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Hi fi part 2: the kitchen radio

After buying the new livingroom hi-fi, my thinking was I want a device for the kitchen that does DAB+ for digital radio (eg music such as Double-J without relying on the vagaries of the internet connection) and can also do AirPlay (eg for music from iTunes on the Mac). Devices that do both DAB+ and AirPlay in one kitchen-sized unit seem to be extremely scarce. The only one I've found was sold b

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The new toy

In Parks and Recreation they celebrate an annual Treat Yo'self day. Mine was last week. I took my birthday and the next day off work. After much pondering, I bought a new home theatre setup. I'd spent way too much time pondering what I was going to buy. For a while I considered buying into the Sonos system -- having seen J's setup, it's really very impressive. The multi-room stuff is ver

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Thinking again about hi-fi

One of my long-term objectives is to update my sound system. My current system is a mix of devices collected over many years. The horrible old brown Sanyo speakers I've had since I was a teenager, which originally came with a Sanyo DC J3K receiver and turntable (click through for some photos of what this looked like... some still survive to this day, obviously -- though my speakers are bigger a

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Music: best derivatives and best angry songs

Some best ofs in my current favourite lists. Best derivatives While most of the music on my favourites list are original compositions, here are some cover versions and songs that sample others that I currently like a lot: Something For Kate -- Born To Run -- I almost like this more than Springsteen's original. P Diddy with Jimmy Page -- Come With Me -- samples Led Zep's Kashmir. Not th

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Another old obscure music video clip: Jellyfish “New Mistake” (1993) – and a new one

An obscure music video from 1993, twenty years ago. I caught this video on Rage one night, and got into the band Jellyfish from there. I'm not even sure quite why I like it. The quirky music video (it was never clear enough on VHS, but it is here -- all the band's shots are obviously filmed backwards), the Queen-like harmonies, the wierdo lyrics. Dunno, but I was listening again to the albu

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Obscure songs: JC001: Never Again

20 odd years ago, when I was into music videos (and television in general), I used to regularly record (yes, on VHS) a few hours of Rage on a Friday and/or Saturday night, and watch it the next day. I'd categorise each song as a 1, 2 or 3. 1s I would copy onto another tape for keeping -- a kind of Rage mix-tape. 2s I would watch once. 3s I would spin through. One much-loved but long-forgotte

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My retro iPod

I just realised my iPod is nearly nine years old. That's an age in the world of computers and electronics... does that make it a retro item? It's a third-generation iPod, back from before they had silly features like apps, movie playback, and colour screens... And yes, it's still going strong, though admittedly most of its use is at home in its cradle, playing music into the stereo. And

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Quick random thoughts

The Herald Sun paywall launched in March, and offered free 2-month passes. Any word on what's happened now those have run out? Strange dream: Woke up with the most enormous sideburns. Struggled to get them removed before having to go to work. Another dream: Was invited to a very elaborate dinner party at Alan Kohler's place, which in the dream was in Carnegie around the corner from where I u

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Shiny discs

CDs recently turned 30 years old. I first got a CD player in 1988, when they fell below $200 for the first time. It was a CDC brand player (made by Teac), for which I trekked out to KMart at Box Hill. It worked for fifteen years, until 2003 -- though its replacement didn't last that long. The first CD I bought back in '88? Abbey Road. I don't recall the subsequent early purchases, but I k

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Do you still buy CDs? And why?

This topic came up on social media and in real life recently: do you still buy CDs, and why? I do. I buy some stuff on iTunes and Bigpond Music (which sells MP3s), and buy some stuff (particularly older material) on CD. Why? Because I prefer the softer, warmer, fuller sound of CDs to the harsh sound of MP3s. Nah.... Actually three main reasons: A lot of older material out there is