For the first time in half of a decade, I can officially listen to music in the proper way! I am so stoked I was able to gift myself a lovely new turntable and have a new start to collecting records. It's a Classic LP turntable from ION. I’m not an expert on turntables or record players, but I wanted to share what I bought and how awesome it is.
If you have not experienced the sound of a vinyl on a turntable and you think you appreciate music…..WRONG. You’re wrong. The difference between digital music and a record is astounding. It’s so hard to describe until you actually have listened to a record. It’s such a crisp, clean, fantastic sympathy for your ears.
I guess the best way to put it is that music loses its clarity, live sound and originality through converting it to mp3’s, CD’s, what have you. When a conversion is done to compact the original music down to a smaller version, it loses some of the organic aspects of the original recording. A vinyl has the space needed to completely embody nearly all of the magic that happened at the studio originally.
Physically owning music is a joy all in its own. If you are a true music buff, why wouldn’t you want to touch the music you are paying money for? Nothing beats sifting through your collection and looking at the artwork, lyrics, and all that jazz instead of scrolling through your iTunes. Also, people can’t STEAL your music as easily if you have actual vinyls. You can’t lose your music through a computer crash or a virus. Obviously a burglar could steal your records, or a fire or something else ridiculous could destroy them - but it’s not as likely as losing digital music. I have lost my iTunes so many times over the years even with a backup on an external hard drive. Records are just a tangible thing you can let people borrow, trade, hand down to your future generation, or just show off in your living room. Records also bring back that social aspect that music browsing once had. Going into a record store introduces new friendships and discussions - which the iTunes store does not. Even if you are “antisocial”, how cool is it to meet somebody with similar interests and taste? It’s a fun experience, and that’s coming from a person who hates the general public.
I could really drag this out for a long time with all of the pros of records - but I suggest you try it out for yourself! I found the record player at a record store for only $60. I purchased two records to start off my new collection:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band by The Beatles
The turntable I bought was a great price and also allows me to transfer my vinyls to my computer, which is pretty cool. I probably won’t use that feature to be honest though, because it probably won’t come out to be the same sound quality as the record itself. Plus that defeats the purpose of sitting down, playing a record and enjoying a nice glass of whisky on the rocks with a cigar.
What are your top choices for a record collector to own? What are some of your favorite albums on vinyl? Let me know in the comments below and obviously remember to stay #nerdy!