Network streaming

A friend rang me the other day to ask about network streaming.

I bought an ARCAM CDS-27 SACD player which included network streaming. But it is unsatisfactory.

It is somewhat clunky in operation, the screen is unhelpful, when network streaming it will not do continuous play, so there is a gap betweent tracks that normally run together, and it misses the very beginning of every track. It’s fine(ish) playing discs. That there’s no app for it either (on Android) is also a negative.

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Gyro

This is basically what my turntable looks like:

Anyone who has heard it agrees it makes a decent sound, but some people hate the design.

Well, remember, it’s s spared down spider edition. But I agree it’s not like this, which is a more a piece of furniture:

But the function dictates the style:

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Turntable

After much research, I decided on my turntable, a Michell Gyrodec SE.

It looks like this:

You might think that there is a Gyrodec (there is) and that this is the Special Edition, but no, it’s the “Spider Edition”. Lots of expensive and unnecessary bits, like the perspex cover, have been removed. This has, people say, improved the sound as well as reducing the price (so it is affordable for poor folk like me). If you want, it can be upgraded later.

It sounds great. Over the years, bits have been changed, like the wires in the tonearm, and I bought a record clamp which flattens slightly warped records and improves the contact between the platter and the disc.

As a mechanical device, it needs a service occasionally. I bought a new cartridge recently, and took the opportunity to check all the settings and tweak it a bit.

You may recognise the style of turntable from A Clockwork Orange:

Bill Rieflin

Very sad to hear that drummer and instrumentalist Bill Rieflin has died.

Bill was most recently a drummer and keyboardist with King Crimson, though he kept dropping out obviously due to illness.