|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.