’s very effective, easy to use, and quiet (no buzzing transducers or vacuum suction and motor!). It has sold steadily since the original version was launched on the market in 1974. It gets dirty records clean quickly, without much mess. But I also hate the consumer brand design […]

Walking in space

I picked this 1969 album from Quincy Jones for NZ$3 from among albums by Stanley Clarke, George Duke, etc. I figured it might be jazzy as it features Bob James, Ray Brown, Eric Gale, Fredfie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans, among others. Apart from the excellent condition of the record, and the music I’m struck by the […]

Diagonal speaker placement

I have never before seen the suggestion that placing speakers either side of a room corner creates tighter bass and a better sound stage image. There’s lots of discussion in various forums, with a general view that it’s worthwhile. Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Swisscables | RMAF 2019

Music minus one: Jim Chapin

This record caught my attention for the artwork, as well as the format. Music Minus One, founded in 1950, was a New York-based company that produced, for educational purposes, sheet music packaged with a recording without the soloist’s part, in this case a jazz band without drummer. You play the parts. Jim Chapin invented “independence”, […]