Hi-Fi... Vinyl?

by Pino Pino May. 11, 2019 557 views
My new 'VICTROLA' I picked up at B&N to play my LPs in my office... pops, crackles and all... quite the creative serum for the soul.

My new 'VICTROLA' I picked up at B&N to play my LPs in my office... pops, crackles and all... quite the creative serum for the soul.

According to (my least favorite source, but will do for now) Wikipedia, High fidelity (often shortened to hi-fi or hifi) is a term used by listeners, audiophiles and home audio enthusiasts to refer to high-quality reproduction of sound. ... Ideally, high-fidelity equipment has inaudible noise and distortion, and a flat (neutral, uncolored) frequency response within the human hearing range.

Hi-Fi...

Flat...

Neutral...

Uncolored...

REALLY!?!

They keep using that word, 'fidelity', but I don't think that word means what they think it means.

Fidelity means 'faithfulness to the original'... let's call it 'the true sound'...

But think about when you go hear music performed... live music...

That IS the music...

I don't sit at a concert with headphones on listening to 'purified' and 'clarified'... ... ... ...I don't want to hear overly filtered sound.

Think about it... we don't HEAR digitally - 1/0 on/off yes/no sound/silence... we HEAR ANALOGUE... sound waves, nuances... instruments, performers - they vary performance to performance, minute to minute...
Do you know why musicians 'tune up' (warm up) their instruments? Because blowing in them or strumming their cords ACTUALLY changes the sound they produce... so they have to play them a bit to properly tune them in the conditions of the venue at that exact moment - and conditions change AS they play - and THAT is a HUGE part of what makes each and every performance unique... and THAT is one factor in why some people say 'performance X was THE premier rendition of that piece/song/etc'... WHY would we want to reduce THAT beauty and grace to 'artificial purity'?
Okay, I admit they do some filtering even live - we are in 2019 and, let's face it, some current day performers can't actually carry a tune so they do digitally "tweak" on the fly. But I try to not go hear someone in person unless I've heard them sing 'unplugged' and know they can ACTUALLY sing.

I want to see a live performance because I want to hear THEM - yes, through amplified speakers... but THEM - often in the open air... but always LIVE!

Live involves so many variables like where you sit in relation to the position and focus direction of the performers, everything going on around you... for crimeny sakes, if it is outside then even the air density and wind direction impact it...

The speakers can crack or pop, the crowd in singing along, the musician is running around and sweating and breathing...

THAT is the TRUE sound.

THAT is the PURE sound.

THAT is the artist performing for YOU/ME.

And I LOVE it...

Jazz, Blues, Orchestra, Country, and on and on...

I frequently sit OUTSIDE to hear IT in all its imperfectness!

Side Note: The Morton Arboretum does some great outdoor concerts - as do many other local venues in the area.

Personally, I LOVE hearing 'unplugged' performances... TRULY unplugged - not 'sort of unplugged because the artist cannot really sing so we actually are cleaning it up and not telling you'...

UNPLUGGED.

So old LPs of artists who performed in the age of analogue are, to me, amazing...

They are the best record (no pun intended) we have of what the music ACTUALLY sounded like at the time it was originally performed...

And THAT is what I pay to hear...

Listening to Vinyl is, to me, the closest I can get to actually hearing the artist perform right in front of me...

Analogue - the way the real world works... the way we ACTUALLY hear.

Hi-Fi...

High Fidelity...

Maximum Faithfulness...

Beautiful.

Graceful.

Unique.

Pure & True.

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos...  ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos... ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos...  ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos... ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos...  ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos... ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos...  ;)

Yep - this record is actually purple... As it happens, this particular LP is not one of my old ones but the bright color did inspire me to take these photos... ;)

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Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

I learned a new thing from your post...Morton Arboretum having outdoor concerts...thanks for the side note smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

You're welcome! They are really fun - we (My wife, my son, and I) go to several... even The Chicago Symphony Orchestra usually does at least one there every year... If you'd like, let me know if you go to any this year and maybe we can meet... we always bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic and always good to share good music and food with a new friend.

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