10 Reasons Why Vinyl Is Better Than Digital Format
Author: Alex Frank Date Posted:19 July 2017
1. Lossless format
Vinyl is the only playback format that’s fully analog and lossless. This means you just need a decent gramophone and you’re going to get a full-fidelity listening experience. It’s less technical than digital format.
2. The warmth of sound
What people find special about vinyl records is this magical factor. Because of how it was made and the fact that there is nothing digital about it, vinyl sound offers the experience, which is very close to listening live music. It’s mid-range-y and mahogany warm. That’s the sound that flatters every musical instrument.
3. Loudness limits
It’s the truth. Vinyl can never be as loud as digital. Many people think this is a huge disadvantage of records, but let’s take a look from a different angle. Digital music engineering often goes over the top with the volume. They give their best to make music louder and louder. Unfortunately, this leads to fatiguing, hyper-compressed songs that lack the dynamics and textures that give recordings their depth and vitality.
Vinyl’s volume is dependent on two factors: the length of its sides and depth of its grooves. This means the more songs on the vinyl – the quieter the sound. If you listen to the record with the long album and then the one with only a single on it, you’ll notice the remarkable decibel difference.
4. Surface noise
Here’s another thing that can be seen as benefit and disadvantage at the same time. Dust particles tend to get stuck in the grooves of the record, or even pile up there. This causes crackles and ticks that are present and audible.
Vinyl lovers will tell you that the surface noise is what makes vinyl special, it gives it that nostalgic, sensual tone that people are often aiming for. On the other hand, digital format fans will disagree, and tell you that it contaminates the sound’s quality. So, it is up to you to decide if you like it or not.
5. Focus on music
You will not find yourself in the situation to listen to the record sporadically. You will not just press the button and let anything play while you cook or while you are driving your car.
Listening to the records is more elaborate, it is the whole process. You have to choose the record, to put it on, to turn it at some point. You put the record on when you really want to LISTEN to the music as the primary activity.
Good music sometimes deserves your full attention.
This factor is not that much about the sound, as it addresses the topic of having a collection. Many great records are still not available on CD, which is enough to justify vinyl by itself.
If you are a collector, you know how frustrating it can be if you decided to get something and you find out it simply doesn’t exist on the medium you are collecting. Of course, you can find almost any song on Youtube or somewhere else on the internet, but you will never physically own it.
7. Cover art
Another thing unrelated to the sound of the record. LP sleeves are big enough that you can really appreciate the cover artwork. This completes your experience. You have the music, just as the artist wanted you to have it and you can look at the cover at the same time, and understand its meaning. Even if the record dies, you can keep the cover and place it on your wall for decoration.
8. Record culture
This factor is also related to the topic of having a record collection. People who collect or play records seem more smooth and cool than others. They have a particular appreciation for evergreen music and authenticity of the author.
Vinyl has that magical power of connecting people with similar interests. If you are a true collector, you have to be in contact with a lot of people around the world if you want to maintain the high-quality collection. After all, records look much better than CDs on your shelf.
9. Time constraints
Vinyl records have a limited number of songs on them. Believe me that is a great thing. Albums usually offer four or five songs on each side, which is the perfect amount in one sitting for any artist. Once you listen to the whole thing, you’re nearly always ready to move on to something else. You get intro, different moods and the closure all in one package.
CD’s increased capacity seems like a good thing at first, but it means that inferior songs will also find their place on the album, decreasing the overall quality of an artist’s release as a result.
It’s a fact. Your dad’s records from 40 years ago still sound as good as back then. Your CDs from 10 years ago, not so much. Of course, many of them still work perfectly, and it depends on how you store them and so on, but CD’s still scratch more easily.
This is an extract from an article by Alex Frank.
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