After Melissa and I were married last May, we took a brief trip to Montreal as part of our honeymoon. It was her visit to this city I once called home. As for myself, I always enjoy returning to my old stomping grounds, whether on business or pleasure. It has an old world […]
This sort of odd pairing could only happen in a post cold war world. I am talking about replacing tubes in a British made headphone amplifier with vacuum tubes originally designed for the former Soviet military and space programme.
Resurrecting an Old X-Cans Headphone Amplifier
I was curious to see if these Soviet-era tubes would tame some of the brightness and […]
Excellent Analog Sound Has Set the Bar High
Thanks to a rediscovery of vinyl records, I have been listening to a lot more music. Consequently, I upgraded my phono pre-amp to a Pro-Ject Tube Box S and purchased an audiophile quality phono cartridge, a Grado Statement Sonata 1. Normally I would not consider such an expensive cartridge, but I […]
Vinyl records are experiencing 40% or so annual growth in sales, yet true record stores are still few and far between. Only two such stores are within a reasonable driving distance from my home: Star Records in Oshawa and Zap Records in Cobourg. Recently I published a post about my experience at Star Records who […]
One of the perks of listening to vinyl records is analog audio equipment. Unlike digital sources and integrated circuit amplifiers, analog gear allows a certain degree of tinkering and easy improvements for anyone adept with a soldering iron or the ability to replace op-amps or tubes in their sockets.
The Search for a Vacuum Tube Phono […]
Last Saturday marked the first time I purchased vinyl records in over 15 years. As per my previous post, I visited Star Records in Oshawa, one of the last true record stores still standing in Southern Ontario. I had a good haul consisting of new and old albums. Yes, vinyl records are still being issued […]
Every now and then one can find a true Luddite.
Yesterday was the first time I have been to a record store in over 15 years, namely Star Records in Oshawa. I was itching to rediscover the essence of shopping for music in an old school way. Little did I know that being old school was […]
Last week I posted on Facebook, that I am trying to find a balancing act somewhere between Frank Zappa’s dictum that “a mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open” and the notion that a new and radical idea, however exciting, may prove to be complete bullshit.
So how does this work in […]