More of the Music of Joni Mitchell
More Commentaries on the Basics of Shootouts
When it comes to doing shootouts, half the battle is just being able to play the record right.
Our approach is simply a matter of precisely adjusting the arm and cartridge for every title, then comparing the various pressings, properly cleaned of course, under carefully controlled conditions, with as much scientific rigor as we can bring to the proceedings.
In some ways it is analogous to rocket science, which we would define as the seemingly simple process of discovering all the details that need to be sweated and then sweating the hell out of them.
It’s the opposite of theoretical physics. One doesn’t need to be a novel thinker or have big ideas to do audio well.
Obsessively working through the basics of table setup, tweaks, room treatments and electrical quality will take your system to levels beyond those you could have ever imagined.
And, you sure don’t need a bloody microscope to check your stylus rake angle, unlike some audiophile reviewers who insist that such devices are somehow essential.
Your ears, if they are any good at all, will do the job just fine, and probably much better.