Nothing compares to the magical feel of actually holding a vinyl record in the hands. There is nothing like it. The touch and feel of vinyl, the cover, the sleeve notes – it’s a unique package created by master engineers and craftsmen. There is nothing like the closeness and warmth that these phonographs deliver. There is an intangible connection and personal involvement when one buys a phonograph in the local music store. This connection extends to listening too.
The warm mahogany-rich sound, the crackle, and hiss of an LP is magic to the ears and gives a sense of personal involvement absent in the crystal clear 0-1 digital formats of CDs. There is a “timeless” quality about playing a vinyl record on one’s turntable and to an audiophile purist, this intimacy is for posterity. To many, music does sound better in the analog medium of vinyl than the digital and “encoded” music.
The Vinyl Resurgence
Vinyl records are suddenly enjoying an unexpected resurgence in popularity. In the market, turntables are outstripping CD players as the most used sources and the vinyl culture is once again alive and kicking. Sony Music, one of the biggest global record companies will start its production of vinyl records once again after it stopped production in 1989.
The vinyl appeal
So what is that makes vinyl so appealing to music lovers? Firstly, it’s the knock-out looks of turntables and the record itself. There’s a magical beauty associated with the way turntables are designed. Secondly, most importantly, it’s the sound. The difference in the sound quality is just enormous. It’s a fact that music sounds more vivid and “real” with vinyl records. There’s a natural quality about it unlike the almost mechanical sound of the digital format. The experience is real and total.