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About the channel
Hi-fi, music and associated tech are dealt with in this series of videos. Please watch, like, comment and share. The more the merrier. Vinyl and cassette lovers certainly have a home in this channel!
Ray AKA Fluteboy is a stay at home carer, looking after his disabled partner. Aged 47 he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music. As the pseudonym suggests, he also happens to play the flute. When not listening to or playing music, he can be found making videos about audio and audio-related subjects, complete with docile British accent and occasional stutter. He is also a fan of similar YouTube creators such as Oddity Archive, Techmoan, VWestlife, Cassette Comeback, Vinyl Eyezz and radiotvphononut.
After nigh-on 40 years, Audio Technica have replaced their legendary AT-95E with a new contender. It wasn't broke, but still they fixed it. Despite its modest price, the original delighted even the audiophiles with its performance, and its replacement promises more of the same. Can it give my vinyl playback a huge wakey-wakey? Will it ably cooperate with a low-mass tonearm?
Premium quality interconnects all claim to yield sonic benefits in return for their significant cost. As yet, I remain horribly unconvinced. Along comes this thin and twisted number from a British company I have never heard of before. Can I be swayed this time around? Is it snake oil or is there something to be realised?
Released in the late 90's for the UK listener, this Denon amplifier defies its 30 watt rating and its relative budget status. 20 years on, it remains a serious contender when compared to today's highly-priced amplifiers. A fast, tight bass that will not swamp or exaggerate an already warm-sounding source component, and a treble that is open and honest.
The Sony deck just wobbled all the time, and would not paint a satisfactory sonic picture, so now it's the turn of this multi-talented Japanese company to try and impress. If you cannot afford a Nakamichi, this is usually the brand you turn to for cassette duties.
The latest addition to my vinyl collection is this little-known easy/latin LP from Germany. It may not sound too special, however one of the tracks has become very popular in YouTubeland. Are you familiar with some bloke from the northwest of England who occasionally does puppet routines at the end of his videos? If you are none the wiser, then enjoy this very catchy track. A German LP on a German turntable too.
Take your finest strands of copper, plate them with silver, wrap them around a hollow tube, and enclose the lot in an outer sleeve. Then charge a premium for it. I woundn't normally do this kind of thing, but for eBay and its occasional bargain. Will this costly speaker cable wake my system up, and give it the kick in the trousers it so richly deserves?
Some people pay big money for their audio interconnects. Can any sonic benefit be realised by doing so? Do you shell out, or do you stick with that bit of grey string that came in the box? And for your speakers - is it cheapo bell wire or big, fat anacondas suspended on polished wooden curling rocks? Do you put hockey pucks on your walls? Spread cream on the underside of your amplifier? Or do just get on and listen?
A bonus minisode™ which deals with a new arrival in my vinyl collection. The Tesco Value brand had a less than savoury reputation and was often parodied, and this DJ outfit from north London decided to dress their release in that familiar mundane garb! It also meant we could load up on cheap beans, and deal with the aftermath later....
Want to listen to vinyl? A phono preamplifier is essential if your amplifier was made after the mid 90s. Those tiny signals need a bit of a boost! This example from turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject fits the bill perfectly by being affordable and sounding terrific. What a shame my turntable cannot be as cooperative.
Vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence for many years, and now the humble Compact Cassette™ is making a welcome comeback. Here is a Sony deck with a Sony fault, but it has been persuaded to function as intended. As for that pesky wow and flutter - is it the deck or is it the cassette? Well, feed it a decent cassette and it sings. Feed it a "Type 0" and it certainly tries. Break out the Contek, to be sure!
CDs are not dead - they are very much alive and well! That is certainly the case with this 20 year old high-end CD player. After two failed attempts at acquiring a reliable and enjoyable player, this one surfaced - complete with fancy Japanese "ta-ke" bamboo capacitors. We are talking quality here!
This episode deals with my turntable of choice - the Dual CS505-2. German-built quality that keeps on giving after 35 years. Ausdauernd und robust. It even got to appear in both of the Trainspotting movies, so we may consider it an icon!
This first episode deals with Pro-Ject Vinyl Clean - a dry cleaning agent for vinyl listeners - one slightly reminiscent of those jelly-like air fresheners. Does it work? Will it rid your vinyl of that frying bacon sound? Can you get high by sniffing it? Warning - contains ASMR.