Kaplan's Korner

October 18, 2017

Hello to WyWires; Farewell to Petty

Tom Petty, 2013
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS: Photo by Larry Philpot


Secret Weapon

The WyWires phono cable might be the best component in my stereo and you really can’t see it. It’s like a stealth component in the war on noise. The instant I mounted it on the Ortofon 110 tonearm on the Merrill-Williams REAL 101.2 turntable I heard it. I mean didn’t hear it. I mean I heard music. Not cable. More music. More music than ever. Which is especially thrilling when I’m listening to records that I’ve listened to 100 times already.

(I realize some of you, dear reader, do not have enough time on the planet to listen to this many records that many times. Yet. Those of you, who’s ears are still fresh and young. Enjoy them NOW. While you have them. And listen a lot)

I not only mounted the WyWires phono cable on my reference Merrill Williams REAL 101.2 turntable back in my office but also on my Sota NOVA with a SME IV arm in the living room. Both systems come absolutely alive with that phono cable.

So now we get to the “do cables matter” argument. Are big dollar interconnects a joke or are they for real. Can you hear the difference between this speaker cable and that?

My answer is, yup. I figured that out back in 1969 when I took my Bar Mitzvah money ($500) to Price Club in Van Nuys, California and bought a Soundcraftsman stereo with Lancer speakers. It came with really thin speaker wire that broke. So, I went to the hardware store and bought lamp cord for $1.75. HUGE IMPROVEMENT. Really. Obvious. I don’t have to describe it, I heard it! Even my hippie girlfriend, Nina, heard it.

I’m just saying that you can hear cables and wires. So, listen.

New Old Vinyl

Culture Factory has reissued for the first time on vinyl a trio of great Diana Ross records. Diana Ross Baby Its Me was originally released in 1977 on Motown Records. It is produced by Richard Perry. The reissue is on pink vinyl and yielded the hit song “Getting Ready For Love” which reached #18 on the Billboard hot 100 chart. The second record released by Culture Factory is Diana Ross, The Boss. Originally released in 1979 and produced by Ashford and Simpson it is on bright red vinyl. The title track peaked at #19 on the singles chart and all songs on the record hit number one on the dance charts. The third title in the series is Diana Ross, Diana, originally released in 1980 and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers. Reissued on clear vinyl with all original art. This is Diana’s best-selling solo record and includes the hits Upside Down, I’m Coming Out, and My Old Piano. $1 for every album sold will be donated to the ONEORLANDO Fund by Culture Factory USA, Inc. All records are impeccable with original inner sleeves and art. Nice job once again by Culture Factory.

Freeballing has a video walk through of vinyl guru Michael Fremer’s listening room. As I watched it, my mind was completely BLOWN. Shattered. I experienced a paradigm shift. I noticed on this Stereophile walk thru of Mr. Fremer’s sacred space that, um, Michael Fremer does not put an outer poly sleeve on 90 percent of his record jackets. No condom. What a devil. I remember he told me that he takes care of the record, not so much the cover. But this…. Saving space and weight by not using an outer sleeve at the expense of the cover. It could create a schism in the record collector world. Mind. Blown.

Missing Tom

We all have favorite Tom Petty songs. His songs truly touched so many. Losing his voice, so suddenly, hearts feel broken. Listening to Petty’s music hearts begin healing. The wheel keeps turning. Lubricated by our tears sometimes.



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