Sure, wooden crates filled with record collections make for an amazing decorative detail, and all our favorite tastemakers all seem to have a turntable strategically perched in their respective stylish living rooms. But a lot of you may still be wondering: why vinyl? My good friend Paul (a fellow music lover, and symbolically, the person who gifted me with my first record player) put it perfectly: “Because vinyl is physical and not digital, the way it stores sound is literally exactly what was recorded, instead of a recreation. Think about looking at the Mona Lisa in person as opposed to looking at it on an HDTV. Sure, it looks great on the TV, but there are things you just can’t capture digitally, like the texture and 3D of a painting.” So when listening to an old record, you’ll pick up tones and a quality of timbre that you might not get from an mp3 file, resulting in an overall richer playback experience. Make sense?
So now that we’ve convinced you, you might be wondering where to begin. Today we’re demystifying the world of collecting and playing vinyls, beginning with arguably the most important part of all: setting up your system. Have some tricks of the trade to share? Leave a comment below!