August 13, 2012
| by Robert Archer
For some people, buying audio gear can be an addiction. On the surface it sounds like a bad thing, and maybe it is if viewed from a financial perspective, but for anyone who loves music and electronics it’s the beginning of a fun and never-ending chase for perfection.
Catching the audio bug can be fun, even if it does drain a wallet. One of the most fun things about getting into the consumers electronics hobby is the ability to buy a product that experts deem as “value-minded” and upgrading it with a readily-available accessory.
Years ago upgrade accessories fueled many successful companies that either manufactured or sold analog audio products such as tonearms, cartridges, styluses, tonearm cables, record cleaning kits, and cables once Monster invented that category.
The beauty of these accessory upgrades is they allow for incremental improvements as someone’s budget allows. The other benefit is the fun of researching these products and the comparison of product “A” versus product “B” and so on.
Here are five upgrade accessories that range from the old-school world of analog vinyl, to new, tweaky items for the true do-it-yourselfer (DIY’er) electronics enthusiasts.
Looking for more? Here are four tweaks for your surround sound system.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.