Seeing as I’m having a bit of a Knob drought, I want to give something back to all my fans. So I’m giving away 2 prizes. 2nd place is an item from the Knob Feel shop (knobfeel.spreadshirt.co.uk). First prize is a pair of AKG K450 Headphones. What do you have to do to win these? I want to see your most unusual Knob Feel photos or videos. This could be a fancy Knob, or even a strange location to feel a Knob. (Anything rude/NSFW will be laughed at then promptly not eligible). Deadline is 30th June. Let your imaginations run wild. All entries to firstname.lastname@example.org please. Winners will be picked by Me. My decision is final. LET THE FEELING OF KNOBS COMMENCE!
Roth DBT001 - Knob Feel Review
Why would you make something look like a Knob when it doesn’t even rotate? Although very plasticy, the channel scrolling Knob is a pretty good Knob Feel. The volume however, for no reason I can imagine, is a clicky left or right abomination. Why? Just use buttons?
sonicsc asked: Not a question, but upon discovering your delightful blog, I was inspired to create the following retro bit of humor: Confucius say "Man who gain pleasure from knob feel, high on pot."
I love it! Very clever!
BOSS GT-6 - Knob Feel Review
Here is a little slice of Knob Gold! It’s true what people have been telling me, the equipment that is made for musical production is a lot better quality than the reproduction equipment. The Knobs on the BOSS GT-6 are beautifully smooth to turn. Zero Axial Skew too. The little Selector Knobs are still smooth but also precise. The spinner is just a little guilty pleasure now. This seems like a genre I might spend a bit of time in until some new HI-FI comes around!
TEAC A-H01 - Knob Feel Review
Teac have the ability to make a lovely Knob, this is a great example! They have this lovely machined signature Knob on their nicer devices. A single piece of what I think is Alumninium, giving it lovely weight. The rotation is fantastic, with zero axial skew. The downsides aren’t huge. With the knob not being perfectly centered into it’s hole. Also the tip of the Knobs is a little sharp. I love this Knob so much, I bought one just from the feel alone. Luckily it sounds pretty good too.
Perreaux Silhouette SXH1 - Knob Feel Review
A little teeny tiny Knob from this awesome manufacturer. Although it is a bit plasticy feeling, the solidity is incredible. No axial skew and a lovely rotation. Quality Feel, from a quality headphone amp.
Ferguson Stereophonic - Antique Knob
Something a bit special here. This is our first Antique Knob Feel! The Ferguson Stereophonic combines a radio, turntable and speakers into a lovely bit of furniture. The Knobs are what I’d expect from a lovingly built Hi-Fi. Axial Skew doesn’t exist. The weight behind the rotation is deliberate and weighty. The on-click feels like I’m providing the power myself! Why can’t people make them like this now? What is stopping manufacturers from this attention to detail?
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Marantz NR1504 - Knob Feel Review
The input selector here has notches that for me aren’t notched enough, we know Marantz can do it because of the Pearl-Lite already reviewed. The volume Knob doesn’t have enough weight behind it. And the icing on the cake of disappointment is the plastic… It feels terrible.
Sony MDS-JE500 - Retro Knob Feel
Why is new Hi-Fi so terrible at Knobs? This MiniDisc player was regarded as semi entry level when released. And the Knobs adorning it’s fascia are significantly better than the majority of modern units I’ve felt. Axial Skew doesn’t exist, and response is solid. I wish they still made them like this!