SAM KLING, Senior VP, SESAC // LYNN FAINCHTEIN, Music Producer/Supervisor
The Setup: Both Kling and Fainchtein rely on discontinued models by Technics. “I bought my Technics 1200 back in 1985 when I was a teenager, before I had status,” says Kling. “It’s always a reliable brand,” adds Fainchtein, who is known for her work on such films as Birdman and The Revenant.
LP He Wishes He Owned: “Beastie Boys‘ Cooky Puss hand-written white-label 12-inch that disappeared along with a few other rare 12-inch records in the late ’80s.”
LP She Treasures Most: “The Beatles‘ Decca audition tapes; Pete Best was still in the band, and any time I get a new turntable, it’s the first record I play. I also still own complete recordings from Broadway plays like Macbeth with Liv Ullmann. My grandmother loved these theater recordings.”
Above Model: Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1200GAE, $4,000; go to technics.com for U.S. dealers.
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STEVE BARTELS, CEO, Def Jam Recordings
The Setup: “My Kuzma has a ‘Reference Stogi Tonearm’ and is powered by an ASR Basis Exclusive Phono equalizer that allows power to come from batteries so it has no noise floor from the current.”
Speakers He Swears By: “Legacy Audio Focus. They only project what gets given to them: pure sound.”
Above Model: Stabi Ref 2 with Stogi Ref Tonearm, $14,170; 323-466-9694, ext. 22.
KIRK SOMMER, Partner, WME
The Setup: “I use the Oracle Audio Delphi MK VI, which was a gift from a client. I was told it was made by people very dedicated to their craft.”
LP He Treasures Most: “With The Beatles. My father-in-law found it at a flea market, and it complemented a signed Robert Freeman photograph.”
Above Model Delphi MK VI turntable, $14,000; oracle-audio.com.
This article was originally published in the April 16 issue of Billboard.