Occasional series highlighting Dilemas of the Modern Age.
What’s an aesthetically-sensitive serious HiFi and modern jazz buff supposed to do?
It’s been a mixed few days. A vintage shrink-wrapped sealed record bought on ebay turns out to be damaged, concealed by the shrink. My laptop fails. I’ve heard some great music. Therapy needed. You are ready to settle down to some cool evening listening, a tumbler of your favourite single malt, maybe a live set on the turntable – Miles in Person at the Blackhawk on Six Eye, Mobley! – you settle back, you dim the lights, and… aaagh! What could be worse? Colour clashing LEDs!!
Don’t designers of modern HiFi separates understand the principles of colour co-ordination? Red and Green Should Not Be Seen? Three separate strengths of amber LED? Miles Davis it’s Kind of Blue, not Kind of Cyan…
Instead of a chilled laid back live club performance, I have disco-dancing mayhem on the HiFi staging.
LEDs. Is this today’s Big Issue LJC?
Not, not really. There is no sound to accompany this post because my laptop which briefly allowed me to make high quality rips from the big hifi has died, repeating Blue Screen of Death. All blue. It’s gone in for repair, no high quality rips for a couple of weeks, it’s back to the Numark usb TT temporarily. Sorry. Tell Microsoft. Back with more posts soon, no rest at LJC in search of the good stuff..
More interesting, I have just spent a week auditioning a custom-build valve pre-amp, and it totally smokes. Simple analog design, minimum number of high quality components, blows away Linn’s complex solid-state circuitry, at a quarter of the cost, and excitement comes fitted as standard. There is only one thing wrong with it. LED mismatch! In a world focussed on appearances and being totally cool, is this something I can live with?
Back to the music soon, with the Numark.
Amber Red Green Blue Cyan?
Colourful. Personally, I like it.