Record Players Are Coming Back!

In this century, there’re still many people concern of playing and recording record players, analog sound players, antique collectors, DJs and audiophile. Maybe you don’t believe but nowadays, there are many tracks and albums are still produced in vinyl black discs. Even well – known producers and companies are maintaining the LP version for some albums such as the 2011 version of “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd. Alongside with the disc, record players are also concerned. The best record player can now be purchased easily online, instead of asking here and there hopelessly to find the one that suits your living room.

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  1. Some numbers for the records

New black disc are still released monthly, and according to the music industry’s analytics, in 2003, just within half of a year, the number of LPs sold reached 661.000 copies, meanwhile the number of SACD and DVD-A is just 234.000.

Until now, there are many people that have the hobby of collecting the LP or vinyl discs, because of many reasons. Some of them may have a part of their collection long time ago and they want to enrich their treasure, others have just recently found out the joy in collecting this kind of disc. To many people, collecting and taking care of those LPs from the time they take the disc out of the cover, put it into the player, gently put the spinner on, watching the pin moves slowly on the surface of the vinyl record… the whole process is just like an amazing season for their life, a noble and gentle hobby that is irresistible.

A community that contributes a lot in keeping LP alive is the collectors. Each cover itself is a masterpiece, therefore the collectors try as hard as they could to find the cover, trading, making an undercover market that is very eventful, especially with the very rare and special editions.

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  1. DJs – how can they use the LPs?

Professional DJs are also the people who persistently protect the existence of this music device. Most of the free music styles (underground music) are produced and published with vinyl records. Some famous music producing companies recently released the acapella LP version (literal with no music instruments) of popular music for underground mixers, and it’s time for them to remix all the songs, publishing under LPs for DJs.

Many people claimed that it would be better to hear a song through the LP and you will see, you don’t need to be an audiophile to agree with that. The warmth of the sound is completely undeniable. It is explained by the sound waves which are analog pure with the wave graphic always change with a smooth amplitude. The sound waves are saved in the LP exactly correct with what they were created, so that they can still remain the sound quality: smooth and warm.

If you hear a song on CD and fell just fine, you should listen to the same song which is played on a record player. If the sound systems are good enough, the song could make you goose bumping because of the fresh and new feelings that you can never find on CD version. In addition, CD players are often recorded in 20Hz – 20 kHz, the sound range that human can hear. Even though human can’t hear anything below that range, we can still “feel” the sound. That’s another advantage of LPs. With just a medium quality record player and a not-so-good sound system, the quality of this combination can overwhelm all the sound quality of luxury CD players.

Meanwhile, the digital sound waves are not waves literally, they are consecutive ladders. Digital recording process will catch the analog waves in a certain part (for example CD: 44.100 times per second) and measure all the parts with a certain exact. But with some sounds like trumpet’s or drums’ with faster changing pace, there would be some awry in the sound quality.

To be honest, if you are a person who love sounds and want to know what the best sound system is, visit my blog and I will show you. Thank you for reading this, and I hope you guys can change your mind about old things like record player and love them more.

What Kitchen Appliances to Get According To Your Budget

When you have been using a car for a couple of decades it is more than expected to have to conduct a lot of maintenance over the years. As it gets older and older more and more repairs are needed to keep it in the necessary working condition.

Well, the same applies when it comes to your house, and in this particular occasion, the kitchen. Over the years technology gets better and better, thus creating the need to perform upgrades. The kitchen is the closest thing to an engine when it comes to your house. The more you use it the worse the condition it gets, and in due time you need to change things up a bit.


It is very unrealistic to buy a new house just because you need to perform a few upgrades. When it comes to the kitchen in addition to the most essential appliances, make sure you buy quality appliances when doing the upgrades and search for the best pressure cooker, microwave, slow cooker etc.

Now that you have decided to go through with the remodeling process, there are some basic factors you need to consider starting from the available budget.

Assessing the Budget

First thing you need to do before you start remodeling and equipping the kitchen is to decide the budget. Be aware of how much money you can spend. You don’t want to end up with the kitchen half way done and no money to finish it.

Next, you need to know upfront everything that you want to achieve with the remodeling. Do you want to replace the cabinetry and the sink; do you want to replace all the appliances; do you want to add more accessories to the list of appliances? And do you want to base all that on looks and style or functionality. Everyone’s ideal solution is a little bit of both.

What to Consider When Shopping For Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen Appliances

When you have a clear picture of what you want to equip your kitchen with in terms of appliances you have the room to make adjustments to your budget on the go. If you have less money available for appliances you should opt for free-standing all-in-one appliances. On the other hand, if you have a higher projected budget for appliances you should opt for the slide-in ones. Naturally these are more expensive because they can be customized to fit your overall kitchen style much better. And if you decide for extra customizations the price will get even higher. And all for good reason though. You will have a splendid kitchen design which will allow for easier movement and a lot less creativity and fun while cooking.

The Importance of a Ventilation System

It is inevitable to have smoke, steam and all kinds of smells in the kitchen while cooking. If you don’t want all those to roam free around your entire living and eating areas, you need a proper vent system. There are two options: overhead or downdraft ventilation.

An overhead vent system is installed directly above the stove, attached on the wall or the ceiling and pulls the steam and odors upwards. And since it usually and easily becomes the focal point of your kitchen you should make sure you pick a nice looking piece without sacrificing functionality.

A downdraft vent system is not as exposed as their counterparts. Downdraft systems are designed to pull the air directly from the stove surface and down through the vent system hidden under the floor. Sometimes the air goes through the vent located behind the cabinets.

Both systems are highly efficient in removing the smell and steam while cooking. Depending on your taste and available space, make a decision about which one to go with, but in no way decide to skip installing a ventilation system.

Once you cover all the basic and essential components for your kitchen, you can then decide on the additional appliances you can afford to buy to make life in the kitchen even easier. A microwave if you wish to heat up yesterday’s leftovers, a slow cooker for the perfect stew, a pressure cooker for the fast meal and many others.

The Competitive of Entry-level Boom Boxes

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Small, inexpensive boom box audio equipment is still selling well despite more expensive compact disc (CD) boom boxes. Owning an inexpensive boom box enables the consumer to take the device outside and leave the CD machine at home. The budget-priced products are also good as a child’s first audio machine. Some manufacturers have marketed brightly colored products for this market. These inexpensive machines cost $29-$39 while the CD machines cost approximately $50.

Always having a Good Market for the Products

Despite the popularity of the CD-based boom box, retailers are finding there is still a market for the entry-level analog tuner-cassette player-type among consumers.

According to John Messina, an electronics buyer for Tops Appliance City, the entry-level boom box has carved out a very distinct niche for itself.

“The whole boom box business has shifted to two arenas, the entry-level product and CD product and there are a lot of [entry-level] units being sold,” he said. At Kmart, units hitting price points between $29 and $39 are doing very well, said Tom Hook, one of the chain’s audio buyers. He said customers are using these devices for utilitarian purposes and not as their main source of mobile entertainment.

The Perfect Choice with an Inexpensive Portable Stereo

Messina agreed saying he believed many people are buying these budget-priced units either as a second boom box that can be taken out without worrying about it being damaged, while saving the more expensive, CD-equipped unit for use around the home. For the same reason an inexpensive portable stereo is perfect as a child’s first stereo, he said.

Currently, a wide variety of manufacturers are targeting the preteen market by producing durable, brightly colored boxes designed to catch the eye as well as be affordable. Sony Corp. has even hit the market with its My First Sony products, targeted at younger children.

  • The Low-Price Portable Stereo Category

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Radio Shack has a dedicated line of simple, easy to operate “kiddie boom boxes” selling in the $35 range, said Rick Borinstein, Radio Shack’s vice president of merchandise marketing. He said this category has helped Radio Shack become very successful in the low-price portable stereo category because it increases the number of potential customers.

“We put a special emphasis on this [the boom-box] area,” said Borinstein, adding the company uses a double-focus approach in its marketing, the children’s products and those for older customers.

Radio Shack further subdivides its marketing approach enabling it to hit many price points. For example Radio Shack has four basic configurations of boom boxes; single cassette and dual cassette units either with or without CD capability.

The market for the very low-priced boom box is definitely still there, said another retailer, mainly because it is still the most inexpensive way to carry music around. He added that despite the drop in the price of CD boom boxes he does not foresee the disappearance of the diminutive box with only a few features.

  • More Expensive Boom Boxes

Manufacturers ranging from the St. Louis, Mo.-based Gran Prix Electronics to Aiwa America Inc. are setting their sights on this segment of the market. Gran Prix has several CD models, some with breakaway speakers, with suggested prices below $50.

Aiwa has even added a wireless remote control to models in this price range, giving customers a feature normally found on more expensive boom boxes.

  • The Intermediate Priced Versions

However, several retailers said the success of the both the budget-priced box and high-end CD type has been made at the expense of the intermediate priced unit.

These models are usually equipped with dual tape wells and Hooks said sales of these items are now flat and he expects that in about a year there will be a large downturn in this area. With prices sitting at $99 for a good quality, yet entry-level CD player that also includes a tape deck, people are opting to buy these products instead of spending the same amount and getting fewer features. Radio Shack said it still does a fair business with dual deck types, said Borinstein.

The Dropping Trend of Low CD Boom Box Prices

Hooks added that customers have not even seen how low CD boom box prices might still drop. Kmart already has one brand at $88 and somewhere down the road he predicted well-known name brand units could be at $79.

Borinstein said he was not certain in where this CD category will eventuate, “but at this time if your product is not in the $100 range it cannot compete.”

The High-Impact Quality of Audio Equipment

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Car and home audio equipment manufacturers have discovered the high-impact quality of television and are suddenly choosing to promote themselves through that medium. Kenwood launched the largest ad campaign of its history with its first television spots in fall 1994. Fisher Inc has created a 30-minute infomercial for its Studio 24 CD changer system that stars singer Alice Cooper and his mother.

For many industries, advertising their goods on television is as customary as fireworks on the Fourth of July, but until recently TV has been pretty much foreign territory for many home- and car-audio manufacturers.

Continuously Up-to-date Strategies of Manufacturer

More exposure for the company name and the immediate impact TV can have on consumers were among the reasons industry executives cited for the recent upsurge in commercials. Audiovox Corp., Fisher Inc. and Bose Corp. are first-time TV advertisers with commercials pushing specific products, joining Kenwood, which has kicked off its largest campaign ever.

According to Bob Law, Kenwood U.S.A. Inc.’s national marketing manager, the recent increase in TV commercials is in response to an industry wide realization of the need for more self-promotion and the fact most of those who make up the company’s main customer base simply don’t read much.

In light of this, Kenwood has jumped on the TV bandwagon and this fall started its largest ad campaign ever. It also marked the first time Kenwood has ever been on broadcast stations. The ads are targeted at increasing the company’s name recognition among consumers and not specific products. “We live in a TV age. A lot more people watch TV than read and to reach the kids, who are our main customer base, the best way is to be on TV,” said Law.

High-end Prestige Line – One of Famous Products

Audiovox Corp. also has made its TV debut via a pair of commercials touting its high-end Prestige line of autosound and car security products. The campaign started Nov. 1 and will run throughout the fourth quarter on cable channels such as MTV, CNN and Lifetime.

“The company recognized that consumer ads are important, but never before put the dollars against that recognition. Right now this is not being done on a grand scale, we admit, but you have to start somewhere,” said Ann Boutcher, Audiovox’s vice president of marketing.

The two Audiovox spots are targeted at specific demographic audiences, with the audio ad running on MTV and aimed at 17 to 25 year olds while the car security spot on CNN and Lifetime is for the more mature viewer. Both feature a toll-free number through which the customer can receive a product catalog and the location of the nearest Audiovox retailers.

Boutcher said response to the ads has been extremely high with hundreds of calls having been received. In response, the company has already budgeted funding for more commercials.

Several Inc. with Their High Standard of Providing

Last spring Bose ran the first ad for its high-end Wave table radio and followed it up with a second spot that kicked off in August that runs on cable and other channels. Alex Campbell, Bose’s vice president of marketing, said customer response to the ads has been positive and, since the Wave radio is only sold direct from Bose, reaching the highest number of people possible is imperative. “We clearly get a better response from TV due to the number of households reached,” he said.

  • Fisher Inc

Another company sold on the benefits of TV advertising is Fisher Inc., which is taking a somewhat different approach by running a 30-minute infomercial featuring rock star Alice Cooper and his mother for its Studio 24 CD changer system. The program gives both an explanation of the product and tells the viewer where the unit is locally available.

“Since we started, more branded companies have begun using it as a vehicle to talk directly with the public,” he said, pointing to Philips Consumer Electronics’ use of the format to hype its CD-i multimedia system.

Shoemaker said he was able to gauge the infomercial’s impact first-hand during a visit to a local electronics retailer. He observed a couple looking at a Studio 24-equipped rack system and heard them tell the salesman they were interested in the product because of the advertisement.

“These people understood the product and came in pre-sold. This is the biggest difference between TV and print campaigns. People don’t always read the whole ad so they may not understand the product,” he said.

  • Philips Consumer Electronics Inc.

One company with a long history of TV advertising is Philips Consumer Electronics Inc., which has placed its Magnavox audio products on the air each fall. Using ads with a healthy dose of humor, John Cleese of Monty Python fame starred in last year’s campaign. Philips decided upon a new direction for 1994, however. It dropped Cleese, replaced the name recognition spots with a trio that are product-specific, and skewed the commercials toward a younger audience.

“We wanted to retain the humor, but drop the comic. We wanted the product to be the star,” a company spokesman said, adding the spots have been running on all the networks, specifically on sports programs as well as the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows. The spots cover the company’s sevendisc CD audio systems, Remote Locator and Smart Sound products. All use the Magnavox Smart-Very-Smart tagline and emphasize the product’s high level of technology.

  • Pioneer Electronics Inc.

Another proponent of TV advertising is Pioneer Electronics Inc., which just ended its third national ad campaign. According to Jim Wallace, manager of advertising and promotion for car electronics, Pioneer attempts to work in conjunction with its dealers whenever the commercials are running.

“We try to get our dealers to buy local time to run along with our ads,” he said, adding this one-two punch approach has been getting good results.

“Cable is much more efficient for us. To go national on the networks is costly and not a lot of programming is out there that reaches the 18 to 34 year olds; it is especially hard to reach them with print because they’re not doing any reading,” Wallace said.

Remarkable Loudspeaker Product Line

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International Jensen Inc has introduced the Advent Home Theater loudspeaker product line. This new product line enables consumers to acquire Advent products that will create a home theater system without having to acquire other manufacturers’ products. The products range in price from $129 to $1,000. The product line has different speaker packages, channel units and a subwoofer to mix and match.

Great Loudspeaker Brand of Jensen Inc

loudspeakerInternational Jensen Inc.’s Advent loudspeaker brand has introduced a full line of dedicated home theater products. The Home Theater (HT) speaker line includes the company’s first powered sub-woofer model and two speaker packages, as well as front, center and rear channel units.

According to a Jensen spokesperson, the new line allows consumers and retailers for the first time to bundle Advent models designed to work together instead of mixing and matching different types.


The 100-watt Sub. 10 powered subwoofer features a continuous variable low pass crossover, a 180-degree phase switch to keep the unit in balance with the satellites and an auto on/off switch. The 10-inch unit has a suggested price of $399.

The line’s rear channel unit is the 40-watt HT202, featuring a 2 1/4-inch driver and carrying a $79 per pair suggested price. For those interested in more power from the surround channel, Advent has the HT204, which matches four of the 2 1/4-inch drivers together in two pairs. The HT204 drivers are mounted on top of each other on a swivel mount and are rated at 100 watts. Suggested price per pair is $149.

Reasonable Price for the Good Device

Touted by Advent as perfect for a consumer’s first step toward a home theater system are the acoustically matched HT103 center and front speakers. All have two 5 1/4-inch drivers and a tweeter contained in 18-inch-high cabinets, with a $479 suggested retail price.

For consumers interested in expanding their existing system into a complete home theater, Advent now has the HT303 and HT304. Each contains a non-powered subwoofer; the HT303 has two satellite speakers, and the HT304 adds a center channel. Suggested prices are $349 and $449, respectively.

The spokesperson said a combination of the Sub. 10, HT103 and HT204 creates Advent’s best home theater system, at about $1,000. The setup contains the new powered subwoofer; the Sub. 10, matched with the HT103; a set of acoustically matched left, right and center speakers, and the HT204 rear channels.

Comparing Between the Bookshelf and Advent’s Mini II

Outside the home theater area, Advent launched its Bookshelf I speaker, which started shipping this month.

  • The spokesperson said the Bookshelf I was designed in response to dealers, requests for a lower-priced speaker than Advent’s Mini II.
  • With a $129 suggested retail price, the Bookshelf I is about $50 less than the Mini II. The new 50-watt model has a 5 1/4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter.

Mike Shoemaker, Fisher’s vice president of marketing, said he has been very pleased with the results and believes there is an industry wide trend afoot to utilize TV, particularly infomercial-type ads. Although Fisher’s ad has only been running full-time for slightly more than a month, the initial feedback from dealers reportedly has been very good.