Two Turntables and a Microphone

Okay Okay, it’s three turntables and no microphone.

Apparently the vinyl LP is making a renaissance. But anyone who never gave up on vinyl knows the truth – the LP never died and vinyl has always been better. In its essence, music is analogue – digital formats must chop music into bits to transmit them but once chopped they can never be reassembled back to their original sound. With this in mind, maybe it’s time to re-invest in your music men. It will impress the ladies and the lady men alike. 

I could easily recommend the SME 30/12 but at $30,000 it’s a bit steep even for my blood. So here are my picks that deliver on great sound and great design and won’t break the bank (in order of most expensive to most affordable).


Pro-ject Signature 12 is a non-compromise high end turntable – read expensive. This baby is like a high end sports car but will only set you back about 10k.



Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit. This one is easily my pick, mid range but with amazing sound. The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford. The new Debut lives up to the original and improves upon it.  A great choice, and besides how could you pass up this one on design alone.  $650



Pro-ject Elemental Phono USB.  This model is almost idiot proof. This shit is plug and play with high quality sound.  $350


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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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