USB Digital Microscope: How to use it to set 92 Degree Stylus Rake Angle (SRA)

Analogue Planet write …. The stylus rake angle is the angle the stylus’s “contact patch” makes to the record surface. If you have a relatively inexpensive cartridge with a spherical stylus you don’t have to worry about SRA because the contact area remains the same regardless of arm height. On the other hand, elliptical styli […]

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Listening Spaces: Audiophiles, Technology and Domestic Music Listening. Brian O’Neill / Dublin Institute of Technology

This paper examines the interrelationship of technology, space and identity as exhibited in the domestic music listening practices of the audiophile. Music listening in domestic contexts provides both a physical and imaginary space of cultural consumption. The paper describes work in progress into phenomenological aspects of listening, practices of audio technology use in domestic contexts, […]

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Tour the Tesla Tube Factory

Michael Fremmer writes: Back in 1999 I reviewed in Stereophile the KR Audio VT 8000 monoblock vacuum tube amplifier. I wrote in the review: “Virtually every part in the amplifier is custom-made in-house or sourced from associated facilities, including the metal fabrication, the transformers, and the circuit boards. The internal wiring is Swiss in origin. […]

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Ripped

Here’s something to contemplate. If ripping a CD results in identical bit-perfect data to the original and, if you store that ripped data on a hards drive, how could one ripping process sound different than another? The answer is simple. It cannot. Yet, few among us would suggest one ripping process sounds the same as another. […]

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From the archives: R.I.P. iPod: Sony unveils cassette tape that can hold 64,750,000 songs

Consequence of Sound write: For a time, the cassette tape absolutely dominated the sales market. In 1990 alone, a staggering 442 million tapes were sold. However, with the rise of the CD, the birth of the mp3, and the eventual resurrection of vinyl, sales dwindled, and by 2007 only a mere 274,000 individual cassettes were sold. […]

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