Friday, June 01, 2012

LP's... What?

Have you noticed the renewed interest of vinyl records? Growing up I remember sitting in my father's bass guitar case as he was practicing along with a record playing. As I got older I have other memories of scouring stand after stand of albums with my dad, to find The One he didn't have. Time passes and new tech is born, CD's, then MP3 players.   
We have chosen physical space over sound quality. We have tucked away our past into garages, basements, to see the light of day in yard sales and swap meets. It's a little sad that we don't value the past as we should.
A.J. and I have rediscovered our love of vinyl. For the past 10+ years, we've been sitting on a player and records in the garage. So what made me dig them out again? That my friend did happen because of the trend. I saw the Crosley CR249 Portable USB Turntable, previously posted here. I fell in love with the vintage portable look. What good was a new player if I never played the records I own now.
A.J. was spying over my shoulder and took it upon himself to do a bit of research. With so many brands and features to take into a count for a new player, and for both of us to give a thumbs up it took awhile to find one. I gave up the vintage look for quality. We ended up with the Audio Technica ATLP120. For reasons that I can understand, (because I'm not a techie) the stylist cartridge is interchangeable, and the weight of the arm can be adjusted. With these functions, the turntable will have less wear and tear on my vinyl, and we will be able to get a better sound quality off of it.
 Lo and behold A.J. was right. O.k., that was unfair for me to say. He is the tech genius around here. Listening to our old and new vinyl has been a treat. The sound coming off the vinyl does have a richer and warmer quality, dare I say human? I didn't realized how much I've missed that, or that I was even missing it all these years listening to MP3's. 

Now, do I recommend vinyl? If you have a player and LP's lying around, give it a whirl. Dig them up out of boxes and dust off that player. If it can bring back good memories, and help you create new ones why not invest?

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