ddray wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:38 am
I just don't see it coming back the way it was...Times change.
It will never come back the way it was, since there would have to be massive investment in pressing plants, and that in the days of streaming?
larryguitar wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:42 am
looking at the prices of vinyl records over the last few years, I have seen them get more expensive, so demand is strong.
Demand is strong relative to supply. The future, I guess, is huge speculation in rare original vinyl. Prices have been high, but nowhere near as high as they will get.
You needed to spend a lot to get good sound out of vinyl. Then there was audiophilia which was a near-psychotic extension of that.
You get good sound out of cheap digital equipment. I have no idea what sound you get out of good digital equipment.
Vinyl freaks will insist on the totally different sound, but then it may just be their psychology kicking in. Once you have spent 10,000 on a record player, you're not going to say it's rubbish even if it is.
Or it may just be that the "warmth" they perceive is the sound of the stylus rubbing against the bare unmodulated vinyl.
That theory could easily and interestingly be tested by feeding in some similar noise to a digital signal in or after the DAC.
If you heat the vinyl, as some did/do, then that makes it slightly more viscous and/or pliant? Are you just introducing thereby random distortions that you've paid thousands to eliminate in your amplifier? Is everything purest accident?
When the vinyl starts getting more expensive per record than good digital equipment, then what will happen?
Will it be a bubble? Will the emperor be seen to be starkers?
If we could predict the future, we'd have bought as much vinyl as we could in the 70s for investment purposes only. Or better still, we'd have bought lots of houses and a winning Lotto ticket.
But we can't, and some of us just like to listen to music.
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