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Why vinyl will remain dead...or comatose..
2012-04-03, 08:00 (This post was last modified: 2012-04-03 08:03 by grimreaper46.)
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RE: Why vinyl will remain dead...or comatose..
I gave up on vinyl years ago as the quality of pressings was allowed to slip. I have to say that I find myself very susceptable to the pops and crackles. Now I know a lot of people will say that as your system improves you become less and less aware of them but I am afraid that didn't work for me.

At one point I was paying £5.00 for a single album and CD's were over £10.00. I used to by 5 or 6 albums a week. But it became less possible over the years to get music on vinyl. Shops were made up with CD's. Profit margins increased, returns reduced dramatically and the convenience of CDs was appealing to the general public (probably most were buying very substandard pre-recorded Cassette tapes). So the incentive for record companies to even maintain standards of the vinyl LP was low.

Now, the general public buy MP3 downloads or share illegally with others. I still buy CDs but I can't play them (no CD player anymore), just rip them and then the CD gets stored away. I buy HD downloads where available.

Yes I loved all the "ritual" associated with vinyl but now I can't be bothered. I am much more likely to build up a playlist of various artists during a session than playing a complete album and not having to get up every 15-20 minutes to change the LP appeals to the couch potato in me.

I once payed £26.00 (a long time ago) for a Sheffield Direct Cut of Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker. OK music but what a quality the pressings were. Now vinyl, bought from specialist suppliers cost £20 or so and you know that as you play the LP will gradually deteriorate (have you ever seen the way the vinyl melts under the pressure of a stylus and re-solidifies behind it). In 20 years time after 100's of plays my rip's will be as good as they are now.

So, no, nothing would persuade me to go back to vinyl as a main source.

However, none of the above will mean anything to all you vinyl junkies. Tongue

Tonight when I chase the dragon; The water will change to cherry wine; And the silver will turn to gold; Time out of mind.
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