The so-called “vinyl revival,” naysayers might reason, is destined to fade just like other waves of nostalgia. However, there’s a major difference between the GTO’s reappearance and vinyl’s recent return to public consciousness. Vinyl records now boast nearly a decade of healthy sales with no slowdown in sight.
The vinyl revival isn’t just happening right now – it has happened. An audio format that seemed destined for obsolescence two decades ago is back. And it’s here to stay.
Ever tried to make it through an entire day with a single set of headphones? If you have, you probably experienced some inconveniences. The right headphones for your immediate context might not be the same ones that you were wearing a few hours ago. The good news is that there are only three types of headphones you really need. Let’s take a look at what each type has to offer and identify the features you should keep in mind when making a selection.
This holiday season, turntables were once again one of the years hottest gifts. With a whole new generation falling in love with vinyl, it’s likely that if you were one of the lucky ones, this may be your very first turntable. You asked for it, you put it on your list to Santa, and now here it is… but what do you do with it?
The boxes are all in the recycling bin and you are staring at that nice pair of wool socks. Yep, they will be warm by the fire, but did they satisfy that audio itch for some better sound this season? Well, it’s not too late! We asked our audio elves what they would all wish for after the busy holiday season. Unlike those socks, this gear will still be giving years and years from now.
If you are starting to enjoy music while working at a computer with headphones or speakers, the D1 offers a huge improvement for the modest price of $169. For the DAC alone, it’s a steal. As a stand-alone headphone amp it also holds its own against models costing twice as much.
The MDR-Z1R is a member of Sony’s exclusive Signature Series. When you consider how highly these headphones score in all of the key areas — comfort, build quality, design, features, and of performance — these MDR-Z1R headphones are among the best you will ever hear.
Finding that perfect gift can be tricky, especially for those friends and family members that seem to have everything. We’ve put together a gift guide full of our favorite products to give you some ideas for everyone on your list (or for making a list of your own).