Things you might want to know
One of the nice things about the internet is availability of helpful information and videos. This will be a growing list of sites that can help you learn more about your stereo system, including technical information, maintenance, and system setup. Feel free to contact us with sites you feel should be on this list.
Stereo System Information
The HiFi Engine library has images, specifications and reviews for thousands of audio components, along with free downloads of owners manuals, service manuals, schematics and product catalogs for amplifiers, pre-amps, power amps, tuners, tape decks, cd players, turntables, and more! There are over half a million registered users.
Tuner Information Center (TIC)
Also known as, FM Tuner Info, this is the best place we know of to learn about tuners with a database of over 100 audio brands. You can find shootouts between top tuners, writeups by expert staff contributors, DIY mods, repairs, links and more. These guys have been around since 2001, so they know what they’re talking about.
Dead wax inscriptions
Ever wonder what all those inscribed symbols and initials are in that blank area between the last track and the record label? If you are a vintage hifi nut, you do. These little golden nuggets let you know you are holding a higher quality album release. The Richmond Audio Society had a great post about those cutting engineer dead wax symbols.
Originally created as a hobby project in 2000 by Kevin Lewandowski, Discogs has grown to become a definitive resource for Vinyl and CD recordings. If you want to know which release you have for just about any album on the planet, this is the place to go. They have a Marketplace as well as an App you can use to catalog your music collection.
Hands down the best website to learn about vintage cassette tapes. They even have info on reel-to-reel tape. With a database of 2,669 unique sealed cassettes from 1963 – 2010, they have you covered. The most covered time period is 1970 – 1990. Browse the beautiful pictures of sealed compact cassettes to help you build your wish list.
I am a designer & craftsman passionate about music and vintage audio gear from the late 60's, 70's, and 80's.
My mission is to help you get the most out of your audio system with custom handcrafted products, and informative resources that help you maintain and improve the quality of your HiFi system.
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