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Why Are Turntables and Vinyl So Popular?

It’s quite the trend these days to pay for intangible digital audio “files” that are compressed and stored on an all-purpose entertainment device.  Convenience is an ever increasing fixation, and has come a long way since the dawn of the first stereo system. Convenience, however, should never be prioritized so as to completely trump the quality and substance of the music being played. Vinyl records are experiencing a global resurgence. Sales of vinyl records are the highest they have been in 15 years and turntable production has seen a huge increase over the past 5 years which begs the question…. WHY? 1. It’s Really Fun. First there is the novelty of it, especially for the younger music lovers that grew up “digital”. Discovering new music and playing it back on a magic spinning vinyl record is loads of fun. 2. Better Quality Sound. Second is the higher quality sound that you get from vinyl when playing it back on a well set up turntable. The only reason that the CD and then digital music became so popular was not for its superior sound quality, it was for the convenience. 3. It forces us to slow down. We lead a busy .. read more

On April 6th, 2015, posted in: Soundings Blog by

Vinyl Has Never Looked (or Sounded) This Good

Vinyl records are experiencing a global resurgence. Sales are the highest they have been in 15 years. This is pushing the market for new and better turntables. Soundings has partnered with 3 leading turntable manufacturers for the most complete line up of record players and the best turntables in Denver. Rega Rega’s Roy Gandy is a pioneer of the modern British hi-fi scene. An engineering company that adheres to the adage, “form follows function,” and one that strives to make its turntables as affordable as possible, Rega operates from a state-of-the-art facility with 55 employees — but has no marketing department. Rega RP1 TurntableRega RP8 Turntable Pro-Ject Audio Heinz Lichtenegger, one of Austria’s leading distributors of high-end audio equipment, founded Pro-Ject Audio Systems in early 1990. As an audiophile and music lover, Heinz ‘s interest in turntables and analog playback turned into a passion to create turntables, tonearms and analog accessories that were reasonably priced yet that were uncompromised both mechanically and sonically. Pro-Ject 1Xperience Classic Turntable in Olive WoodPro-Ject RPM9.1 Turntable European Audio Team (EAT) Beginning in the late 1990s, European Audio Team (EAT) began building what are regarded as some of the highest quality and best sounding vacuum .. read more

On April 3rd, 2015, posted in: Soundings Blog by

Vienna Acoustics introduces new Liszt Loudspeaker

The new Liszt represents the latest Vienna Acoustics creation.Vienna Acoustics has been producing some of the most beautiful and emotional home theater and home audio speakers since they began in 1991. At Soundings it has been our absolute pleasure to be involved in handling such great home audio speakers, so naturally, we’re excited for this latest home audio product. Due mid 2nd quarter 2014, the Liszt is the first model in what will be a series of loudspeakers featuring a new 15cm Flat-Spider-Cone™ Coincident driver system derived from the famed Klimt Series. Pictures don’t really do it justice, this medium sized floorstanding home audio speaker is a real beauty in person. Recently reviewed, this is what Jacob Heilbrunn The Absolute Sound had to say about them: “It was quite an absorbing experience to listen to the Liszt capture the nuances of his playing. The sense of black space and decay endowed the music with a great sense of realism. It almost seemed as though you could see the fortepiano’s hammer striking the string and the felt damper stopping the string from vibrating. When a loudspeaker reaches this level of fidelity it feels as though you can sense the movements of .. read more

On October 20th, 2014, posted in: Soundings Blog by

Sonos introduces new PLAYBAR wireless soundbar to rescue you from the sound of your HDTV.

Anyone who owns a LED or Plasma flat screen TV knows that their TV speakers suck. Fortunately, Sonos comes to the rescue. The Sonos Playbar brings awesomeness to your LED or Plasma TV in the form of a sound bar — a self-contained substitute for a home theater receiver and separate home theater speakers and subwoofer that might otherwise be used. Stocked with an impressive nine drivers, the compact, low-profile Playbar employs rounded corners and silver accents to earn more style points than most sound bars, which tend to be black, boxy, and décor-damaging. At just 3.3 inches tall, it can sit in front of your TV without blocking the IR or the screen itself. Alternately, you can rotate it 90 degrees for mounting on a wall with the optional wall bracket. Internal sensors detect the orientation and adjust the audio output accordingly. Like other Sonos pieces, the Playbar needs an internet connection from your router. If you already own a Sonos music system, then the Playbar will sync with your other Sonos speakers wirelessly. If you do not already have a Sonos music system and you don’t have an ethernet connection at the TV then you can get your .. read more

On March 4th, 2013, posted in: Soundings Blog by

Audiofest Returns to the Mile High City, Vienna Acoustics Introduces new Speaker

The 2012 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel on October 12-14. Furniture will be removed from over 150 of the hotel’s sleeping rooms and manufacturers will set up complete stereo systems for attendees to audition. You are encouraged to go from room to room, have a seat and casually listen. In fact, feel free to bring your own iPods, discs or records to the show, as most exhibitors will be more than happy to play one or two songs of your favorite music. A variety of stereo equipment types will be demonstrated, ranging from affordable stereo separates and home audio systems to the ultra-expensive high end. The headphone community will be in the Rocky Mountain Event Center, so plan to spend some time there sampling the latest technology. Soundings Fine Audio Video will be teaming up with Boulder Amplifiers, Analysis Plus cables, and Vienna Acoustics to introduce the new Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition to the US market. Now in it’s third generation, the new Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition represents a perfect balance between modest size and a grand scale. The Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition speakers will be powered by .. read more

On October 8th, 2012, posted in: Soundings Blog by

It’s about quality – it’s always about quality.

What is it that makes you buy a stereo system or a home theater system?  Is it the cool touchscreen remote? Or maybe you can control the whole thing with your iPhone. Is it THX certification? You’re welcome. Is it the look or aesthetics of the speakers or maybe the fact that you don’t have to see the speakers at all? When you are making your buying decision for a stereo system or a home theater system what do you base it on? At Soundings Fine Audio Video, we’ve seen our fair share of stereo or home theater systems that are packed full with technology, fancy touchscreen remotes, and more in-wall speakers than you can shake a stick at. But we have found that what really matters most in your stereo or home theater system is not how cool your remote control is, or how many speakers you have, or the fact that you can turn on your hot tub from the airport, it’s what happens when you press the “play” button. You see, when you press “play” and start a movie or piece of music, there are only 2 possible outcomes: either the movie or piece of music will .. read more

On September 26th, 2012, posted in: Soundings Blog by 1 Comment

Why you need a REL.

THE MUSICAL NECESSITY OF AN ACTIVE SUB-BASS SYSTEM. Is deep bass necessary or desirable? Yes, in our opinion it is not only desirable, it is a critical part of the audible spectrum. “High Fidelity” products are designed to reproduce the original sound of an instrument or soundtrack as accurately as possible by faithfully preserving the character of the “live” sound down to the last nuance and detail. When reproducing the sound of large bass instruments, such as organ pipes or the synthesized low frequencies present in film mixes, the sonic benefit of adding a sub-bass system is immediately obvious. Higher frequencies, you may think, are unaffected, because they contain no bass. In reality every note comprises a “fundamental” frequency and “harmonics” which embrace a much wider frequency spectrum than the fundamental, and combine to distinguish a note played on say a piano, from the same note played on a violin. All musical performances will produce very low frequencies in addition to those expected. A REL will ensure that your system is wide band width, ensuring that it more closely resembles the live performance. This principle is valid with all sound reproduction media. In all cases, deep bass is both desirable .. read more

The One Component Every Music Lover Should Want to Add to Their Stereo System.

Have you gone looking for your favorite CD digging around through CD cases only to find the disc is missing? Are you tired of loading that old 300 disc CD changer with discs, wondering what might play next? With the VAST number of choices available for listening to digital music and streaming online content on your stereo system, may we suggest one that defies all others. If you love music, if you want that music now, and you want access to millions of songs easily at your finger tips, you might consider adding a Sonos to your stereo. Sonos combines online internet content, such as Pandora Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Mog, iHeart Radio with your existing digital music library into one very simple to use system, AND you can play it all over your home, even if your home is not wired. The Sonos system uses a powerful mesh network to send music wirelessly all over your home in pristine digital quality with no loss. You can hook up Sonos components to your existing home stereo system or directly to a pair of stereo speakers in any room in (our outside) your home. And if you have a room where you .. read more

Want Better Picture and Sound From Your Home Theater?

If you want better picture and sound out of your home theater or home audio system, look to your wall socket. The power coming from your wall outlet may be fine for your refrigerator or toaster but in most cases it can do some really bad things to the quality of the picture and sound coming from your home theater or home audio system and shorten your home theater or home audio systems’ life. While some electrical issues come from outside your home, most of them originate in the home. The 1960’s marked the beginning of the era of non-linear loads which now include electronic ballasts, computer power supplies, fax machines, lighting dimmers, CFL lamps and cell phone chargers. These non-linear loads put a lot of harmonic distortion and current issues back into your home’s electrical circuit. While most home theater and stereo components were built to withstand some of this, the number of non-linear power supplies and the amount of distortion in homes continues to increase. Adding a power conditioner to any home theater or home audio system can dramatically improve the picture and sound quality of your home theater or stereo. By providing power that is free of .. read more

Job Description: What’s a home audio speaker supposed to do?

When you sit down to play a movie or piece of music on your home audio or home theater system, you will insert a disc, and hit play. Only 2 possibilities now exist. The movie or piece of music will take hold, grab you, and absorb you completely into it…. or not. Good home audio speakers allow you to get completely and emotionally involved into the piece of music or film.