Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory
Obviously he plays vinyl.
We all know that soon-to-be-ex-President Obama likes to kick back with a Kendrick Lamar album, but we didn’t think we’d ever get to see his actual home hi-fi setup.
As part of a look into the private world of Obama’s White House, Architectural Digest published a photograph showing his compact sound system. As identified on Reddit, the deck is a $329 Denon DP-300F, described by What Hi-Fi as a “fully automatic turntable with an MM cartridge and a built-in phono stage” connected to what appears to be a set of wireless Bluetooth Kanto YU5s.
There’s also a subwoofer under the desk that could be an Audioengine S8. The whole setup is placed under Alma Thomas’ 1973 painting Sky Light, and that’s a copy of Al Green’s Greatest Hits under the tabletop.
Reassuringly, even POTUS can’t get away with sloppy speaker placement among the audiophile crowd on Reddit, with fenderProcrastinator pointing out: “Who’s going to be the guy to email the president and let him know he shouldn’t have the speakers and subwoofer sitting on the same table as his record player?”
FACT readers have also offered some (damning) critiques of the setup. Brixton’s Container Records urged the President to “up his monitor game,” while Isaac Henry slammed his “weak ass speakers.” (The fact that they are so close together is perhaps more concerning). Here are some more pearls of wisdom from the audiophile crowd. #makestereosgreatagain
@FACTmag Don't put your speakers and turntable on the same piece of furniture, you'll get feedback!
— Tom Waters (@slowboring) November 2, 2016