The Entry Level #13 SM's 15 Favorite Records of 2011

Sidebar 1: SM's 15 Favorite Records of 2011

(In descending order of preference)

Gang Gang Dance: Mirror Eye (LP, 4AD CAD 3107)
Wild Beasts: Smother (LP, Domino DNO297)
Radiohead: The King of Limbs (LP, Ticker Tape Ltd. TICK001LP)
Zomby: Dedication (LP, 4AD CAD 3119)
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto: Summvs (CD, Raster-Noton R-N 132)
Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (LP, Sub Pop SP895)
Fucked Up: David Comes to Life (LP, Matador OLE-952-1)
Thundercat: The Golden Age of Apocalypse (LP, Brainfeeder BF023)
Amon Tobin: ISAM (LP, Ninja Tune LC-12885)
Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (LP, True Panther Sounds TRUE-035-1)
HTRK: Work (Work, Work) (LP, Ghostly International GI-144)
Colin Stetson: New History Warfare, Vol.2: Judges (LP, Constellation CST075-1)
James Blake: James Blake (LP, Polydor B0015443-01)
Leyland Kirby: Eager to Tear Apart the Stars (LP, History Always Favors the Winners HAFTW010-LP)
Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years (LP, Matador OLE-921)

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pulleyking's picture

I couldn't agree with you more that more people should be welcomed to the audio hobby
Great music and the spirit of companionship and community it brings is something that should be experienced by everyone.... and hey, its good for the economy right?

On a side note, how would you compare the NAD C 316BEE with the Marantz PM5003 (or its successor the PM5004) that was reviewed by Robert Reina.

ack's picture

Very cool comparison between CD players.   I agree to a letter with more of your impressions.   It does sound have a laid back effortless sound to it.  

Only problem I ever have with my PS1 is that it takes my Playstation a couple of tries before it decides it will go ahead and play a disc sometimes.   Art Dudley's fix of the reset sometimes work sometimes I just have to take the disc out and put it back on or open and close the lid a few times before it works.  I hope I do not have to go on another Craigslist hunt for another soon. 

Considering how many props everyone else has given the Marantz it would be interesting to read your impressions of the thing as pulleyking noted.