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Not sure if there's been a thread about this yet, and obviously there's no way of telling

So.... who's gone back to vinyl?

 

Here's the story of my return to vinyl:

It was the crazy summer of 2016. NYR puts up a thread about some equipment he's giving away. I fly in there and cop for a Sony turntable and a Technics amp, circa 1978. Get it home, put it on and it doesn't work. I resolve to do something about it and meantime I carry on with my Sonos 5 first gen and Spotify.

The months pass until last week I have words with myself. After all it's a matter of courtesy if nothing else - the dude is probably wondering why I haven't dropped him a line along the lines of "got it set up, cheers mate"

There's a specialist audio shop nearby and they know their s*** so I had the amp repaired - well worth doing. And bought some decent second hand speakers

Bought a few albums and then remembered I had about 100 in the loft.

 

Well boys this is a golden era. It's like swimming to the top of a muddy lake. All these years I've been living with flat, catch all productions and a narrowed down listening experience. Yeah it's crisp but you miss so much. Spotify is great as a reference point and to facilitate car and gym listening.

But vinyl.... right now I'm listening to the Crusaders. Before it was Vivaldi, Beatles, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac

And soon, Kate Bush live album of her 2014 tour.

And I'm hearing stuff that I never knew was there.

 

So I'm obviously preaching to some who are converted but if you're proper into your music I'd advise looking in to it.

 

Oh and NYR, thanks very very much mate

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I don't have vinyl but do have a Cambridge audio cd separate system and the difference between streamed music and CD is incredible. It's very rare I can turn the amp past 3 when the CD is playing, yet streaming it can go to 4/5. The bass makes the drum kit in the corner sing, especially if it's something like Portishead playing, yet it can also pick individual notes beautifully if it's an acoustic album.

Despite wanting to declutter there's no way in giving it up.

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Without trying to sound like a blert, I've always maintained a vinyl habit. Been great in recent years as more LP's have been made available thanks to the revival.

 

It's a great way to make sure you actually listen rather than hear it in the background. Sleeve notes and bit of pop and crackle, happy days.

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Without trying to sound like a blert, I've always maintained a vinyl habit. Been great in recent years as more LP's have been made available thanks to the revival.

 

It's a great way to make sure you actually listen rather than hear it in the background. Sleeve notes and bit of pop and crackle, happy days.

'Listen rather than hear'

 

Exactly what I'm doing

ABC Lexicon of Love and Led Zep 4

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Never sold my vinyl and went all in a couple of years ago. Had to upgrade the rest of my stereo to really get the most out of the vinyl. Love the warmth in the sound.

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Oh gawd, the vinyl snobs are out in force. Hearing things us normal folk can only dream of.

I think you mean LISTENING to things us normal folk can only dream of.

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Oh gawd, the vinyl snobs are out in force. Hearing things us normal folk can only dream of.

Didn't take long

 

 

Try it - under supervision obv

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Been there, done it, cant be arsed with it. A lot of vinyl sounds terrible.

Was it under supervision?

Bet it wasn't

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I don't use my kindle any more. Going back to vellum and papyrus has meant that I'm not really seeing the words now, more just seeing images.

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You're welcome mate. I'm glad it is being used. Did the turntable work ok? That cost a fortune in its day. 

 

That was an interesting day for me. That was a nice pub other than the scary looking old dude at the bar. I stayed that night in a pub in Carlisle and had a few pints with my best mate as a little kid. I hadn't seen him for donkeys years. Funny town is Carlisle. 

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You're welcome mate. I'm glad it is being used. Did the turntable work ok? That cost a fortune in its day.

 

That was an interesting day for me. That was a nice pub other than the scary looking old dude at the bar. I stayed that night in a pub in Carlisle and had a few pints with my best mate as a little kid. I hadn't seen him for donkeys years. Funny town is Carlisle.

Yeah it did

But the turntable only spins if there's a record on it. Felt a fool telling this to the repair man, but the only explanation for this is that it's somehow 'haunted' - in the absence of any other, this explanation has now been accepted

I used to have the same amp at uni and apparently it cost £200 when it came out in 1977

Wasted on some of the cloth ears on here of course but it means I could buy second hand speakers for £700 or whatever and the kit would do them justice

Today I'm gonna hunt down some new wave electronic tecords with some fat analogue Roland synth sounds

Travelogue springs to mind

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I never stopped buying vinyl and have amassed about a couple of thousand records all told. I have vinyl, CDs and streaming set up in the house so all three options for different situations, but vinyl is and always has been my favourite mode of listening - largely i think because, when you've got time to do it, the physical process of getting the record out, wiping it clean, putting it on the deck, listening whilst having the sleeve in your mitts (with readable notes and credits, and in find some cases incredible artwork) is just a deeply satisfying thing.

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largely i think because, when you've got time to do it, the physical process of getting the record out, wiping it clean, putting it on the deck, listening whilst having the sleeve in your mitts (with readable notes and credits, and in find some cases incredible artwork) is just a deeply satisfying thing.

 

Reckon this is about right, rather than any meaningful audio advantages.

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Any recommendations for good speakers for a turntable that don't cost silly money?

 

Amongst others I have a small pair of bookshelf speakers - Dali Lektor 1 - and for such a small unit they are amazing sound quality. They retail for about £220 but you can pick them up second hand now and again for about £150.

 

If you want big muthas, you can't go wrong with Linn Keilidh. Fabulous speakers and although they are seriously old now, you never hear a bad pair. And they can be bough on e-bay for not a lot of money at all.

 

Decks? Not sure what to recommend really, everybody jumps on the Rega Planar tip, they are decent but a bit meh to me I have an old Marantz which does the job. I bet you can get a very decent one for £50 on e-bay.   

 

You'll need an amp and pre-amp as well of course.

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