Shop Talk

EVENT PREVIEW: Planet of Sound offers turntable tune-ups and audio appreciation

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Planet of Sound has long been a mecca for audiophiles and others looking for the best stereo equipment. The Old Ottawa South store sells new and used speakers, turntables, and home theatre products, as well as the cables and converters to bring it all together.

But more recently, the shop has started to host events — and more openly advertise the services on offer. (From home setups to music conversion, their services can save you time and money. Check out the list here.)

And the events are bound to attract new customers to this chic shop. On Saturday, August 18, Planet of Sound is hosting a turntable clinic — basically an opportunity to get people listening to their old turntables again. Experienced staff test them out to make sure everything’s working and optimize the cartridge in order to prevent damage to records. Best of all, it’s done free of charge, while you wait.

Jazz fans out there will be excited to hear about the new Jazz Appreciation series, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month (this month, August 26). Music experts from the store choose a classic track — they really love 1960s Blue Note and Impulse recordings — and spin it in their top end system for a sound that most people have never heard before.

While they like to keep the track as a surprise, it’s likely to be one of the masterpieces from the ’60s — we’re talking about classics like John Coltrane’s “Blue Train,” Art Blakey’s “Moanin’,” and Cannonball Adderley’s “Somethin’ Else.”

We’re told that hearing these records this way is like seeing the Mona Lisa in person.

The event is free — buying a system like the one the store uses for this event will cost you about $25,000. (Components include Harbeth SHL5, $5,299; Audio Research LS17 Preamp $4,000; Audio Research VS115 Power Amp $6,599; Kuzma Stabi S Turntable $3,299; Whest PS30R Phonostage $3,499.)

Watch the store’s website this fall for details about an off-site Pink Floyd event that will reveal how amazing an album like Dark Side of the Moon can sound with the right equipment.

And watch our Facebook page to find out how you can win a pair of Philips Fidelio AD7700 Wireless Speakers from Planet of Sound!

Planet of Sound. 1194 Bank St. 613-731-4434. www.planetofsoundonline.com