The Vinyl Appreciation Thread



There has been a few vinyl-related posts and questions scattered across the Forumosa time-space, but perhaps we have enough vinyl appreciators to sustain our own little thread to discuss and share knowledge. Don’t need to be an audiophile to join in on the shinanigans; I definitely am not a high-end hi-fi guy.

Some example ideas for posting this thread:

  • Home audio setups
  • Record collections
  • New purchases
  • Currently-listening-to updates (vinyl only)
  • Cool finds from digs and in stores, especially within Taiwan
  • Information and experiences on retail/online stores
  • General news and information on album releases and gear.
  • Any questions on any of the above

About me: I used to have a small second hand/hand-me-down collection back home with a super basic hifi+headphone setup (both vinyl and CD), but sold/gave away all my physical mediums and switched to digital prior to moving here. Between KKBOX/Spotify/podcasts/YouTube, I have all my personal music requirements covered, but for those Sundays at home, I do miss holding something tangible in my hands, browsing album covers and performing the ritual before popping down on the sofa. So I’m back and am aiming to build a small vinyl (no CDs this time) collection that’s aurally and visually a bit more special. My taste is quite broad but based on other threads, it may be quite different to the average Forumosan :laughing:. I do have a thing for coloured vinyl though, so pretty :heart_eyes:.

Anyhow, I’d love to see your gear and collection, hear about digs and general Taiwan record store experiences.

P.S. Would be awesome if I could tag along with those of you with more local knowledge the next time you go on digs and browsing excursions! That’s one area I have no expertise in here in Taipei.

P.P.S. Here’s a little something I put together while mucking around with DaVinci Resolve 14, uploaded a few days ago. The album came with my turntable and is from Timeless Fusion Party, a local Taiwanese jazz ensemble. I figured if I uploaded something more popular YouTube will DMCA it straight away. And yes, the plate wobble has been addressed :sweat_smile:.


My current setup is simple: Altec Lansing AT-LP5 -> AudioEngine HD3

The LP5 has a built-in phono pre-amp, the HD3s are powered, so it’s a straight RCA connection between the two. The HD3s also have a built in headphone amp that I sometimes use with my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 wireless headphones, obviously using 3.5mm.

THE LP5 has a USB port for ripping into digital formats, not that useful for me personally but is what I used for the YouTube above.


The computer desk looks so much like the Ikea desk that goes up and down, is it that one ?_?


Yup! Except its the ‘normal’ version that doesn’t go up and down :). Well, you can adjust its height, but it’s not the powered standing desk that you’re probably thinking of.


I didn’t know it existed as a “stationary table” as well! When I see it in Ikea I only see the motorized version.
Sorry for the semi-hijacking of the thread, but my 5.1 audio system has nothing to do with vinyls xP


No fuss. It’s the Ikea Bekant, still have the link saved from research:

Quick review: Big and well finished, but as a computer/gaming desk it can be a bit wobbly since it’s only got two legs. I have it right up against the wall with padding to prevent my monitor from wobbling when bashing the keyboard.


Let-Me-Talk-About-An-Album-I-Have™ #1

… Or in this case, a double album.

When ‘Hey Ya’ debuted in the Australian summer of 2004, the blend of Andre 3000’s distinct vocals with a funk/soul track, plus the all famous “shake it like a polaroid picture” hook made it a party banger nationwide. It sat at the top of the ARIA charts (the Aussie version of Billboard) for two weeks, with subsequent single releases of ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Roses’ peaking at number 7 and 2 respectively. Fun fact: the last week ‘Roses’ was in the charts, Maroon 5’s ‘She Will Be Loved’ hit number 1.

Whilst I enjoyed the Outkast singles and had the album via shitty pirated 128kbps mp3’s (standard poor uni student excuse), I didn’t really think too much of the album once the singles slowly drifted off air and away from the mainstream conscious.

It is now one of my favourite albums of the 2000’s, thanks to EA Sports - IT’S IN THE GAME.

I still remember when I first loaded my pirated copy of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (again, poor uni student excuse), the opening title track was a chopped version of ‘The Way You Move’, with ‘GhettoMusick’ also featured within the game. However, it really was Big Boi’s performance in ‘The Way You Move’ plus the catchy horn section that I felt was my trusted caddy as I transitioned from amateur to pro in the game’s career mode.

This nerd pathway has helped me to have continued contact with the entire double album outside the game and is now one of my go-to albums. I felt both albums, whilst very different in their genre-meld, held up their ends of the bargain with the Love Below having more knockout punches and Speakerboxxx being more consistent track to track. Lesser known tracks like ‘Dracula’s Wedding’, ‘Spread’ and the aforementioned ‘GhettoMusick’ are all great and adds to a ~2 hour listening experience that don’t need to be skipped.

A great double album for all and a must for hip hop lovers, on any format.

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below


Let-Me-Talk-About-An-Album-I-Have™ #2

‘Zombie’ hit the airwaves in Australia at the end of ‘94 when I was still a young’un and dominated the charts that summer. Despite its dark undertone and message (written as a tribute to the 1993 IRA bombings that killed two young English lads), it sat at the top of the charts for 7 weeks and remain The Cranberries’ biggest commercial success. Like many others, it was my introduction to the band’s music, but those two delved a bit deeper into ‘Ode To My Family’, or any of their other albums, would realise that ‘Zombie’ was a bit of an outlier musically, and did reflect the style of their music as a whole, and I’m glad for that.

For those that only know The Cranberries from their biggest hit, I would implore you to randomly listen to their catalogue at via the streaming service of your choice to see what the band is really like.

My personal favourite track from the album was its second single released just as ‘Zombie’ began its slide down the charts. Many would say that ‘Ode To My Family’ was a bit more-of-the-same from The Cranberries, but to me, the brighter tones and musical style is what I like about The Cranberries. I really get caught up in the simple melodies backing up the warm yet crisp vocals from Dolores O’Riordan that the band is generally known for. I wouldn’t list ‘Zombie’ as a top 5 track of the album personally despite its critical acclaim.

The perfect album for Taipei’s current gloomy weather forecast with a book in hand, but definitely the vocals stand up with closer scrutiny. Could probably pair well with good/bad 90’s teen sitcoms like Party of Five.

The Cranberries - No Need To Argue