Kia Ora from New Zealand. I am a self-confessed hi-fi ‘nut’ and have been since I earned my first wage in 1972, spending much time and money on many iterations of equipment refinement and on music recordings.
I am an avid music collector and presently have about 3,750 vinyl LPs and about 6,500 CDs, as well as a few music DVDs. I also have a growing collection of lossless/high definition digital files. This collection of recordings is at the heart of my music experience, of course. My musical taste is eclectic, and I enjoy discovering artists who are talented but not famous or popular, especially blues, jazz-rock, neo-prog, folk, Celtic, and instrumental guitar. I especially love rooting out abandoned vinyl albums in great condition. Some call this behaviour crate digging, others call it obsession. I call it music rescue.
I have been an active enthusiast of great value high fidelity music reproduction for 45+ years, have used a wide range of home audio equipment in most formats. Professionally, I have 30 years experience in marketing consulting, tertiary education, and research. I am an award-winning widely-published and highly-cited former marketing scholar.
My audiophile interest is in innovative and unusual design and engineering approaches where performance and value-for-money matter more than price and brand. My role is independent listener-thinker-writer, to provide readers with practical insights on interesting product propositions from independent artisan audiophile innovators. I am also exploring DIY and frugal ways to experience the emotion intended by musicians.
I think of myself as an investigative reviewer, and I try to answer the questions that hi-Fi enthusiasts are asking, to provide insights from a user perspective. Primarily, I’m a music fan looking for clever ways to get great performance from equipment at value-for-money prices.
I investigate claims – I ask questions, and apply my experience as a trained scientist, former marketing professor, and long-time enthusiast, with a bit of electronics training. I listen carefully and write about what I notice, like, and otherwise, in my listening experiences. First and foremost, I love music.
I do not get paid to write about hi-fi. It is a hobby that follows from and supports my passion for music.
For now, you can find my past reviews at http://www.tnt-audio.com and http://www.witchdoctor.com by searching in each using my name “Varey”. Links to most of them are here in my posts – search for “review”.
Future ‘user report’ appreciations of audio equipment will be posted here on my blog.