Buying a turntable isn’t like purchasing any other audio product. The mechanical nature of the analog playback device brings along with it another layer of setup and fine tuning options. While it is true that there are many one-stop-shop products available for purchase from your local Urban Outfitters, buying a record player can be a bit daunting for beginners and even more seasoned audiophiles.
In this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast Brian is joined by analog expert Jonathan Derda from Mobile Fidelity. Jon brings along with him a whole host of tips, tricks, advice for getting started with vinyl playback, including both buying a turntable and also where to purchase records. It’s more information packed into 49 minutes than day long seminar in speed reading.
Whether you are looking to buy a record player for the first time or thinking about upgrading your current rig to the next level, this week’s show has something for everyone in the arena of analog playback. The task isn’t for everyone, but most enthusiasts would agree that the sound, along with the tactile feel and engaging artwork are worth the labor of love associated with the spinning black disc. Buying a record player also a great way to start a collection, in world that is quickly moving towards the virtual and intangible at a great speed.
The Occasional Podcast is now working its way though season 4, with interviews from Nelson Pass, Joseph Audio, MBL, and Rob Watts providing interesting highlights from Season 3 and a peek behind the backdrop of high end audio and audio playback in general. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside our latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available for download from this season.