While vinyl has been making a comeback in the past few years, there is no denying that the future of mainstream music is digital (analog lovers, feel free to groan here). Pioneer has released a couple of excellent, DJ friendly CDJ digital multiplayers that allow you to manipulate digital music in much the same way you would work with analog music.
Choosing DJ equipment can make your head spin. One minute you hear the industry standard Technics 1200 turntable is history, and the next that vinyl is soaring. Just deciding what kind of media to use can be confusing. Records get replaced by CDs, which are superseded by laptops, which are outmoded by memory sticks, which get replaced by vinyl! DJs play music from their phones. The world has officially gone nuts.
In the age of the digital music download and the pervasive presence of tiny portable MP3 players and earphones as the listening method of choice, Howard Bardach enjoys a unique position as both a proponent and purveyor of the true audiophile tradition among music enthusiasts. The man loves his work, and his enthusiasm for the sound quality and musicality of classic analog gear and recordings borders on the evangelical.