The reason behind my collection

My most favourite album EVER

Some of my collection

First of all, I get several queries on why I spend money on records. There are thousands of sites which offer free downloads; hell, we can all even get it off Youtube without paying a single dime. Well here’s a simple answer: As a person who loves music, I really want the best quality. iPods don’t play FLAC files and it’s really frustrating because MP3 quality really sucks. Buying those expensive Beats headphones and whatnot won’t make a difference, trust me. 

After hours of researching and asking around, I’ve decided that the best solution for my problem is to buy my own record player - which happened to be the one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Here are a few reasons why I fell in love with records:
  • Natural sound quality: There is a lot of debate as to why records sound the way they do, and why so many people prefer the warm, natural sound of vinyl to CD and digital sources, especially when CD has more impressive technical specifications.  Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter to me.  I prefer it and for a majority of audiophiles it is not even a matter of debate- vinyl offers the best sound quality.
  • Wide variety of music available very inexpensively:  Once you have your turntable the fun really starts!  You will find it fun, easy and inexpensive (unless you dig the rare ones, it will cost you heaps..beyond heaps) to start collecting and expand your musical tastes.  There has been a tremendous amount of music issued on vinyl over the past 60 years and you can pick up records in many different stores from music specialists to thrift shops.
  • Album art and liners: With a vinyl LP you get a nice-sized album cover that really lets you appreciate the art.  It’s beautiful to look at and easy to read.  Compare the LP to the CD and iPod above.  The iPod looks puny as it is, then consider the art is a tiny part of the display!  You will also often find your LPs include album liners with lyrics, ads for other records, and sometimes you find a poster too.  
If you’ve never played a record before, I do suggest that you ask your grandparents if they still have theirs and try it (just make sure that the needle is still in good condition or else it will damage your record and it won’t sound good

Don’t be silly, it’s not a CD player, it’s a record player so play it fucking loud. You will notice the big difference between the sound of your iPod and the record player. That’s the part when you choose whether to listen to the “good” quality or the “better” one.

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  1. It's great that you have a huge collection of vinyl records. Looks vintage and at least we all know it's original unlike CD's right now which can be pirated. :) I'd love to have my own as well but I don't think I'll be able to take good care of it like you do ;)

  2. There is something so nostalgic about record players. I think you hit the nail on the head when you described the sound as "warm."

  3. I'm with you on all of it! I'd add the process of listening to a record is really unique, too... While it's not impossible, it's more difficult to just pick a track to listen to so you're going to be more inclined to listen to a side than to isolate a song off of it. The whole process of having to get up and flip it over to listen to the second half.... Love it!

  4. I remember the days when I still get to listen to a record. My grandparents had great selections of vinyl records and until now my dad still keep them. Too bad the record player won't work anymore. Would have loved to try to play the old records. I couldn't agree more with the quality of the records compared to cds and mp3s. You'd know the difference when you hear one.

  5. Oh gosh I remember those vinyl record days. I miss those days because life was so much simpler back then.

  6. My current number of vinyl records is zero (I do envy you) and yet I think I'm in love with them. There's something really cool about them every time I see it or hear it play (rarely), that when I become rich I'd love to collect them as well. Back then, I thought I could not find anymore of this things because I thought it's a thing of the past much like VHS tapes ans so I was really surprised to see that they even have records of contemporary music.

    Anyway, I love your blog so much! :) Keep it up! :)