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    I have to add one other thing to this thread and it is that I am thankful for the resurgence of LPs for the simple fact that the price of used CDs has dropped considerably. At least here locally. Just a couple of years back the used store sold CDs for $10.00 to $12.00 and most LPs were $5.00 to $10.00. Now the price of used cds are $5.00 to $7.00 and the price of used records is $10.00 to $20.00. So I say to all you vinyl freaks out there to please keep buying vinyl so I can get my music for half of what you're paying and with superior sound!

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    Last edited by Kevin Pearson; Feb-04-2016 at 06:45. Reason: typo

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    I have many of these same memories described above, but the turmoil attending the vinyl format is allayed somewhat by nostalgia. I have a belt driven turntable with a linear tracking tonearm, so matters of distortion and rumble are minimised. The care of records (cleaning with purified water, using carbon fibre brushes, ect.) are a part of the ritual of music listening. True, there are times that all I want to do is pop in a CD and listen, but at other, slower times, particularly at night, I find that putting on a LP that shares a history with me to be true bliss. It acts as a trigger that sparks memory. For me, some CDs also do this, but not in the same way. The hisses, scratches, pops and other audio artefacts are essential, and remind me of earlier days. But then this opinion is by someone with Antiquarian moniker, so what do you expect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antiquarian View Post
    I have many of these same memories described above, but the turmoil attending the vinyl format is allayed somewhat by nostalgia. I have a belt driven turntable with a linear tracking tonearm, so matters of distortion and rumble are minimised. The care of records (cleaning with purified water, using carbon fibre brushes, ect.) are a part of the ritual of music listening. True, there are times that all I want to do is pop in a CD and listen, but at other, slower times, particularly at night, I find that putting on a LP that shares a history with me to be true bliss. It acts as a trigger that sparks memory. For me, some CDs also do this, but not in the same way. The hisses, scratches, pops and other audio artefacts are essential, and remind me of earlier days. But then this opinion is by someone with Antiquarian moniker, so what do you expect?
    Good one you, I am not a Antiquarian but I do love vinyl too
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    What about the old 45 RPM singles? I have a couple handfulls of those laying around. They had a big center hole (more than an inch) and you had to put a plastic adapter into the hole in order to put them on the spindle of your record player (or use a cheap player that had a fat spindle that fit over the thin one to accomodate 45s). The album was called an LP because it was "Long Playing" vs the singles which were one song, and I think limited to about 3 minutes maximum.

    The only thing I don't like about CDs is that everyone calls them CDs. But really they are albums as much as the vinyl LPs were.
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    I hate LPs and have nothing but bad memories of LPs, turntables, etc. But why do I keep looking at turntables on Amazon and Ebay? A puzzle...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    What about the old 45 RPM singles? I have a couple handfulls of those laying around. They had a big center hole (more than an inch) and you had to put a plastic adapter into the hole in order to put them on the spindle of your record player (or use a cheap player that had a fat spindle that fit over the thin one to accomodate 45s). The album was called an LP because it was "Long Playing" vs the singles which were one song, and I think limited to about 3 minutes maximum.
    I have around half a dozen and buy a few for the cover designers only (Bjørn Wiinblad, Jens Nordsø so far), but their limited time and sound quality - they are usually worn, since there´s no inner cover - plus the fact that the material can normally be found on LPs too - practically disqualify them for any hearing.

    They can last more than 3 mins on each side though, this was promoted as "extended play".
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I hate LPs and have nothing but bad memories of LPs, turntables, etc. But why do I keep looking at turntables on Amazon and Ebay? A puzzle...
    Buy one of those turntables from Amazon and you'll have even more bad memories...

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    I recently pulled out my turntable and bought some decent speakers and I was quite surprised by how good and different LP's sound compared to CD's. And you can definitely make a case for them based on the amount of music still unavailable on CD that is well worth listening to. As for noise, if it is the case that the LP was never issued on CD and you want a digital copy, you can use an editing program like audacity to substantially reduce the noise not only through audacity's effects, but you can stretch the wave form to be able to remove microsecond pops and such. I've recorded and cleaned up a few exceptional lps with excellent results.

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    For me it is a matter of time and space. If I had the time and space, I would pull out the old system, get a new cartridge for the turntable and give it a whirl. But I don't. So CDs make life easy for me. Maybe when I retire. But it would be for old-time's sake and I would still primarily work with CDs and MP3 files from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Pearson View Post
    I have to add one other thing to this thread and it is that I am thankful for the resurgence of LPs for the simple fact that the price of used CDs has dropped considerably. At least here locally. Just a couple of years back the used store sold CDs for $10.00 to $12.00 and most LPs were $5.00 to $10.00. Now the price of used cds are $5.00 to $7.00 and the price of used records is $10.00 to $20.00. So I say to all you vinyl freaks out there to please keep buying vinyl so I can get my music for half of what you're paying and with superior sound!

    Kevin
    Well said. A similar happening has occurred in the video ranks regarding DVD and Blu-ray, and should only improve with 4K "must haves". DVD is plenty good for most movies, and can usually be had for a pittance compared to their newer brethren, especially if you don't mind "like new" at Amazon Marketplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Pearson View Post
    I'm with you Ken! I don't get the fascination with vinyl and you are right they are "records". I hate the expression vinyl. Cds are my choice and I no longer even own any records or a turntable. Gave all the records to the local goodwill and gave my next door neighbor my turntable. I have no desire to return to records just to have a larger version of the artwork. Not to mention we can store a whole lot more music in the same amount of space as records. I'm happy not to have the snap, crackle and pop while I listen to music thank you very much!

    Kevin
    And if I don't even like cereal doing that, wha' would make one think that I like listening through that kinda stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badinerie View Post
    I have lots of memories of 'vinyl':

    having to buy inner sleeves
    Not always necessary

    the huge footprint of a sizeable collection and the problems of placement in the home

    Move the Children out.

    the crackling and static after only a couple of plays
    Take it out of the sleeve first.


    everpresent dust, no matter how meticulous one was, and fingerprints
    Dust your room occasionally.

    the various solutions and cloths and gear to try to reduce the former
    Ditto

    the warping
    Use only Impulse drive turntables.

    the scratches and skips
    They're properly referred to as "Analog Pinholes"


    the constant returning and exchanging, due to defective recordings
    Were you ever rude to the sales staff?

    the short life of the product, despite fastidious care

    Use only Slowstidious (TM) care products.

    the dull and scuffed shelf-worn covers
    Take it out of the sleeve first.

    the sheer weight of hauling around a small selection for play
    Never lend your records out and only borrow your friends records that you hate, so they cant play them while your at their house!


    the various needles—ceramic and magnetic, was it?—and the need for a preamplifier with one type, but not the other
    Yeah , but you get to talk about using needles in public in a loud voice...

    the need to adjust the weight of the counterbalance correctly, so as not to grind down the vinyl too quickly
    Oops! was that your lp I borrowed?


    the difference between fine European vinyl and the crude North American vinyl and the astronomical difference in price (I had loads of European records and frequented the specialty shops for them)
    Same sales staff?

    Standing in line for the latest release.


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    I have quite a large vinyl collection, along with CD's and a quickly growing collection of hi-res and DSD files.

    Clicks and pops are not a problem on the vast majority of said collection, due to a modicum of care, and being played on good quality equipment.

    While CD's do quite a few things measurably better than vinyl, there is one thing that they are inferior in doing. And that is producing a wide, deep soundstage, and a more 3d image. CD's tend to flatten the images of musicians, and truncate the soundstage.

    I have original vinyl and CD reissues of quite a few recordings on different labels, and this is pretty universal.

    Hi-res PCM files solve some of the above problems, but not all. Double and quad rate DSD solve them all (besides the huge HD space they require).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Pearson View Post
    I have to add one other thing to this thread and it is that I am thankful for the resurgence of LPs for the simple fact that the price of used CDs has dropped considerably. At least here locally. Just a couple of years back the used store sold CDs for $10.00 to $12.00 and most LPs were $5.00 to $10.00. Now the price of used cds are $5.00 to $7.00 and the price of used records is $10.00 to $20.00. So I say to all you vinyl freaks out there to please keep buying vinyl so I can get my music for half of what you're paying and with superior sound!

    Kevin
    CD prices aren't dropping due to the vinyl resurgence.

    They are dropping because of streaming and downloads. Full stop.
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