Build a bonkers hi-fi
Product Round-up And lo the command came from El Reg to assemble a hi-fi so extreme, so “bonkers” that only oligarchs, rock stars and the sporting elite would actually be able to afford one. So, avoiding the obvious temptation to simply cherry pick telephone number hardware, I’ve assembled a sound system of such extravagant exquisiteness I actually want to buy it… Euro Millions win not withstanding.
Continuum Caliburn turntable
If like me, you’ve been holding onto old vinyl, perhaps storing it with ill-disguised contempt in the garden shed or loft, then you’ll probably want something modest to play it on in your next super-fi system. Sure you could slum it with a Clearaudio Concept, priced at a derisible £1,650 or an EAT Forte S for £5,900 if you opt for the Makassar finish, but frankly that battered pressing of The Lurkers' Fulham Fallout (I have an appreciation for the classics) deserves better.
My advice is place an order for a Continuum Caliburn. Priced at a mere 120,000 notes, it’s unquestionably the world’s finest player of records – and at 40kg, probably the heaviest. The chassis is made of magnesium alloy and features a magnetically levitated platter driven by an impossibly smooth, ‘zero cogging’ motor.
Records are actually clamped to this floating platter by a silent vacuum pump; this ensures a completely flat surface for the large but light Cobra tonearm. Included in the price is the ingenious Castellon stand, which uses opposing magnetic plates and proprietary pneumatics to isolate the deck from unwanted vibrations; although I doubt it will be able to cope when I start pogoing around the room to Ain’t Got A Clue.
Paris Rating 100%
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Whats the bloody point then? Spending Bob Diamond levels of money of amps, speakers etc if you're going to be listening to you tunes in mp3 format! Especially when you have terrabytes of storage! jeeze!
Bonkers? oh yes.
Best laugh of the day - well done.
The bit that said "bathed in azure light, ostensibly to improve laser reading accuracy" had me in stitches.
I'm with you!
Next thing you know these fools will be spending £500 on all gold passivated, oxygen free, triple shielded zero crosstalk HDMI cables because they can SEE the difference in the picture on their tv compared to a normal £25 cable.
A respectable round up of kit but surely for the best aural experience you should dip all the audiophiles in liquid nitrogen? In my experience it improves their noise floor immeasurably by shutting them up completely.
I've just replaced the cable on my USB mouse with 100% oxygen free gold plated super duper £6,000 speaker cable and I swear my mouse pointer is way more accurate than ever!