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Old 10-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up What is so special about Vinyls anyway? ;)

Hello, my name is Nay.

I'm a 3rd year Graphic Design student working on a project.
We were asked to create a project that becomes a homage to something that is unappreciated or forgotten about and I picked Vinyls.

I don't know why, but I love them. There is just something so pure about the sound and so spiritual about the ritual of playing and storing them.

I need to generate some interest from people that feel the same way?
If youre a collector, or you find yourself thumbing through records in a record store week in week out, please get in touch and tell me why you are so in love with the format.
I need some tear-jerking testimonials from people that are fanatical about vinyls.

My end result will hopefully be a photo book which will be accompanied by your beautiful words.
I want this book to really celebrate the ritual of playing vinyls and the love that people still have for them.
I wish I was born in the era when vinyl was king, I really do.

I hope to hear back from people.

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Old 10-30-2013, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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With equal quality amplification systems I'd be hard pressed to believe anyone could genuinely tell the difference in a blind challenge test. I think that's where the difference lies- most of the time CDs are played through desktops or crummy car 4" speakers that don't do the audio quality any justice. I've heard people say things like "ohhhh CDs compress the signal" or "ohhhhhh CDs chop up the signal and distort it" but without the highest fidelity equipment I just don't think it's really noticeable.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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blahblahblah the only difference whe comparing QUALITY digital to QUALITY vinyl is the warmer scratching noise from the vinyl. That however can be created by digital, or even directly ripped in a hi fi fashion straight from vinyl.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't have a record player but my friend does and it sounds lovely and better than CD players of similar quality. I know it's been said a thousand times but there is an audible warmth to vinyl, a certain naturalness even; it's not that CDs sound compressed in comparison, it's that CDs sound colder and harder.

I believe most people, on hearing a CD played through a high end system and the same album on vinyl played through a high end system, would notice the difference.

I also love the size of records which afford the luxury of really appreciating the artwork which, sadly, seems nowt but an afterthought in this age of CD and MP3s.

If vinyls weren't so bloody expensive and if everything was still released on vinyl, I'd definitely replace my CD player with a record player.
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it's that CDs sound colder and harder.

Sorry but no way...You just are not hearing the hiss and pop of the needle...Forget regular cd quality anyhow, use a high quality lossless digital file instead.
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I say way. Good ears and a good system will reveal the differences between the two formats.
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I say way. Good ears and a good system will reveal the differences between the two formats.
My point is this difference isnt in the audio quality of what the musics recorded on, it is in the player. I could agree that a super high end record player MIGHT sound better than a super high end digital setup but I doubt 99/100 audiophiles could really tell the difference every time.
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In a very revealing system switching between two speaker cables built from similar materials can sound very different. So something as drastic as changing the source player will sound profoundly different.

Can most people tell whether a DJ is playing a record or a CD on the radio? I don't think so. I know I can't. But it's amazing how sensitive high fidelity equipment is. Even changing power cables will change the sound.
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blahblahblah the only difference whe comparing QUALITY digital to QUALITY vinyl is the warmer scratching noise from the vinyl. That however can be created by digital, or even directly ripped in a hi fi fashion straight from vinyl.

I hate that noise. All these dorks saying it adds "SOUL" or some **** to the recording piss me off to no end. Oh boy! I get to hear the song AND some random noises!?!!?! It's like TWO CDs in ONE!

I'll take an allegedly cold sounding CD with just the audio I paid for over that any day. **** off if you think otherwise.
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I would think vinyl would only have the edge for purely analog recordings

Which a pretty large majority of recordings are not

I'm not really knowledgeable on this though
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