Why do people still buy vinyl?

LilJimmyRbinson

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Is it just to be hip, maaaaaan? I have no idea why buying something that isn't portable, has two sides, and is analog is something desirable to people? Someone explain it to me.
 

Smokezilla

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Sometimes you need something to clean your pot on. . . Ever do that shit on a CD jewelcase???
 

jsc315

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well audiophiles buy vinyl because it has superior sound quality. There is almost no compression on vinyl unlike a cd or even an mp3. Then again if there an audiophile the most likely have a very expensive surround sound systems and need to have the best in quality in sound. I'm not going to get into anymore of this because i'll just bore the hell out of everyone.
Other people just are collectors of that kind of stuff. These are the only reasons i know of why someone would still buy vinyl.
 

Chino Kapone

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Chicks dig vinyl.
 

YaHearIHearMe

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well audiophiles buy vinyl because it has superior sound quality. There is almost no compression on vinyl unlike a cd or even an mp3. Then again if there an audiophile the most likely have a very expensive surround sound systems and need to have the best in quality in sound.

what he said.


that also.
 

Stormrider666

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The only people I know that have a reason to buy vinyl, are real djs.
 

Dopie Opie

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A real adiophile would never hook up a surround sound for their music.

Strictly - Amp, preamp, tuner, turn table and speakers.

Back in the day, the way it was produced on vinyl was the way the artist intended it to be listened.

Today it is all produced in digital studios and with digital equipment.

So these people are either collectors, or hipster douches
 

jsc315

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A real adiophile would never hook up a surround sound for their music.

Strictly - Amp, preamp, tuner, turn table and speakers.

Back in the day, the way it was produced on vinyl was the way the artist intended it to be listened.

Today it is all produced in digital studios and with digital equipment.

So these people are either collectors, or hipster douches
couldn't agree more. Some people will buy anything that they think is good. I saw copper wiring for tuners for $5,000. who the fuck buys that shit, but people will buy over priced shit thinking its better than anything out there.
 

kevtv

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I buy vinyl. I'm back into it now that I have the money.

I love vinyl for a lot of reasons, mainly the sound and that I like collecting it. Colored vinyl, hard to find older original pressings, it's fun for a nerd like me.

The way the industry is going, i really foresee bands releasing their music digital with a pressing on vinyl for completists / nerds like myself.

A few labels are actually offering free downloads if you buy an album on vinyl which I think is a great idea and a cool incentive to get a tangible product as well as getting the music in a more modern, portable format.

My vinyl love comes from years into punk and hardcore when bands would ONLY release music on vinyl. Vinyl rules
 

burky79

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I do for specialty things... collectors reason.

used to be an audiophile... that got as expensive as blow.

any NIN i dont already have, i buy immedeatly on vinyl.

i also own a copy of Glen Campbells Rhinestone cowboy on Vinyl.

yup, thats pretty fuckin gay... but always a funny conversation piece.
 

Dopie Opie

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I buy vinyl. I'm back into it now that I have the money.

I love vinyl for a lot of reasons, mainly the sound and that I like collecting it. Colored vinyl, hard to find older original pressings, it's fun for a nerd like me.

The way the industry is going, i really foresee bands releasing their music digital with a pressing on vinyl for completists / nerds like myself.

A few labels are actually offering free downloads if you buy an album on vinyl which I think is a great idea and a cool incentive to get a tangible product as well as getting the music in a more modern, portable format.

My vinyl love comes from years into punk and hardcore when bands would ONLY release music on vinyl. Vinyl rules
I sold all of that shit a few years ago and made a pretty penny, fella.

I had a bunch of the old Revelation 7 inches. All the different colored vinyl. It was very fucking cool when I was a youngster, but then I thought of the practicality of it all and started to think about how long it will be worth anything.

Sooner or later you end up with "8 tracks" that ain't worth sheet.

Keep the faith brother
 

sobi

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I have a collection of somewhere around 1500 vinyl albums, but as someone mentioned before, I used to DJ. That was the reason. Even that doesn't hold up anymore with the advancement of technology with such things like the new pioneer CDJ 1000's (they allow a user to manipulate a CD the way you would a record on a turntable), and even more so with products like Final Scratch and Serato Live. Those two just use two generic pieces of vinyl with time coding to control MP3's off of a laptop. So even for DJing, vinyl has become somewhat obsolete, but good luck getting into that conversation with any DJ. It's bound to start a 20 page/1hour discussion or argument. That being said, I'll never stop buying vinyl. There is something about searching through record bins for hours and finding a gem that can't be touched. Also, just the visual association of labels/sleeve art and physically changing records while playing a gig is a bit more appealing to me.

Also, I'm just a bit of a nerd who likes to collect certain limited edition records.
 

BusyChild04

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There's a certain sound quality and warmth to it that cd and mp3 doesn't have.
 
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I have some albums on vinyl. Some older stuff isn't available on CD. I have a live Beatles album that my brother got me that was never issued as a CD. It's an official release, not a bootleg but they never re-issued it as a CD for some reason. I have some Pearl Jam stuff that is only available on vinyl (Christmas 45 rpm singles they give their fan club each year and I have a promotional "Bushleaguer" 45). I also got their Benaroya Hall show on vinyl because it was a limited release on wine-colored vinyl and it's just a nice thing to have.

There's also the artwork. It's nice to have that in a larger format and a lot of vinyl releases actually have better artwork than the CD release for the same album.

There's also the nostalgia factor. I grew up listening to Beatles albums on vinyl in the 80s. The sound of those albums on vinyl just sounds better to me even now (and I also don't know of there ever being a CD release of "Yesterday and Today," which was one of the albums my brothers and I listened to non-stop as kids).
 

kevtv

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I sold all of that shit a few years ago and made a pretty penny, fella.

I had a bunch of the old Revelation 7 inches. All the different colored vinyl. It was very fucking cool when I was a youngster, but then I thought of the practicality of it all and started to think about how long it will be worth anything.

Sooner or later you end up with "8 tracks" that ain't worth sheet.

Keep the faith brother
yea i think we talked about that a while ago.

i don't collect for monetary gain in the future, i collect bands i like.

i'd kill for original misfits records.
 

Creasy Bear

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People still buy vinyl records because it takes them back in their memories to the last time they got laid.
 

PunchYourself187

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Is it just to be hip, maaaaaan? I have no idea why buying something that isn't portable, has two sides, and is analog is something desirable to people? Someone explain it to me.
I don't listen to vinyl, but I had one of these New York hipsters explain and show me why it's good. There's a lot of extra stuff buried in vinyl recordings that you can't get from a cd because of the capacity of it. Things like overtones that you can't hear, but you can feel because the pitch is too high or too low for human ears. You body reacts to these tones in different ways.

The guy I was talking to played me the same song twice - first on cd and then on vinyl and both at the same volume. The vinyl copy was a much fuller sound and you could actually feel the thump of the bass reacting inside of you.

I know this sounds like b.s., but if you recall when O&A had "The Most Annoying 30 Seconds of Audio" contest, they had to stop it early because sound technicians were getting involved and sending in recordings of inaudible tones that could cause damage to their hearing. It's the same concept. Or if you've ever heard the urban legend about "the brown note", it's the same idea as that. Certain tones get certain parts of your body to react a certain way, even if you can't hear them.
 

dodisman

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best sound quality...or unless your a DJ that still spins vinyl although even that is starting to wane
 
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I don't listen to vinyl, but I had one of these New York hipsters explain and show me why it's good. There's a lot of extra stuff buried in vinyl recordings that you can't get from a cd because of the capacity of it. Things like overtones that you can't hear, but you can feel because the pitch is too high or too low for human ears. You body reacts to these tones in different ways.

The guy I was talking to played me the same song twice - first on cd and then on vinyl and both at the same volume. The vinyl copy was a much fuller sound and you could actually feel the thump of the bass reacting inside of you.

I know this sounds like b.s., but if you recall when O&A had "The Most Annoying 30 Seconds of Audio" contest, they had to stop it early because sound technicians were getting involved and sending in recordings of inaudible tones that could cause damage to their hearing. It's the same concept. Or if you've ever heard the urban legend about "the brown note", it's the same idea as that. Certain tones get certain parts of your body to react a certain way, even if you can't hear them.
My buddy has something like 4,000 records and his explanation was pretty close to this. He has like a $10,000 sound system with a turn table in it that he described as (his words) "for lack of a better term, an HD record player".

I'm a huge music guy who's played a few different instruments for years, go to live shows all the time, and after hearing a similar demonstration from him going from CD/mp3 to his records, I heard a huge difference.

I personally wouldn't put forth the effort myself, but it did sound night and day different.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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i buy vintage music on vinal because its cheeper, then put it onto mp3, i can buy all the classic rock i want for pennies on the dollar yea and its hip mannnnnnnn