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An increase in vinyl sales

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An increase in vinyl sales

Postby schwenko » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:34 pm

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Postby schwenko » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:55 am

sorryfor posting a follow-up to my own thread, but..

I notice that vinyl albums now (sometimes) cost more than cds!! e.g. Bjork's upcoming release (?Volta?), the vinyl album cost 1 euro more than the corresponding cd.
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Postby coop41 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:06 am

that's funny, I noticed they are more expensive than CD's as well. I never buy vinyl of new releases, I'd be interested to hear from someone here who does as far as quality, sound, etc.
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Postby bpdp3 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:07 am

I'll buy a new release on vinyl every now and then. The quality sounds about the same to me as it always did - - no better, no worse - - of course, I'm not TOO fussy about pristine sound quality.

It depends on the release as far as pricing vs. CD. I picked up recent stuff by the Shins, Hot Hot Heat, Arcade Fire in the $10 to $12 range. However, other releases have been in the $25 range.

I have no idea for the rhyme-or-reason behind it.
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Postby MARV » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:41 am

"Audiophiles are drawn to records because.....claim they just sound better than their digital counterparts."

I don't know if vinyl can save the industry but I guess if it's marketed the right way...who knows? But I have to say, I've heard some vinyl to digital transfers that sound really, really magnificent. Again, these are done by some real major audiophiles who have the passion to do it. Vinyl can sound incredible.

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Postby eight6 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:09 am

Must just be me...I can see the convenience of a CD and I do have some, but I've heard very few that sound as good as their vinyl counterpart, assuming the vinyl is in mint or mint- condition.



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Postby Panorama » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:15 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by eight6[/i]
<br>Must just be me...I can see the convenience of a CD and I do have some, but I've heard very few that sound as good as their vinyl counterpart, assuming the vinyl is in mint or mint- condition.



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[/quote]From this week's (4/13/07) "Real Time with Bill Mahar"
http://www.hbo.com/billmaher/new_rules/20070413.html
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New Rule: Stop telling me that vinyl records sound warmer than CDs. I was alive in the '70s, you dip-shit hipsters. I know what vinyl sounds like. Scratchy. And when your friend throws you the bong and it hits the tone arm, your Foghat record is ruined, man! Plus, when you've got a chick over and you're getting your groove on, every 20 minutes, you've got get up out of the beanbag chair and flip over the Ray Stevens album."


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Postby eight6 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:35 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by Panorama[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by eight6[/i]
<br>Must just be me...I can see the convenience of a CD and I do have some, but I've heard very few that sound as good as their vinyl counterpart, assuming the vinyl is in mint or mint- condition.



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[/quote]From this week's (4/13/07) "Real Time with Bill Mahar"
http://www.hbo.com/billmaher/new_rules/20070413.html
"Wax Nostalgic
New Rule: Stop telling me that vinyl records sound warmer than CDs. I was alive in the '70s, you dip-shit hipsters. I know what vinyl sounds like. Scratchy. And when your friend throws you the bong and it hits the tone arm, your Foghat record is ruined, man! Plus, when you've got a chick over and you're getting your groove on, every 20 minutes, you've got get up out of the beanbag chair and flip over the Ray Stevens album."


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Ahhh yes, the never humorous musings of Bill Mahar, the poor mans Dennis Miller. Bill obviously shopped for his vinyl at K-Mart, and probably bought his "record player" there as well. Another topic he knows shit about...could the Guiness Book people be paying him a visit soon?

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Postby drsevrin » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:44 pm

I've been eyeing some of the newer 180 g vinyl - just noticed Wire's first album, among others, has been re-released on 180 g. Supposedly the added weight can add stability and ensure consistent speed on the turntable. But, some of the pressings are apparently from the same tooling as the original, lighter vinyl. Anyone have an opinion on the heavier stuff?
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Postby Ollie Stench » Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:31 am

I still buy alot of new vinyl, most of it in the punk/HC vein. Unless there's a separate mix/mastering for vinyl and cd there isn't any better quality on the vinyl, and in fact it can sound worse. For example, if XXX Record Label sends out the new "Joe Blow" album to be pressed up on cd and vinyl, and they only send out the album on 1 cd-r or DAT and that same mix is used for both CD and vinyl, the vinyl is gonna sound like crap.

I usually take the new vinyl I buy and burn it to a cd right away. I EQ, compress, clean up and otherwise tweak the wav files before committing them to cd-r, so I can make it sound however I want.
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Postby korova1 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:46 pm

My oh my, someone is very sensitive about Bill Maher. I didn't know which was funnier, the post of the New Rule or the slam on Bill Maher. God I love him. I watch his show religiously... he is the only thing that helps me deal with these interesting times. Yikes. Oh yeah, vinyl rules.
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Postby bigwavedave » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:19 pm

I hold onto a couple of crates on vinyl more for the look of the lps than the sound, but I do have a couple of those heavy vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Records (REM's Murmer and Reckoning, U2's Unforgettable Fire). I've never opened them, but am curious if anyone has done an A/B comparison with the standard lps of same?

P.S. I'm with eight6 on the Bill Mahar thing. I don't think his wit backs up his inflated view of himself. Gimme Conan...
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