Jeffrey Lee Puckett

Articles by Jeffrey Lee Puckett

Mixtapes Are the Original Playlists, All Thanks to Lou Ottens

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Lou Ottens enjoyed a life that saw him turn a short temper into a major cultural milestone. Ottens was the Dutch engineer who spearheaded the 1963 invention of the cassette tape and the introduction of a portable cassette recorder/player. The moment of creation came when he got angry at his reel-to-reel recorder for shooting tape […]

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Mixtapes Are the Original Playlists, All Thanks to Lou Ottens

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Lou Ottens enjoyed a life that saw him turn a short temper into a major cultural milestone. Ottens was the Dutch engineer who spearheaded the 1963 invention of the cassette tape and the introduction of a portable cassette recorder/player. The moment of creation came when he got angry at his reel-to-reel recorder for shooting tape […]

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The Importance of Isolation and How to Fix Vibration in Your Turntable Set-Up

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A lot of people dismiss the idea of isolating stereo gear from vibrations with a smirk and two words: snake oil. Those people clearly don’t live in a 100-year-old home with springy wood floors that turn it into a really big bounce house. Maybe they live in a newer home, or more likely in their […]

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The Best Affordable Speakers, Powered and Passive

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Smart people believe that loudspeakers have the most profound impact on the sound of a stereo system. Every link in the chain is important, but if the speakers don’t speak to you, then you won’t listen. The best way to choose a speaker is to audition them, but that isn’t easy to do these days. […]

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The Best Beginner Phono Preamps for Any Budget

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As vinyl rose from the grave like the coolest zombie ever in the early-2000s, there came a wave of affordable new turntables. They were designed for people who had never known anything other than compact discs and MP3s, or for those who had sold their records and turntable at a yard sale for $30 and […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to a Basic Turntable Set-Up

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Several times a month, a familiar question pops up on a Discogs forum: “So, I finally bought a turntable and I have this killer home theater receiver but when I plug the turntable into the back I can barely hear anything. Is my brand new turntable broken?!?!?” Or: “Hey, I got my dad’s old speakers […]

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The Best Albums of 2020

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Here we are with the final installment of Discogs’ year-long look at the albums that you, the community, have told us are the most desirable from the first year of each decade. It all started with 1970, when Led Zeppelin III was the surprise winner, and has continued until this grand finale. We have combed […]

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The Ultimate Fantasy Gift Guide for Record Collectors

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Christmas is all about the power of fantasy and the comfort that comes from a bit of unreality. A fat man in a red suit travels the world in a single night leaving gifts in his wake. There’s a labor camp of elves and a talking reindeer with a red LED nose. But mostly it’s […]

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What Is Half-Speed Mastering and Why Does It Matter?

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One of the more welcome aspects of vinyl’s return to prominence is increased consumer interest in how records are actually made. More than ever, vinyl fans are well-versed about the best pressings of any given album, the finest pressing plants, and even the most trusted engineers. But when a niche product turns into a money-maker, […]

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The Best Beginner Turntables for Any Budget

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There are few things more fun than buying a turntable, but if you’re new to vinyl, the purchase can also come with a lot of questions. Unless you’ve had quite a few years of experience under your belt or you obsessively research turntables just for fun, the list of features, terms, and options can seem […]

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