Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vinyl Is The Best!

The most enjoyable medium for enjoying music for me will always be records.  I like to take time out JUST to listen to a great vinyl classic, sit back in my recliner and view the artwork, lyrics, and nostalgia of great band.  MP3s and CDs can't compare to the hands on, analog fun that LPs provide.  Nothing compares to the crackle pop of the needle and the warm, rich tone color that digital media cannot imitate.

It may surprise you to know that many artists still put out LPs, and many used book stores will have tons of records to comb through with a few gems if you have the time to look.  There are also online stores that specialize in record sales, so the medium is STILL very much alive.  I bought my record player at Best Buy a few years ago, and though they are not as prevalent as they used to be you can find them online easy enough.  DON'T buy a record player that has built in cheap speakers.  Then you lose all of the great analog sound that you can't fully appreciate unless you hook it up via RCA cables to a decent sound system.

This boom box that I use to amplify my record player is AMAZING.  I don't know HOW they engineered this thing to sound like it does, but the bass is nice and full, and the highs are clear and clean at high volumes.  MAKE SURE the boom box you use has RCA inputs, because that's what your record player will probably require.  This TDK model has it all: RCA, 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, and USB inputs.  Finally, make listening to an album an event, not just something you do while picking up the house or working out.  Really listen and get lost in the music.  Well, that's my advice.  Comments welcome! Pin It


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