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Hi-Fi: Why Do Records Sound Better? | The Ivory Tower

Into The Groove Why do a lot of us audiophiles (and casual listener types) prefer the sound of records over the same music released digitally? Is it something about the inferiority of digital? Are vinyl records, without those sacrilegious anti-aliasing filters and stair-step samples, somehow higher in resolution? Or is it simply the much-heralded warmth of vinyl? Some would say digital is superior without the surface noise, side length limitations, and inner groove distortion. So what’s the point of putting digital mixes on an analog record? Records should be cut from an analog master, right? I’m not talking about the ritual of owning and playing records. Putting aside the factors of having a tangible object that requires more care and intention, along with the fun of combing bins for used treasures and everything else that goes with being a record collector, let’s explore the sonics and what’s responsible for that warm and fuzzy feeling we often get when having a platter party. Words and Photos by Dave McNair Everyone hears things differently. Folks have different tastes for what lights up that pleasure center in our brains. It’s a subject I talk about a lot with my audiophile friends, especially the [...]

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Audio by Van Alstine SET 120 Control Amplifier | REVIEW

This is a story about that time I joined a cult (or two). In this review I stand to gain nothing and lose everything by telling you how staggeringly capable the Audio by Van Alstine SET 120 Control Amplifier is at delivering all of the musical goods. I am here to confess a rare and simple truth—that true high-end sound does not have to be a luxury. The mere utterance of this truth could shatter the system and render all of our phony-baloney writing jobs into the bin of oblivion. Words and Photos by Eric Franklin Shook I have read the forums aplenty as to the happenings at Audio by Van Alstine (avahifi.com) for at least a few decades. I have seen Audio by Van Alstine circuit designs come and go. With each new product the members of the AVA brand forum jumping for joy at the design implementations. I have seen the Audio by Van Alstine preference for the steel black box chassis become a mainstay characteristic of the iconic brand. Even as every other manufacturer clamors to stay ahead of the trending enclosure of the day. I have seen the fandom surrounding the AVA brand come with some [...]

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Sony A7C Compact Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

SAN DIEGO, CA — You’re probably asking why we—a hi-fi mag—are reporting on a Sony A7C camera. The truth is we’re only Part-Time Audiophiles. After hours we each have family life, social functions, and several hobbies that extend beyond our usual hi-fi desires—photography just being one. The more I delve into the world of high-fidelity imagery, I often find just as many correlations between audiophiles as I do photophiles. It’s true, we at Part-Time Audiophile pride ourselves on sometimes having the best in-house photography in the American hi-fi press (as evidenced by our show reports). Even our publisher Scot Hull uses a high-end Sony RX1 as his daily shooter. Just as we audiophiles seek attributes like resolution, detail, dynamic range, focus, and color; it’s these same attributes found in the Sony A7C that make photography and camera hunting all equally enjoyable as an auxiliary hobby. Enter the Sony A7C So, when Sony—a company also deeply into high-end audio—announced the Sony A7C and two new lightweight companion products it really peaked our interest. The Sony Alpha 7C is a compact full-frame mirrorless camera body, the FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 is a compact full-frame zoom lens, and the HVL-F28RM is a compact hot-shoe [...]

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HiFi: How Do We Listen?

Recently a happy convergence in my schedule allowed me to spend several days doing lots of listening to my home stereo. Like 6-to-8 hour stretches. Vinyl only. Undisturbed for the most part except by Speedy, our cat. This is rare for me. And incredibly enjoyable. Deep Thoughts by Dave McNair Photos by Eric Franklin Shook During all that listening I also thought about stuff. I’ve found it’s damn near impossible for me to stop thinking even if I’m engrossed in the music. No real surprise there if your mind is like mine—a dash of OCD and a big dollop of ADHD (everything has to be perfect, but not for very long…) One of the things that popped into my head was some notions about how audiophiles and non-audiophiles (also known as The Sane People) listen to music. I’ll ask the reader a few questions to get the party started. During an active listening session: Are you listening primarily to the music Are you listening to your system (or a particular component)? Are you listening to some mix of both? If you move between states, what triggers this? We’ve all heard the time-honored audiophile saying, “A better sounding system really enables [...]

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