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  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 13:57:14 22,783 posts
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    Question for the vinyl heads.

    If an album is available as a single or double LP, which do you choose, and why?
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 14:06:14 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Question for the vinyl heads.

    If an album is available as a single or double LP, which do you choose, and why?
    Double, every time as theoretically if there is more space between the grooves it can be mastered to have better dynamics, bass etc.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 14:13:19 22,783 posts
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    And less inner groove distortion.

    Do you align your cartridge accordingly?
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 14:16:54 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    And less inner groove distortion.

    Do you align your cartridge accordingly?
    What do you mean?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 14:20:25 22,783 posts
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    Bearwald, Loefgren, Stevenson etc.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 14:33:52 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Bearwald, Loefgren, Stevenson etc.
    Aha, I used the mint protractor and checked using the hi-fi news test record plus well loved LPs to test.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 14:34:30 22,783 posts
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    I was mainly asking as I prefer single LPs because I just canít be arsed with the ballache, but Iím aware itís not a very audiophile attitude to have.

    And then when you said you prefer double I wondered how far you take it.
  • Fake_Blood 23 Feb 2021 14:40:48 10,812 posts
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    I only buy singles if the master was cut in the Southern Hemisphere because it cancels the distortion due to the Coriolis force.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 14:45:59 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    I was mainly asking as I prefer single LPs because I just canít be arsed with the ballache, but Iím aware itís not a very audiophile attitude to have.

    And then when you said you prefer double I wondered how far you take it.
    Aha, not that far tbh, I didn't align specifically as I'll always have a mix.
  • fontgeeksogood 23 Feb 2021 15:01:25 12,442 posts
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    Does Katie Melua release her albums on vinyl
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 15:07:22 22,783 posts
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    I have a couple of old LPs designed for stacking systems, which are A/C on the first record, and B/D on the second. They are the fucking balls achiest of ball aches and I rarely listen to them, despite them being two of my favourite albums.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 15:26:29 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    I have a couple of old LPs designed for stacking systems, which are A/C on the first record, and B/D on the second. They are the fucking balls achiest of ball aches and I rarely listen to them, despite them being two of my favourite albums.
    Didn't know that was a thing tbh.
    Out of curiosity, what are they?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 15:37:25 22,783 posts
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    Youíve probably seen them and not realised what they are. They were really popular in the 70s (to the extent that records like the ones Iíve got were designed to work with them).

    Basically you stacked up a bunch of records and the player would play the top one, then automatically suspend it in the air before moving onto the record underneath. I think you could stack like 10 records or more on them.

    Iíve seen them at AudioGold. I bet theyíre a fucker to own but theyíre very cool.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 15:40:05 22,783 posts
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    https://youtu.be/GuoFW2yAD7g
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 15:45:46 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    https://youtu.be/GuoFW2yAD7g
    My Uncle's hi-fi had the long spindle and arm, I used to stack singles as a kid, I never realised about the whole LP side aspect of it though :)
  • nickthegun 23 Feb 2021 15:48:07 85,078 posts
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    My gran had a set like that. Used it to blast out her Harry Secombe records. I dunno if the records themselves were made of different material, but I can still remember the smell of them like they are in the room.

    I used to collect a lot of vinyl (part of it it still in the garage, part of it got robbed by my brother and taken half way around the world) and its like weed to skunk.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 15:57:10 22,783 posts
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    @nickthegun

    Shellac 78s. Mmmmmmm...
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 16:04:35 29,798 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    https://youtu.be/GuoFW2yAD7g
    I quite like that guy, "chastise audiophiles" - tick!
  • nickthegun 23 Feb 2021 16:06:55 85,078 posts
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    One of my boi's is a bedroom producer and occasionally puts things out through a label who just do bandcamp and whatnot, so whenever he has a tune released, he gets Vinyl Carvers to do him a one off 12" of it. £40 quid a shot for a one off, mail order dubplate is a 90s junglists dreamland.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Feb 2021 17:57:01 29,798 posts
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    Any stupidly priced records you're lusting after?
    I'd love a nice copy of Animals (PF), either UK or Japan, a met copy starts at 100 quid but can easily be 1000. A weird number of the copies on Discogs are in Russia, no idea if I should be suspicious or not.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 23 Feb 2021 18:16:41 22,783 posts
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    Iím not really a vinyl chaser, Iím generally happy with represses, even remasters. The things I tend to lust after are the old indie hip hop and electronic records that will never be repressed, that I easily could have got at the time but just didnít. Some of those really haunt me.

    Also not having things like the DOOM or Daft Punk back cat, then something happening which immediately makes them impossible to get, is very annoying.
  • andytheadequate 25 Feb 2021 16:07:32 9,524 posts
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    Why do some audiophiles seem to insist that an amp makes no difference to the sound? I understand that other things make a bigger difference, but it can be disproved within a few minutes by swapping out an amp. I switched from a Denon AVR3600 AV Receiver to a Cyrus One stereo amp (both a similar price) and the difference was huge.

    I'm sure the difference between 2 similarly priced and style of amps is probably pretty small, but I saw people on Reddit claiming a cheap old amp would sound the same as a modern, high end one, and using Science to back themselves up.
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