December 20, 2007
December 8, 2007
Added to My Musings: Why I don't like MONO recordings, Part 2More
on Mono; The one Real Mono System I've heard; Could getting decent Mono
be equipment related and whither one has their speakers set up for
Stereo Wide or Stereo Narrow?; Mono in My Collection; Some Mono no
longer in My Collection.
December 7, 2007
Added to My Musings: Why I don't like MONO recordings, Part 1
November 25, 2007
Added to My Musings
1) New thoughts on plastic outer sleeves
2) The Tape Project and the real world
3) What if Elcaset was re-introduced with Dolby S, Metal tape and tons of software?
4) Keeping playback azimuth set
November 17, 2007
Lots of news to report today.
1) The tape project has shipped their first release today, see Home Page and Tape Project Page.
I am back on the Internet thanks to a wonderful early Christmas present
from my best friend Pamela. She gave me a MAC Mini and I have
signed up with Yahoo DSL.
3) Now that I am back I will try to update more frequently.
November 1, 2007
all, I am sorry that it has been so long since the last update. Many
things are happening now and Vinyl is making a strong comeback.
would like to share this letter I received today with all of you analog
lovers and let me know what you think. Are we ready for a print or web
magazine that is strictly analog?
am planning on ending my Internet service and maybe occasionally
updating my web site at the library please see my response to this
letter for the reasons why. I am also considering taking the best of my
web site and turning it into book form for analog lovers without
think it's about time now that there is a magazine/publication
dedicated for analog music lovers - and not a combination of 'mostly
digital plus some analog', like what we have now with Stereophile or
Absolute Sound. Hey, maybe you can start this project! I am sure there
are more and more people interested in the analog sound. The young
generation needs to know about this genre of music for they are brought
up into digital music/ipod generation.
I have an entry-level
Rega1 turntable in my office, and many of young people works here do
not know about this analog music! Never seen and never heard, though
they are mesmerized by the sound of my turntable and Bellari tube phono
amp. This system is all entry levels and does not have to be very
expensive. They are so surprised to see this big new album of Norah
Jones 12.5X12.5 inches with a clear picture! Wow!
publication magazine can also introduce many analog industries through
the advertisements and spread the curiosity, experience and knowledge
on how to enjoy rich analog sound.
What should we call the magazine?
Maybe something like: ANALOG MANIA, ANALOG FREAK or ANALOG LOVERS, ANALOG MUSIC
There are many topics to cover:
How to start enjoying vinyl sound for beginners
Articles about beginning turntables, tape reel/reel
How to buy vintage reel to reel?
The difference between digital vs analog sound
Vinyl reviews (forget about CD reviews!)
Reviews turntables, cartridges, phono amps
Analog and tube sound
What do you have to know about vacuum tube sound?
How to match tubes to your gear?
Where to buy vinyl LP?
What companies started producing vinyl sound again?
Entry level analog music
Advance level turntables and analog gears
Your experience with vinyl sound
What do you think?
all sounds great to me. This is by far the most enthusiastic letter on
the subject of analog I have ever gotten and have added it to my
letters page. Do you think it should be print or online? We would need
writers and a regular schedule.
another subject I am in the process of closing all my online accounts
and going off the Internet. This is because I do not want to spend the
money needed to upgrade my computer or the extra monthly fees for DSL
or cable, the $9.95 I pay for dial-up is more than I want to spend.
What has happened is one of my credit cards was compromised, my credit
card company reversed all the charges and recommended an Identify
Protection Plan. But its software extremely slows down my Internet
experience and I refuse to pay for faster Internet or for a faster
computer with more memory. No the computer I have now I plan to keep
until either it or I die.
I am planing on turning the best parts of my web site into a handbook for analog listening. What do you think?
I love all the article suggestions for the first issue of ANALOG LOVERS (?). I am gladdened that Analog is making a comeback.
August 19, 2007
The truth will set you free TOM PORT OUTED SPECIAL REPORT - August 19, 2007, read all about it following the article "The Truth about Tom Port and Better Records."
August 14, 2007
Added today The Truth about Tom Port and Better Records and Let's Fight High LP Prices. The two are related, it is important we fight to keep LPs affordable. Also added a folk music Index to the Discography Links. Please note the new eMail address: music@AnalogLovers.com
July 23, 2007
Added today to both the Discography (at the bottom) and Links pages: allrecordlabels.com
It is not a discography but a database of over 23,000 "active" record
label/netlabel web sites or Wikipedia links indexed by genre, format,
and location. Record companies no longer in business are not listed. If
you browse by "Vinyl" format you will only find maybe half of the
companies producing Vinyl. Much of the other half is listed under "CD"
And many labels are totally absent. But 23,000 active record labels are
totally unbelievable! You can also search by label name if you know it,
or browse by genre. A great resource once you learn how to use it!
July 22, 2007
This month we pay tribute to Analog tape and why we love it so much. First off are discoraphies of Aesthetic Audio and Sound Ideas of which NO information about either fine company is before now availble on the Internet as both companies pre-date it.
Added to My Musings: "More on my journey to multiple formats" and "Why I enjoy pre-recorded Cassettes so much and how to get the best sound."
added a link to the Jazz Discography Project. If anyone knows of other
excellent discographies, please send the link and I will add it. If
link is not available please send what you have in an email to: music@AnalogLovers.com an I will add it to AnalogLovers Discography page.
May 29, 2007
New pages added today: Multiple Formats which explains the joy and advantages of listening to music from multiple formats and Audio System. Plus a few new links and a few changes to the front page.
May 14, 2007
New page added today: Great LP Sonics about my quest for that elusive 1% of great sounding LPs.
Added to My Musings "Analog Cassette is my favorite format" and "Finally CD without pain and how it sounds compared to other formats."
Finally added to the LP page
10 Recommended Commercial LPs. I don’t like the frequency limited
sonics, constricted dynamics, smalller soundstage nor the high surface
noise of most commercial LPs. Most commercial LPs I have aquired have
been either sold or donated. I much prefer the more musical and
realistic audiophile LPs but I have had readers request a recommend
list of commercial LPs I am sorry this took so long.
May 3, 2007
Added a new article to the Guest Writers page A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO STICKY SHED SYNDROME by Jeff Koon
If this works this is indeed a miracle! I don't have any reels
with Sticky Shed Syndrome so I cannot test it myself however if any of
you have an effected reel you are about to toss in the trash you might
want to give this treatment a try.
April 24, 2007
big news today is over 100 newly remastered Warner / Reprise pure
analog 180 Gram LPs coming! Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffmann are the
remaster engineers. Story on Analog Lovers home page, Also added Discography Links for Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Album Half Speed Mastered LPs and High Fidelity Cassettes.and various other labels to the Discographies page. Plus more useful analog links to the Links page. As well as a new feature "Famous Analog Quotes" to the home page.
April 9, 2007
Today I added my review of "21st Century Vinyl" Michael Fremer’s Practical Guide to Turntable Set-Up on DVD.
March 11, 2007
Today I added a Format Comparions page, My Musings is back with some updates. And most of my Digital observations are under the new Digital
link. These are the only three pages in which Digital is
discussed, some of my writting and observations
were just too important to overlook.
February 21, 2007
I removed most of the Digital content from AnalogLovers.com.
The superiority of Analog is still secure however Digital is improving,
especially low resolution CD making much of my writing obsolete.
recordings are so realistic and beautiful on their own that they do not
need to be compared to Digital but enjoyed as the miracles they are,
while acknowledging the problems with noise, distortion and wear.
months ago I upgraded my DVD-Audio player to a Yamaha DVD-S1700
universal DVD-Audio / SACD Player which is not only offers very
realistic sound playing the best SACDs but even many regular CDs
especially Telarc’s have a realism, ease and beauty of sound I would
never have believed possible. And this is a mid-fi player! Better CDs
on this player are completely painless.
recently got several magnificent pre-recorded Reel to Reel tapes which
I plan to review soon. In the future you will see LP, Reel to Reel and
Cassette reviews from me as I have gotten so few submitted from
readers. It looks like I will have to get the ball rolling. Also I have
acquired some Reel to Reel and cassette discography’s that I will be
adding, and also links to other discography’s.
January 12, 2007
Added today: On the Guest Writers page: STYLUS CLEANING – LIKE MAGIC! The tale of Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser and The 2 Track Reel to Reel Tape Project Demos at CES. Links added to the Tape Project's new website and The Tape Place.
December 31, 2006
Today I redesigned the AnalogLovers web site with a fresh new look for the new year. I also added 10 Recommended Mass Market Cassettes to the Cassette Page. Why am I so passionate about Analog music? to the Home Page, and minor updates and corrections to many of the other pages.
December 25, 2006
Major update to the Cassette Page.
Now included are important settings and alignment for the correct
playback of pre-recorded cassettes. The evolution of improved sound
quality of commercial cassettes and well as used cassette buying tips.
December 14, 2006
B. and Paul Stubblebine have started a new company that will release
pre-recorded 2 Track 15-IPS Reel to Reels. Their first four 2 Track 15
IPS RTRs should be available by the beginning of 2007. Progress and
releases will be announced on our new 2 Track Tape Project update page.
December 7, 2006
Added today: The George Mann Interview Inventor of the Full-Spectrum, Frequency Modulated Optical Analog Laserdisc Format.
December 3, 2006
Added Analog Mono, Stereo, Quad and Video pages.
November 19, 2006
Logo slogan change to "AnalogLovers.com for Lovers of musically superior Analog recordings"
Added today to Home Page: Historical Timeline of Analog audio format developments, also three new links to the Links page.
November 10, 2006
Added to the Reel Reviews page more 2 Track reviews on Cook and RCA Living Stereo by Jerry Sodomka.
November 1, 2006
Added to the Links page today:
Ortofon FAQs - Cartridge maintenance MC - MM
What's Going On Up There? "...
Finally, it gives me a new respect for the venerable analog medium:
Many of the recordings I looked at that turned out to have significant
ultrasonic content were originally recorded on analog tape."—John
October 27, 2006
Added today My nominations for the most under-appreciated albums:
October 18, 2006
Added today my interview with the one and only Harry Pearson (HP) founder of "the absolute sound" print magazine.
October 10, 2006
Added to the LP Review page my review of the Classic Records 200 Gram pressing of David Crosby’s "If I Could Only Remember My Name".
October 8, 2006
Updated the Reel to Reel page with "Tape Storage Tips".
October 6, 2006
Preview of my upcoming interview with the one and only HP founder of "the absolute sound" print magazine.
"Speaking of LPs have you managed to buy replacement copies of most of
the LPs on your Super Disc LP List lost in the fire? Some of your
favorite LPs such as Malcolm Arnold’s Dances on Lyrita are going for
ridiculous prices. Basically the better you like an LP the higher price
it goes for in auctions and set sales."
HP: "This has been a particularly sad irony for
me. The discs I have recommended I cannot afford to replace, unless I
get very lucky (and that includes many from the fire, where my
Mercury’s took a hard hit, along with the basic RCA’s), and what is the
committed reader to do. I feel as if we are all like kids with our
noses pressed against the glass window of the outrageously expensive
ice cream store."
September 28, 2006
Added today Guest Writers
This is the page for Analog Lovers to wax about their Analog adventures
and why they love it so much. Elmo is my first guest writer.
September 24, 2006
Added today Free Analog Classified Ads!
Three sections: Software for Trade or Sale, Hardware for Trade or Sale & Wanted to Buy. Click above link for full details.
Also added more Links and a new look for the website.
I will be adding recommended commercial (non-audiophile) recordings in each format on the next update.
Please, please send in your reviews to: music@AnalogLovers.com
September 9, 2006
More letters from readers and an expanded review of "The Woods" LP