Future Tense: The Magic of Vinyl



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I agree vinyl was great, but it was the technology of a time; it is not a great technology but it got the music to the people.  The fact that there are a lot of old people who grew up with vinyl still hanging around is the only reason vinyl is still hanging around at all.  Once all you fogies kick off, we will be able to retire the vinyl for good.



nobody disputes that digital music sounds as good as most record players ever did. not i or anyone i know.

however when you have a true audiofile system centered around a truly wonderful turntable with tonearm and cart. to match that is a whole different situation. (a decent turntable, tonearm,cart., and pre-preamp, used, is gonna set you back minimum $2k and that is entry lvl)

once you reach that lvl with your audio system and all electonics are of the same lvl and matched, no one and i mean no one questions how superior vinyl is to digital.

if you have never been there you just do not have a clue



Of Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds.

I bought it in the early 80's, used it once to record it to tape, and it's never been out of the sleeve since.  It is in mint condition minus some understandable wear on the outer plastic sleeve.

These MasterSound pressings were done at 1/2 speed and sound simply wunerful :)

I see prices for this one album at around $175 online.  Since I'll never be able to play it again, looks like it's headed for Craigs List!



Sounds like too much work for me.



The sound of an analog recording done right, wether it was cut with a regular lathe or DMM process had a richness that digital at its current state cannot reproduce. Is digital clean ? yes it is... Can it last many generations without degridation ? pending on the equipment you use and if there is any compression involved ... yes.... Is it rich and full ? not at 44.1k or 48k 88 and 96k Sure,,, but seriously where can you find a recording of Nora Jones done at 96k ? unless you own the record company and you were the engineer of the session SURE! All this to say: I miss the analog days .. MP3s ( if you run them through an analyzer. ) is only good up to about 17k ... then it drops off ... like a brick !!! Vinyl had atleast a slope that drifted off into the noise floor .. Just saying ... listen to the OLD technology right before you hail digital as the holy graile ... because it isnt! But it has potential!



It's not nostalgia bias.  

A good vinyl record is an analog pressing of an analog recording.  That means it is the truest approximation of actually hearing the actual live sound waves of whatever was recorded.  While I might have 24 bit 96k remasters of some Beatles albums, nothing ever sounded better than my dad's vinyl through a vacuum tube amp.  Yes, the new formats are great and clean but as has been stated a million times before, the warmth is missing.

As someone who embraces all kinds of brand-spanking-new technologies, I don't think I have nostalgia bias.  I have preferences.



 There is a heck of a lot more magic in a quantum double slit experiment than in a vinyl record. I have the sedimentality of a brick, so the method is way less important than the result. The result of the "magic" of records is to listen to the music, period. If the means is contantly in flux, prone to errors or contamination, and wears quickly, that is not magic, that is poor engineering. Face it, records were a stop gap, crappy method of getting music to the masses.

  I worked on $15,000 diswasher sized hard drives that had 10MB removable platters, a voice coil the diameter of a saucer plate, and HEPA filters to keep the dust down. Aligning and cleaning the heads was a two hour operation with the possibility of crashing all of the customers data. Do I miss the whine of the drive spinning up, the tick of the heads aligning to the servo? Hell no!

Goodbye and good riddance.

PS. One interesting thing I read was that Edison's early waxed cylinder/cone recorders could have been created as far back as the Egyptians. That would have been something...



Vinyls are no more magical than any other technology.

Consider optical discs (CDs, DVDs, LDs, BDs).  You take a piece of pressed plastic, spin it really fast, shine a light on it and PRESTO! you get data, audio and/or video.  Magic!




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