I have been an avid music lover and audio enthusiast since I can remember. As a teenager, I was selling from Hi-Fi shops located in Tottenham Court Road, London WC1 brand new product which now appears on this Classic Audio site!
I joined BBC radio as a sound engineer at the age of 20 and haven't looked back for 30 years! I left the Beeb just over five years ago and, with more time on my hands, had time to indulge my hobby. For three years I ran Reddiamondaudio.net which sold beautiful classic audio gear in immaculate condition. I should point out that this site still appears with Goggle search but, although it looks identical to mine, it is cloned. Beware!
How did I get involved with classic audio? After leaving the Beeb, I could no longer afford to pay sky high prices for new gear (if I ever could), let alone the telephone number prices currently being asked for quality new equipment. A rethink and a bit of research led me to buy a 1980’s Sony Espirit E900 pre-amp… an absolutely gorgeous unit in every way, and relatively inexpensive. Such a revelation and relief- I could still afford to listen to music properly and buy dinner. Then along came the chance discovery of one of audio's hidden gems - Sony Biotracer decks. I was now in audio bliss, and still solvent, but only just as I bought six.
I’ve always had a pretty good idea of the good, the bad and the downright hopeless where audio is concerned - after all, my job for over 25 years involved monitoring sound quality. I decided I now wanted to help others enjoy all the wonderful music available without having to re-mortgage their house. Classic equipment time and again rivaled the very best new units currently available, at a fraction of the cost. It would be very misguided to reject anything on the grounds that it is not brand new. It's my opinion the "peak" amplifier and turntable design was reached a couple of decades ago. This includes "Class D" designs which, again in my opinion, are flat, lifeless and lack realism, if howeververy low on distortion.
Don't be concerned about combining a product manufactured decades ago with one designed and bought yesterday. It's unlikely you will encounter a compatibility problem within analogue equipment.
I have chosen to highlight a tiny selection of Classic equipment which I think represent a sample of the best in Classic Audio, and may whet your appetite to explore further. There is a good deal more that I would like to have included, and in time I hope to add to the features. Check out "Profile Classic Audio" from the menu. A few items from my collection are for sale, and these are shown on the "For Sale" pages.
I have also included articles covering various aspects of interest to the audio enthusiast, and these are being added to all the time. I have tried to make the technical features as comprehensible as possible, but do let me know if further clarification is needed.
I have, for now anyway, decided to exclude blogging. I must be absolutely certain that all advice and information available on this site is as accurate, useful and as unbiased as possible. There are numerous other sites with forums on all aspects of audio, so I figured another one wasn’t strictly necessary just now.
Please feel free to contact me on anything contained on the site, or if you need advice on buying audio equipment. The website is still in the initial construction phase, so do check in regularly for any updates.
Thanks for looking. George.