Almost on a whim, I've started getting into vinyl records. I've been tempted by them over the last few years, between my parents' huge collection of 60s records at their home, seeing them on sale at concerts more and more recently, and wanting to listen to some vintage jazz albums that I've found in record stores. But the other week there was a vinyl record sale on at my local cafe and I snagged some Neil Young, Hendrix and Rolling Stones for a pretty good price. So now I'm in the process of finding the right turntable and stereo set-up. I was in a stereo store today and they fired up a demo system for another customer (who was looking to spend way more money than me) and it just sounded incredible, and I'm super excited to start listening on a system better than what I have right now at home, which is either streaming music through my laptop, or using my TV hooked up to my Playstation with the few CDs I own burned onto it. It's funny how audiophilia has been in the news more and more lately. There's been a huge resurgence in vinyl over the last decade, and with Neil Young releasing his supposedly hi-fi Pono music player. Which I find rather funny from Neil Young - there's a great documentary/concert of his on Netflix where he says that he does his listening in the car, and he doesn't care if he's listening to a tiny speaker, he knows if he likes a song or not when he's driving. I like that attitude, but then, he's also come out and shit all over modern vinyl releases because supposedly they're all just re-prints of the CD master. And while I do appreciate the listening experience of good sound quality and a proper stereo set-up, I don't think I could ever become one of those guys who insists on spending at least $10,000 on a system to properly hear music (mostly because I'm way too cheap). At the end of the day, music is an art form, and you wouldn't pick up a novel only to sit around and discuss the feel of the book in your hand, the thickness of the paper, and the aesthetics of the typeface - it's about the music and songwriting, and you should still be able to appreciate the artistry of a well-written song even if listening conditions are kind of shitty. I do most of my music listening in the car. I have a Sirius satellite subscription which is great because it lets me discover new bands, and makes long drives much more convenient because there's no need to channel surf as I pass through different towns and cities. Not to mention, the lack of commericals - if Dante were to re-write his Divine Comedy, listening to radio commercials would, I'm sure, be featured in one of the circles of hell. Focus: How do you listen to music - in the car, at the gym? How do you discover new music? Is it something that you just use as a distraction or entertainment, or is music something very important to you as a form of art? Alt-focus: Stereo set-ups. Do you have wireless speakers set up to a network in your home? Do you insist on only the finest gear? Or do you just use earbuds and your iPhone?