Vinyl records sound much better than Mp3; the sound is lossless, uncompressed, warm, and full. The experience is active, immersive, and thrilling. This is the truest definition of music. If you're new to this realm you may be astounded by the experience that feels like journeying through frequencies, color, and warmth. It is powerful, inspiring, dramatic, and uplifting.
Modern digital music is super compressed and usually in a lossy format like Mp3 or streaming. The beauty of sound is a sum of its intrinsic vibrational details, but with digital music, these details are stripped out. Listening to analog vinyl lets you get the full picture of sound. This is full audio data reaching your ear as was in the production studio before getting sullied by algorithms. Expect sound that is full of depth and texture.
Unexpectedly vinyl is back with a vengence, raking revenue for artists and delivering unmatched sonic beauty to listeners. Last year, 3.1253 million vinyl albums were sold between Black Friday and New Year alone. It's insane.
Whether you're an audiophile savouring the tiniest details in a recording or simply nostalgic, vinyl records deliver an authentic experience. Here are some more reasons to try vinyl records.
Listening to records is an active experience and the record playing process is mechanical. This makes the sound unique, and it's impressively involving—you should be engaged and ready to sit and listen to an entire album. Set aside some time for music.
There's pride of ownership including regular maintenance routines for better sound and longevity: wiping records from dust, changing needles and cartridges, even alphabetizing your collection. These are not chores, rather a labor of love that gives the music a new meaning in your life.
The search for vinyl records can be thrilling and enlightening. You pore over discography information to find artistic honesty and musical genius. Spending time you might have wasted on social media to find songwriters who set the bar higher.
The search may take you online or to music stores, yard sales, neighborhood vinyl groups, and other places where you will find not just good music but also great people… audiophiles, music lovers, and even artists.
Streaming digital is literally in one ear and out the other but, with vinyl, you have something tangible; you own your records. Then there is the cover art, the clever vinyl tricks like see-through and strobing graphics. It all complements the music and fixates the experience in your mind.