Larry Archibald presents Liza Austin with a K101-FM shopping-spree certificate at HI-FI '97. Ryan Seacrest makes an appearance. Photo by Natalie Brown-Baca.
I've been reading your column for about a year now and I've always thought you were full of shit!" an attendee cheerfully volunteered at the conclusion of the "Vinyl in the '90s" seminar I hosted at HI-FI '97. So it's that kind of gathering, I thought to myself, remembering how the hour had commenced with an audience member accusing panelist Steve Hoffman of messing with the master tape of Nat King Cole's Love is the Thing for DCC Compact Classics' superb-sounding vinyl and gold CD reissues.
"But at this Show I got to hear records for the first time," the young reader continued, "and you're right! Records do sound better than CDsmuch better! Now I have to get a turntable and start buying records! What should I buy?"
"Well, how much can you spend?," I asked.
"Cost is no object."
"Well then, call Andy Payor at Rockport Technologies and order yourself a Sirius III record player for $53,000."
"Cost is an object!" he shot back faster than you could say "second mortgage."
"Well then, you've got a hotel's worth of choices and a day and a half to make up your mind," I told him. "Check out the VPI TNT Mk.3, the Basis 2000 series, the Immedia RPM-2, the Oracle Delphi, and the others that are hereI can't tell you what to buy."