One of these days I was visiting a Brazilian headphone community at Facebook when someone asked if his motherboard was compatible with a pair of headphones and if he needed a external DAC. Now, this is normal on that community thus I went and read some of the replies until my eyes gazed at so … Continue reading Communities and sellers.
I could write a full article about the massive Chinese audiophile community, but I won't go there for the sake of my sanity. Let's just say they are very enthusiastic about Hi-Fi. In one point I think most occidental audiophiles agree, the Chinese are very serious about their Hi-Fi and they have the power of … Continue reading China, the new audiophile superpower.
This is my way of buying stuff on ebay. It works for me, so maybe it works for others. I don't sell stuff so I'll not touch that topic. Before buying stuff check the import rules of your country. When buying from outside Europe I never ever go above 22€, mostly because above that I'll have to … Continue reading My rules for ebay.
In 2012 Charles Duhigg wrote an amazing article in the NYT called "How Companies Learn Your Secrets". The article is still fresh after all these years and depicts a consumer society gone bad. Sadly these days consumer data is the new gold for corporations, social networks, search engines, online markets and other corporations will go to … Continue reading Consumerism gone bad.
Don't get me wrong from the title because I love China, it has a beautiful culture, amazing views outside the urban areas, and pretty badass Ebay shops. The Chinese I know are very hard workers, they take their work and income very seriously and thus Ebay is the perfect window to sell stuff to a … Continue reading Ebay the Chinatown of the world.
First of all I should say I have a old Intel Core2 Duo 2Ghz laptop and a newer Intel Celeron 1037U Dual Core ultrabook. The laptop now running Microsoft Windows XP is a decent workstation for writing and editing my site when I have a electric outlet near. One hour of batery power is not … Continue reading Buying a laptop, need or desire?
The love for better audio reproduction reaches all types of audiophiles, we all strive to achieve the same goals or at least similar ones. That’s why a tube fan understands a headphone enthusiast and also the reason we as a community usually visit the same discussion groups and comment in the same sites. Objective, subjective, … Continue reading Audiophiles and status.
The following text was inspired by a conversation between me and a pal on Facebook about materials for DIY electronics. Imagine a world where you couldn’t buy new disposable tech, or find a pair of handcrafted shoes. I’m sure you are laughing at me, but what if I tell you it might happen? What if … Continue reading Made in China.
First of all what is high-end audio? Wikipedia that evil encyclopedia made by crowd sourcing has this on the subject: High-end audio is a class of consumer home audio equipment marketed to audiophiles on the basis of high price or quality, and esoteric or novel sound reproduction technologies. The term can refer simply to the … Continue reading Are High-End audio buyers silly?
Reading an article by Art Dudley on Stereophile made me think again about audio quality and affordability, plus he does enjoy writing the word “bullshit” as much as I do! 🙂 Affordability is a funny thing, what I is affordable to me might not be to you. Its as simple as that. I often see audiophile reviewers on … Continue reading Affordability and reviewers.
There was a time when I was a bit of a snob about second-hand tech items, the idea of having something already used by other people was not a nice one, but I must admit at the time I had more money that I have now so having new stuff was easy. Having a family … Continue reading Why I love second-hand tech stores.
Cleaning the stereo, don’t worry about the magazines above the receiver, the power sector was disconnected because one channel is dead, so I only use it for FM. Yep the Kef are decoupled with foam…those glass doors are evil I know but I must live with them. For critical audiophile BS I have headphones, in … Continue reading My Hi-Fi gear.
When a designer makes portable gear he/she thinks about every little detail possible, the final piece is usually nice to the eye, easy to use and easy to get damaged. Enter the plastic (silicon) cover to the rescue. You got a amazing top of the line cellphone? Want it to last more? The cheap condom … Continue reading On plastic covers for portable gear.
The other day I read somewhere that vinyl sales are on the rise again, people are buying more and more records and the amazing fact is that the buyers all mostly young people. In a Mp3 and file sharing world young people are actually buying big, not practical records of old days, but why? My … Continue reading Vinyl resurgence, because people want beautiful stuff.
Like all people I fall victim of my own consumer desires, the “I want" becomes the "I need”, but do I really need new stuff to enjoy my music, it’s a personal question that touches the core of the consumer society we live on. If my desires had their way I would have some top of the line … Continue reading Consumerism and desire.