If you are a stressed commuter, the tree in the photo will make you curse specially in rainy days. Not only it hides the time of arrival panel but also the incoming bus.
Now let’s say there’s an car accident and the same tree saves the lives of the commuters, will they still hate the placement of the tree after such event? Perspective is a curious thing and it can be applied to everything.
The audiophile hobby these days is flooded by hype products but some of them can actually bring more music enthusiasts to the hobby, and that is a great thing at least for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate hype specially when it brings bullshit to the table (Yes, Sony! I’m looking at your SD audiophile cards), but hype also makes big players in the Hi-Fi industry move their asses and actually make good use of their engineering teams. Sadly it also makes some products more expensive, for instance you now pay more for entry price turntables because of the vinyl hype.
I wrote about hype before the Pono player was released. Pono the High-Resolution player gain massive traction from artists that really noticed the difference of High-Rez audio inside a car. On the good side because of it, companies from all around the world jumped on the bandwagon and now everybody can purchase better audio players.
The Beats headphone hype also gave a breath of fresh air to the on-the-go music market, companies like Sony, Sennheiser, AKG and other big players had to up their design, quality and advertising to face the competition of star athletes turned audiophiles. Yes, because everyone knows soccer players know how good headphones should sound.
Hype, gonna love it! Jokes aside, finally headphones started to be viewed as an amazing way to hear music even by high-end magazines.
The hype behind the portable digital to analogue converters (DACs) and headphone amplifiers also made companies like Creative Labs release solid gear for a decent price.
As the owner of the Creative Labs Sound blaster E1 and soon the E5 I can only be grateful of the hype behind this kind of gear. When the big players come to the market everyone wins! Niche audiophile companies might suffer but the consumer wins.
Hype for all that matters is a necessary evil if the hobby wants new blood in the ranks.
Last week I was on my way home and there was a book fair on the subway, I usually don’t have the time to visit discount fairs but that afternoon I was in a good mood, I asked the store clerk if they had books about music, she presented me with this lovely almost 4cm high book about records.
Priced at 20€ I didn’t think twice and it came home with me, the photos don’t show the quality of the print or the quality of the paper, plus it comes in 4 languages (Got love Taschen for that one).
Most of you know I don’t own vinyl records but this book is amazing, even if you don’t have vinyl at home. If you enjoy vinyl try to find a copy and at least give it a look.
I’m not affiliated with Taschen or any book store, I paid this book with my money and if Taschen asks I’ll remove the photos.
Hi there! Thanks, its always nice to have some feedback! 🙂
About my stance on the neverending digital vs analog sound wars, I enjoy digital sound….I shall now put my shootgun over the shoulder and wait for the analog lovers! XD Let them come!
In a more serious way I think (and I said this in the past) all digital studio gear is light years ahead of the harsh bad recordings of the first years of the audio compact disc, the same goes for digital players.
I like my experience with music to be a constant one, tapes and Vinyl degrade over time and I don’t enjoy the problems related with that.
Now I do enjoy the analog feel some digital recordings have, its fun to have hiss on a digital recording when you need a nostalgic feel on the recording.
That being said, I believe the format should be as faithful and constant as the day it was first played.
I also think one should have the best digital quality possible, but anything above 24bits, 96khz wont bring anything new to the music unless you have a really good system and bat ears…
So yea I’m not an analog guy but I can hear digital recordings of vinyl just fine! 😉
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 first reaction was hype, young people are like pigeons they follow each other threads but it must have something behind it to appeal to such a large crowd.
In my modest opinion people enjoy the massive artwork and the little cult you have before playing a record, lets face it tumblr is full of photos of records and people enjoy sharing their record stores and market finds.
I think this is a lesson for music editors all around the world, people buy stuff to collect and if you make it they will come.
I respect people who enjoy vinyl and have fun hearing music from it! (Just don’t tell me its better in sound quality or I’ll bite like a hellhound )
From a record shop commercial point of view if people buy lots of records the prices will rise again, so beware of high prices in a not so far future.
As for me I’ll keep my lossless collection and compact disc one also.