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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby xrayspex78 » 23 January 2019, 14:53

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One of my latest audio acquisitions. A Nakamichi BX-1 2 Head cassette deck. Fist Nak I ever owned that played correctly without major issues in the transport.

Replaced a bad power cord on the unit that had a hairline crack. Which caused intermittent power.
Now the fast forward and rewind will need addressed. They work but eventually stop and seem very weak. It could be:
Belts
Idler wheel
Motor
Not sure yet. Really hope it’s not the motor.

This was one of Nakamichi’s entry level decks. I believe it’s from 1982 or so. It’s a nice sounding deck for sure. Not their best. Their best was The Dragon and is considered the end all be all in home audio cassette decks. The darn thing had automatic azimuth adjustment!! :wide-eyed:
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby curious972 » 20 July 2020, 21:12

i listen to mostly classic rock. best when exercising
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Brenden » 20 July 2020, 21:18

curious972 wrote:i listen to mostly classic rock. best when exercising

But how? That was the question.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Severelius » 20 July 2020, 21:23

Spotify.
Wireless headphones.

I'm not an audiophile, I have no time for tinkering with elaborate devices and set-ups considering most music I listen to is just a largely-ignored background soundtrack to whatever I'm more focused on at the time.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby curious972 » 20 July 2020, 21:55

Brenden wrote:
curious972 wrote:i listen to mostly classic rock. best when exercising

But how? That was the question.

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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby René » 21 July 2020, 00:46

Typically Spotify on Very High quality on my Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones via my Samsung Galaxy S10 over Bluetooth transmitted using Sony's LDAC codec.

I love these headphones. The noise cancelling is amazing, they calibrate to the shape of your ears and the air pressure (e.g. cabin pressure on a plane) and stuff like that, and the batteries last like 30 hours, while charging fully in an hour. 2 minutes of charging gives about an hour of listening time. :D
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 21 July 2020, 06:31

Nice Nakamichi!

xrayspex78 wrote:This was one of Nakamichi’s entry level decks. I believe it’s from 1982 or so. It’s a nice sounding deck for sure. Not their best. Their best was The Dragon and is considered the end all be all in home audio cassette decks. The darn thing had automatic azimuth adjustment!! :wide-eyed:


Not to be argumentative, but there is some model that some swear was better. I can't remember what it was. But the Dragon was certainly a well regarded tape deck. I'll never forget when I saw one in real life, for sale in the used equipment room of a small city audio dealer. It was fun seeing a legendary component in person. No, I didn't get it...didn't have the $$$.

Although I did mention that Dragon to a larger city dealer with whom I'd done business. He was a lot less impressed--possibly because he'd long since moved on past the cassette tape. Although that same dealer did promote cassette even in the early 1990s over digital recording, feeling it worked better for LPs. He was a Sony ES dealer, and had access to both cassette and DAT decks.


Now the fast forward and rewind will need addressed. They work but eventually stop and seem very weak. It could be:
Belts
Idler wheel
Motor
Not sure yet. Really hope it’s not the motor.


Or just live without rewind or fast forward! :lol:

I'm not an expert, but I'd guess it more likely to be a belt/idler wheel type of issue.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 21 July 2020, 06:36

My #1 choice for music is the LP. These are trendy now, but I was playing them even in the 1990s, when they were "obsolete" in the eyes of many. At one point, I had a system that was only turntable/amp/speakers--although I'd planned to add other stuff, but wasn't able to get around to it for several years.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 21 July 2020, 06:40

Severelius wrote:I have no time for tinkering with elaborate devices and set-ups


It's not necessarily that bad dealing with a good system. Yes, there can be lots of tinkering with some systems--not to mention constant system changes. But many systems can be pretty much fit and forget.

I've had the moments of tinkering, but I've also had stretches when I do nothing more than what's needed for daily operation.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 21 July 2020, 06:51

Since cassette was mentioned... That's a format I seldom use. BUT it was very much a standard format when I was a teenager in the 80s--both for me, and certainly classmates, some of whom probably had nothing else.

I sort of thought of getting a good tape deck (although probably nothing remotely as good as Nakimichi Dragon) when first thinking of a good system. But I lost interest. I think at some point I thought a tape deck might be useful, but I'd just get some cheap "good enough for occasional use" tape deck. (Actually, the two things I'd have been interested in were voice material and possibly background music--neither of which are demanding enough to call for even an entry level Nakimichi.)
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby biguy87 » 21 July 2020, 08:50

Spotify and headphones when running. Radio on Amazon Echo/Alexa around the house. Radio and CD's in the car.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Valso » 21 July 2020, 12:00

On my computer - FLAC only. But the media players for Android don't seem to get along with FLAC when it comes to replay gain, so on my phone the music is mp3 because there the replay gain is a constant.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Graham » 11 December 2020, 23:23

I listen to most of my music on my iPod Touch :). I know that not many people have them today but they're so small and light, and I like having music on a separate device to play my music on which isn't my phone. I always download my music, not into streaming as it can be annoying if your internet connection is down or its just not possible when I'm travelling around the middle of nowhere.
Recently I've considered getting back into vinyl and getting myself a record player. But as the price of records is so high and I travel a lot, I think I'll skip having this as a hobby for a few years. I am considering getting a decent bluetooth speaker though to play my music out loud.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby René » 11 December 2020, 23:41

Graham wrote:I always download my music, not into streaming as it can be annoying if your internet connection is down or its just not possible when I'm travelling around the middle of nowhere.

You can have Spotify download particular playlists or all your liked songs etc. :D

Graham wrote:I am considering getting a decent bluetooth speaker though to play my music out loud.

Anker ones are excellent.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 12 December 2020, 01:18

Graham wrote:Recently I've considered getting back into vinyl and getting myself a record player. But as the price of records is so high and I travel a lot, I think I'll skip having this as a hobby for a few years.


It's not just the cost of the records, but there is also the cost of the turntable... Good turntables start at "not cheap" and go up to prices that normal mortals consider nothing short of horrifying. By the nature of the medium, good engineering and build quality are essential. Although a turntable will be a more lasting investment than some things--a good turntable will outlast several phones.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Graham » 12 December 2020, 13:41

René wrote:You can have Spotify download particular playlists or all your liked songs etc. :D

Anker ones are excellent.

Thanks for your suggestions René! I've seen the Anker ones but didn't know they were good. They're pretty inexpensive so they seem like a good option anyway :)

John27 wrote:It's not just the cost of the records, but there is also the cost of the turntable... Good turntables start at "not cheap" and go up to prices that normal mortals consider nothing short of horrifying. By the nature of the medium, good engineering and build quality are essential. Although a turntable will be a more lasting investment than some things--a good turntable will outlast several phones.

That's true! Recently I was looking into turntables. At first I thought the suitcase record players looked great but then I heard that they're not great quality and there are rumours about them damaging your records. Since then I looked up some more stuff and I like Teac but then there's the extra cost of buying decent speakers too.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby Magic J » 12 December 2020, 14:01

Mostly analogue when I'm at home. CD's, vinyl, the occasional cassette (no idea why these are making a comeback). I've got a relitively decent amp and turntable, speakers probably need an upgrade, but I live in an apartment, so I'll probably just wait until I'm somewhere I won't annoy the neighbours before I get that sub. :P

Ipod when I'm working. Recently got a 32g touch second hand for £25. Pretty decent. Although, my headphones are pish. Have to use earbuds, since I can only really listen in one ear, what with working around machines.

Honestly, I'd say just get a cheaper turntable first, if you were interested. Not the hella cheap suitcase ones, they'll damage the vinyl (their needle tends to weigh too heavily on the record) but you can get decent ones with built-in amp for around £200. See if you like the sound you get. Or better yet, see if you can find the rare indy music shop that lets you listen to the vinyl!

In my case, I bought the whole setup from a friend who's really into sound systems. Got big mates rates. :P
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby OutsideIn » 13 December 2020, 22:00

I listen to my music on my iPhone with my Bose QC35 headset. The sound isn't that great, but I chose convenience over quality in this case. I live alone. I am usually listening to music if I am moving around the house. I also use them for work. I can listen to music and make calls when I need to. Even when I was working in an office, I wore my headset most of the time to block out the noise around me. I wish I knew more about audio setups so that I could get better sound out of what I use.
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Re: Audio: How do you like to enjoy your music?

Unread postby John27 » 13 December 2020, 22:18

Graham wrote:That's true! Recently I was looking into turntables. At first I thought the suitcase record players looked great but then I heard that they're not great quality and there are rumours about them damaging your records.


Yes. I have no experience, but I have heard nothing--and I repeat nothing--positive about those suitcase models.

I heard one really cheap model that wasn't a suitcase, but at about that level, and it was absolutely terrible.

Since then I looked up some more stuff and I like Teac but then there's the extra cost of buying decent speakers too.


Although those speakers can also be used for other purposes. I route TV sound through my speakers. They are better than a TV speaker.
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