Peter Hahn of Turntable Lab
A NYC Hi-Fi Shop Owner Shares His At-Home Setup
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When the owners of record stores and hi-fi shops go home at the end of the day, what kinds of hi-fi systems are they going home to? And what kind of records are they playing? That’s exactly what we set out to find out. Peter Hahn is the co-owner of the Turntable Lab, a New York-based go-to music shop for professional DJs, musicians and audiophiles. Here, he talks home hi-fi systems, his first turntable and what his favorite records to listen to are.
The Hi-Fi Setup
Audio System: Revo Supersystem, $600+
Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2, $550+
Integrated Amplifier: NAD C316BEE V2, $449
Cables: Kimber Kable 4TC, $285
Speakers: Dali Zensor, $349
What kind of hi-fi setup do you have at home?
I have two setups because I prefer to keep my analog setup separate from my streaming setup. I have a Revo Supersystem for internet radio, FM radio and Spotify connect. For my analog setup, I have a Technics SL-1200MK2 fitted with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge. I run that through a NAD C316BEE V2 integrated amplifier with Kimber Kable 4TC cables and Dali Zensor speakers.
I’ve had the 1200 for over 20 years since I DJ’ed in college. Everything else has been added in the last year. My analog setup isn’t the most expensive, but I chose everything for the purity of the components – from the 2M Blue’s nude diamond stylus to the all-analog circuitry of the Nad amp to the gorgeous USA-made Kimber Kables.
As for the Revo, it allows you to access internet radio streams through a traditional button interface. I like being able to listen to KTUH (Honolulu) by pushing one button. I also hate Bluetooth or being forced to use a third party WIFI app, so the Spotify Connect is key. The Supersystem is a hefty piece of gear, very heavy and gets loud.
What was your first turntable?
My first turntable was a Pioneer PL that I co-opted from my parent’s rack system. I still have it at home. That thing was built like a tank.
What’s your “grail” turntable (or system) if the price were no object?
A customized Linn Sondek or Clearaudio Concept with moving coil cartridge.
Aphex Twin, Selected Ambient Works
The Cure, Disintegration
Voxtrot, Raised By Wolves
John Coltrane, Love Supreme
Bob Marley and The Wailers, Soul Revolution
What are your favorite 5 records to listen to and why?
1. Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works: I could listen to this all the time, reminds me of high school. an album that truly sounds better on vinyl.
2. The Cure, Disintegration: For moody days, love the order of the songs.
3. Voxtrot, Raised By Wolves: I don’t own the vinyl, but I’ve listened to “The Start Of Something” over 200 times this year.
4. John Coltrane, Love Supreme: This is my favorite jazz rec of all-time. It ascends time and place.
5. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Soul Revolution: Lee Perry era Wailers is magical.