Your year in HiFi and Music – 2012
Well, what has happened in the year for you? What were your most important discoveries, observations? What do you remember from the year? New artists/performances/publications impressed you? New products you think are significant? New gear you bought?
Looking back at the year 2012 in Music and HiFi, what are you thinking about?
For me –
I listen to music more than ever and I probably bought 150 quid worth of new music – this was only 2 or 3 complete albums, the rest were individual tracks and most of the purchases were from iTunes. I watched a lot of live concerts on blu-ray and have been following Later on BBC HD. I have been to a dozen or so of live music performances. I got a membership in a Jazz Club – but unfortunately did not use it enough!! Definitely need to improve on that in 2013!
Artists? The significant artist I discovered in 2012 and will be taking with me into the future is Melody Gardot.
In 2012 I stopped buying hi-rez music as I completely lost interest in it – for three reasons – lack of choice, lack of confidence in provenance/quality and lack of difference in sound compared to non hi-rez. So my brief affair with hi-rez is over. Not worth it. (Although I would like iTunes to one day go 16/44 or better)
I stopped my subscriptions to HiFi mags this year. Got tired of uninformative, subjective, meaningless reviews. I also stopped buying HiFi mags. I came to conclusion that it is possible and better to find information on the internet.
I did not buy any hifi gear. Well, apart from an iPad. But I am starting to think about a projector... I also want small active speakers - for the kitchen and bedroom. Maybe next year...
How about you? What were your hifi and music milestones in 2012?