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Podcast: Why is Vintage Audio So Popular?

This episode explores why vintage audio hi-fi gear has suddenly become so sought after with @audioloveyyc and @budget_audiophiler.

The ecoustics team examines the reasons behind the resurgence of vintage audio. Our two vintage audio columnists, Eric Pye (@audioloveyyc) and Jeremy Sikora (@budget_audiophiler), not only have first-hand experience buying and repairing vintage hifi, but also the pulse of the used audio community on Instagram.

Is it a sudden yearn for nostalgia, more affordable pricing, better sound quality, iconic design, or something else? We explore all these topics and more.

Sponsor: Pro-Ject USA, who just introduced the A1 Automat Turntable.

Roundtable Group Discussion

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  1. ORT

    March 26, 2022 at 10:26 am

    You can have most anything in life so long as you dress for it. For the most part, vintage is dressed for “it”, no matter what “it” is.

    As with a woman, I will take class over ass every time. Lauren Bacall over Madonna, EVERY SINGLE TIME. No one I personally know wants sloppy seconds let alone filthy fiftieths.

    “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve?”

    Vintage makes me whistle.

  2. Christopher Baus

    March 27, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    As a Fisher collector I have to say $200 Fishers are hard to come by. I paid $200 for multiple Fishers, but recently was glad to pay $650 for 800b needing full restoration

  3. TourdeWade

    March 27, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Very enjoyable! It was interesting hearing about y’all’s backgrounds in vintage and your thoughts on its recent rise in popularity. I’m with Jeremy and feel very fortunate with my timing and got a Marantz 2230 and a Thorens TD160 several years ago for less than $200 each. Now if I could just make a similar bargain find on some Macintosh gear! Anyway, Thanks for the podcast and keep up the great work!

  4. Patrick

    March 27, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Vintage gear has gone up so much in price. I have been buying and selling as a hobby for around 15 years to basically pay for equipment I like to keep. Most has tripled or quadrupled in price. At some point I would like to see the companies still around that have the tooling, machines etc to reissue new equipment…

    • ORT

      March 29, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Well said, Patrick. All these audio companies need do is look at a Ford Mustang(screw that “Pusstang E thing!), Chevy Camaro or Dodge Challenger.

      Or Harley-Davidson. HD is also a decent warning of what not to do and that is to allow gross over charging. And just look at how soooo many companies stole Harley style and why? Because their own “cruisers” would NOT sell nearly so well.

      And now Honda has realized that folly and began making the Monkey, the Cub 125 and Trail CT125 and soon the DAX125. Their own history will sell if they pay solid homage to it, trust me on this.

      I will only pay so much to relive my past and that includes vintage audio. I am on the list for a Marantz PMD-300CD Cassette deck and when that ship comes in if it’s loaded with pork I’m going Kosher.

      And I am Cashew* so the guilt is beyond strong in this one. 😉

      In all ways and for always, be well.



  5. john j kalinowski

    January 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Try an older Shearer horn. They are amazingly wonderful.

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