November 7 2007
As some of you know, I love my vinyl. I have over 1,500 records. You can't beat the feel of vinyl. The artwork is amazing. It is much better than those coasters called CD's. I found a couple of interesting articles over at Wired.com. The first one is entitled "Vinyl May Be Finl Nail in CD's coffin". It discussed the rise of vinyl records, while CD's are on a declined. It was supposed to be the other way around. CD's were supposed to killed the vinyl record.
As counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl -- the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles -- is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary....
"I'm hearing from labels and distributors that vinyl is way up," said Ian Connelly, client relations manager of independent distributor alliance IODA, in an e-mail interview. "And not just the boutique, limited-edition colored vinyl that Jesu/Isis-style fans are hot for right now."
I am very happy to hear this. The other article is about a new hybrid cd/vinyl product. On one side you can play it in a cd player the other side you place it on a turntable and you can play about 3.5 minutes of music. It was created by Optimal Media Production.
Here is a little review:
As for the overall sound quality, I just finished giving the vinyl side of a Sonic Kollectiv VinylDisc compilation a spin, and it sounded decent -- not as good as 180 gram, but certainly good enough to warrant consideration from bands and labels looking to offer something new to their customers: a CD that everyone can play, with a secret bonus track in the grooves on top for those music fans who have record players.
How many of you still have a turntable/record player? Do any of you still buy records? If you don't own a record player, would you consider it with the news about the vinyl record making a comeback into mainstream?