I Am The Table: The World Of Classic Turntables Jul28

I Am The Table: The World Of Classic Turntables

I Am The Table is a recurring series covering vintage turntables produced in the last 50 years from manufacturers across the globe. “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is a clichéd phrase that usually rings pretty false. They don’t make TVs like they used to, and that’s great. Old HDTVs were generally a giant pain in the ass and could weigh hundreds of pounds. But when it comes to modern turntables though, particularly at the entry-level end of the spectrum, they really don’t make ‘em like they used to, which is a darn shame. While the basic shape of a vinyl record as we know it today has existed for more than a century, “modern”...

Lake of Tears – Headstones

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. Alright, let’s say you’re a big fan of bands like Moonspell, Katatonia, and Type O Negative, and are looking to expand your already substantial gothic metal/doom repertoire. Furthermore, let’s also assume that you’ve built up a reputation as a veritable gothic metal/doom cognoscenti, but are now unbelievably finding yourself running out of albums...

Mani vs. Pluto Jul09

Mani vs. Pluto

Not content to let the guys at Schiit hog all of the limelight with their high performance, low cost Mani Phono preamp, U-turn, the company behind the popular, entry-level Orbit turntable, have released their own, even lower cost preamp called the Pluto. Unlike a lot of low cost turntables, the Orbit doesn’t have a built-in preamp, and so the Pluto, or any other outboard Phono pre is required to bring the signal up to a level necessary for a regular stereo input. While the Mani is surprisingly adaptable for its price, with multiple gain settings and and the ability to handle both MM and MC carts, the Pluto sticks to the well trodden...

Downfall of Nur – Umbras de Barbagia Jul07

Downfall of Nur – Umbras de Barbagia

Downfall of Nur is a one-man metal project of Antonio Sanna, a native born Sardinian currently living in Argentina. The “Nur” in the project’s name refers to the Nuragic Age, a unique time period within Sardinian history where the island’s society experienced great cultural and technological sophistication. Eventually though, the Nuragic Age came to an end at the hands of the Phoenicians who conquered the island and then subsequently handed it over to the Roman Empire after their defeat in the first Punic War. But remnants from this great age still exist in the form of the strange tower-like fortresses known as the...

Atheist – Unquestionable Presence

Classic Wax is a recurring series covering exceptionally great sounding metal releases on vinyl. As all of these albums are classics, our usual music and sound scores are superfluous. Unquestionable Presence, and Atheist themselves, are one of the great “what if?” questions in metal. A year after the release of Piece Of Time, the band embarked on a small European tour in support of Candlemass, and as 1990 came to a close, they returned to North America for several more dates. The tour finished in California at the beginning of 1991, and as they traveled back home to Florida to continue the recording work they had already begun on what would...

Aumeo: The Great Equalizer Jun24

Aumeo: The Great Equalizer

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. There seems to be two prevailing camps among audiophiles when it comes to the topic of equalizers: Those who can’t live without them and those who couldn’t care less. Generally speaking, I’m in the latter camp. Yes, I am quite aware of what EQ can do to for my general head sway, but the sad fact is I am just too darn lazy to sit there and fool around with boosting this frequency and cutting that one to get it just right. What’s worse is that not all EQ implementations are created equally, so even if I do...