Angry the Clown Posted November 28, 2016 Report Share Posted November 28, 2016 I thought with the music thread, and notably the soundtracks thread, drifting heavily into vinyl discussion recently that it might be nice to have a dedicated topic to discuss new releases, as well as hardware (turntables, amps, speakers and so on). We've had the "is vinyl better?" discussion elsewhere, and I'm a believer in saying that it is merely different. It IS a pure indulgence for music nerds, and probably should not be seen as anything more this day in age. You're either attracted to the uniqueness of it all, or you're not. I'm still without a turntable, chiefly on account of having decided to save up more and invest in Rega's new Planar 3 over the Planar 2 I had initially been eyeing. I'm of two minds whether to save up even more and couple it with Rega's new brio amp which is due out in early 2017. I'm limited for space these days however, so since I don't have a home theatre set up I'll be listening via headphones for a good while, and the new brio amp finally adds a headphone jack. An expensive amp just for headphone use, but long term I'd be hooking speakers up to it (it's long term thinking that will likely see me go for a Planar 3 over a Planar 2, since I'm a chump and expect I'd be thinking about the 3 if I got its slightly cheaper brother). .... One day.... One day.... I've also looked at Onkyo's A-9010 amp which boasts a performance that far exceeds its price. It's especially impressive that it boasts so many great reviews from the press and users alike, AND has a dedicated internal headphone amp as well as built in phono stage. Gramaphone gave it a glowing review last year. My vinyl collecting is relatively conservative. I see it as my special collection of the essentials, albums with special and emotional relevance to me, and I'd like to have the catalogues of my favourite artists entirely on vinyl (Beatles, Bowie, Radiohead...etc). These are albums I want to sit and listen to, and not just throw on as background noise. Thus far I've primarily only been buying some limited edition Mondo soundtrack releases so as not to miss out on the ones I want in future when I finally have the means to enjoy them. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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