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Hudson HiFi Opens In Nyack
Dated: March 28 2017
Wait....don't throw that old stereo system out just yet....
With the recent resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records and vintage stereos and turntables, Nyack resident and electronics genius, Jason Weiss has responded to the growing demand and opened up Hudson HiFi....a new custom audio shop that specializes in building, restoration, repairing and sales of old stereos, speakers, amps, keyboards, and turntables. "The older the better" Jason says. He subscribes to the widely held belief that much of the older equipment from the 60's and 70's was built better than many of today's "disposable" products.
Jason and his partner, Ely Liberov, are capitalizing on the vinyl renaissance and the new demand for experts who can customize a home audio system for your specific space. Whether you are a true audiophile that wants a super high end sound system or someone who just wants a record player that works so you can play those old LP's you have stored away, Hudson HiFi is a great place to start.
As a natural born tinkerer, Jason was always messing around with electronic gadgets as a kid. More recently he turned his hobby into a side business. As the "go-to" repair guy for Amy and Jennifer at Kiam Records in Nyack, Jason has been restoring turntables and resurrecting vintage receivers for many of Kiam's clients. However, they recently agreed that Jason should open up his own shop down the street so that Kiam Records can focus on selling records and not get in the way of that part of the business. So Jason recently took a small space at the Main Street Commons in Nyack and now has his own creative workshop and cozy display area. I recently stopped by to check him out ...he played a few jazz records for me so that I can hear his vintage Pioneer speakers and early 60's Dynakit tube amp.....Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto never sounded better.
You may have noticed that there is a global revival happening in the music industry. From Millennials to Baby Boomers, people are re-discovering the analog sound of vinyl. Record sales are at a 28 year high around the world. In fact, for the first time, vinyl sales have surpassed streaming sales. Fueled initially by hipsters who wanted to differentiate their musical listening and get into that old school sound of hisses and pops. And Record Store day ...which is basically a holiday for independent record stores to get people through their doors to pick up new releases and limited editions. It's a combination of nostalgia, romance, art, higher quality demands, and just having something tangible to hold, feel, read, and collect. Although each person may have his or her own specific reasons for getting into (back into) vinyl, there seems to be one thing they all can agree on.....they love the sound. For too long music has been something that is up in the clouds....or on some tiny gadget or mp3 player. Yes it's incredibly convenient to walk around with millions of songs at your fingertips, however, at the end of the day, what do you have to show for it? When is the last time you actually sat down and listened to a song? I mean really listened? I'm sure it's been decades for some of us.
Once you hear a real sound system "again", trust me....you will be blown away by how amazing it sounds...and how it makes you feel. We have gotten so used to the convenience of streaming music and compressed mp3 files that we forgot how music was originally intended to be heard. For many of us, it's been reduced to something that's just playing in the background while we check our emails, scroll through Facebook, and multi-task at work. I'm guilty of it as well. As a culture, we have become more interested in the concept of having every song at our fingertips that we compromised our audio standards. You may not realize it but most streaming services like Spotify and Pandora compress music down so that it can be streamed with minimal bandwidth. And by doing this, they strip music of it's dynamic tonal range. We have traded in quality for convenience. Listening through our ear buds and having 10,000 songs on our phones has become more important than having one real record playing on a real sound system.
It does take some discipline and patience to actually stop what you're doing, sit down and just listen to a record (but that's the point)...most of us don't have time for that anymore. However, once you have a real audio system set up with good speakers and a quality turntable and amplifier, and a great sounding vinyl LP, you will truly understand...and you'll remember how awesome music used to sound. I have recently set up a decent system and have been playing some vintage jazz, early R&B, classic funk and disco LP's...and let me tell you.....I am hooked. It really is amazing when you think about it.....a diamond tipped stylus scrapes along microscopic grooves on a plastic disc that was cut in some plant decades ago and through some kind of electronic magic, out comes the most rich, warm and full music you've ever heard. I still don't understand how these tiny changes in the grooves create such accurate sound.
Jason is now helping me upgrade my system, and with his expertise, I'll soon have an even better sound experience. A musical experience where you feel everything....from the deep bass, the punchy mids, to the crystal clear highs. Jason can help you by either repairing your old system, or by guiding you towards purchasing the best new or vintage equipment for your needs. He's an easy going guy and really listens to your needs.
So dust off those old records and break out that turntable.... find a nice comfortable seat....break out the album cover and really look at the art...appreciate the photos and the liner notes......and once you get a taste.....you'll fall in love with music all over again.
Hudson HiFi is located in the newly renovated Main Street Commons at 142 Main Street in Nyack (Formerly the Franklin Antiques mall). Jason is there on Saturdays from 11am-5pm for now and by appointment. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell at 845-535-1297. He also sells his equipment on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Hi-Fi/pages/14054992011) and his website (https://www.hudsonhifi.com/).
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