Audio Enthusiasts – cyberiankhatru – Student.

Cyberiankthatru was one of those tumblr users I had to interview because he is a vinyl lover that understands the the format beyond all the hype it has today. Read forward and you’ll probably want to visit his cool tumblr

1. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a nineteen year old male who currently studies at College of the Redwoods in California. I am trying to transfer to Rochester in New York (my home town) to attend RIT and eventually get a Master’s in electrical engineering that specifies in audio. My hobbies include boxing, jamming out, and driving along the countryside.

2. What music do you enjoy and why?
People are diverse, and I am no exception to the rule. My interests in music spans from 70’s psychedelic prog bands like Yes and King Crimson to folk bands like America and CSNY. I am also a huge fan of 90’s alternative rock. Finally, I really enjoy the music that has been coming out since 2011; With the Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Jack White, and even some softer stuff like Of Monsters and Men, there really is a lot for me to enjoy.

3. Why are you enthusiastic about audio?
My journey actually started with some old Yes cd’s and a cheap boombox. My parents had a cd collection and I would experiment as a child with funk, disco, prog, and pop. Music is a beautiful form of expression, and I’m very glad I have always found myself indulging in it. Nobody can take music away from you once you’ve listened to it- it’s always there.

4. What audio gear do you use?
Amps- Sansui ba 200 and a Face Audio F250TS
Preamp- Sansui CA-2000
Tuner- Sansui TU 717
Turntable- Technics SL-D2
Reel to reel player- Teac x10r
Cd player- Sony ES 209
Speakers- Wharfedale E90’s and Acoustic Research AR-3A

5. What would be your perfect audio gear setup? 
Amps- 2 bridged Sansui Ba 5000’s
Preamp- Sansui Ca- 3000 (I’m a big fan of Sansui)
Turntable- A Nakamichi Dragon Turntable.
Speakers- Vandersteen Model 7’s
Reel- Studer A77

6. What is your favorite format for audio and why?
Vinyl. Cd’s are easier, sonically superior, and never wear out. The reason I like vinyl so much is because I feel like it’s rewarding. I mean, vinyl is rubbing a glorified nail on a plastic surface and scratching out sound. However, you get to clean it, hold it, and watch it spin. You work to keep it clean and it rewards you with clear sound. Vinyl will never have sonic superiority, but it has some sort of magic behind it that people are still scrambling to describe. Music has taken care of me most of my life so I feel obligated to take care of it and keep a dying physical format alive.

7. Would you like to share some photos of your audio gear?
Yes! I would love to post some pictures. I will put them up and tag them for everyone to see! Thanks for the interview!

+ Photos on his tumblr.

Interview conducted 19/06/2014

The concept behind Audio Enthusiasts was inspired from the amazing My Linux Rig. If you want to get interviewed drop me a line on my Tumblr, or via Twitter.