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FLORIDA 2019: Bananas Music, the record store with over three million titles

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Bananas Music (also known as Bananas Records) is an American record store that operates two locations in St. Petersburg, Florida. Opened in 1977, Bananas Music unofficially claims to be the largest record store in the United States, housing over 3 million vinyl records.

Originally opened as a book store in 1977, by founders Doug and Michelle Allen, things quickly escalated into the store selling more and more records, while eventually stepping away from book sales altogether in just a few short years.… Read the full article

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VPI Player Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI re-imagines the turntable, and creates a new product category with the Player

When I speak about record collecting with the under thirty-five crowd, initially many of them see vinyl as a low-fi medium, much like cassette tapes, and 8-tracks. This impression was created by dusty hand-me-down turntables, and record collections of which most have unkempt and dirty grooves. Along with many of the new records purchased during the “2008 vinyl resurgence” being played on these un-serviced thrift-store turntables, many more will find their way to the affordable shopping-mall Crosley suitcase models.… Read the full article

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Studio Electric M4 Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | July 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Studio Electric looks for a higher class of consideration

Call me crazy but I have a particularly unwavering bias in this hobby for sound and sound only. I do not personally subscribe to the church of audio-bling, although I don’t mind its existence or necessity in another’s sense of taste. I understand the appeal high-end-audio-jewelry and cost-no-object endeavors that embody faultless craftsmanship inside and out. I don’t fault high-end audio manufacturers for looking to one-up each other by creating flashy high-end-art pieces as much as they are high-end-high-fidelity.… Read the full article

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The Millennial Audiophile: A Review of the NAD 316BEE V2 Integrated Amplifier

By | June 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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The Rightful King of The Audiophile Entry-Level Integrated Amplifiers adds a New Jewel to its Crown.

I’ve owned three of the NAD 316BEE integrated amplifiers. They are my go to budget integrated for a few reasons; power, finesse, and simplicity. Each time I have parted with one I’ve known it was to initiate a budding audiophile towards making a move into the hobby. Think of the new NAD 316BEE V2 as a well-refined budget amplifier, but also gateway product that does well to give its owners a hearty helping of the audiophile pie.… Read the full article

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The Millennial Audiophile: “I Hear An Epiphany”

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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One afternoon while collecting Krispy Kreme donuts with my friend Vivian, she began a discussion concerning her vinyl collection. Vivian wanted me to photograph her record wall. One half of Vivian’s apartment living room is decorated with album sleeves from her record collection. Vivian is an enthusiastic vinyl collector. Her launching point was an inherited record collection, one that belonged to her father. As her father had moved away from vinyl records back in the early “convenience era” of cassette tape and CDs, the family’s record collection found itself relegated to the metaphoric attic.Read the full article

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The Record Store Day Hi-Fi Roadshow at Gravity Records

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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“Just to let you know, we have a high-fidelity stereo system in the store today. I invite you to select any record from the shelf, take the center yellow chair, sit back for a listen… and did I mention we have free bourbon?”

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As someone who identifies as an audiophile part-time, I spend the other half of my double life as a regular person. I live in the real world both economically and mentally. I have responsibilities and avocations that I take rather seriously.… Read the full article

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