Originally Posted by lovinthehd
Seems to be doing fine as is these days. I was wondering the other day how the industry was holding up in handling the new demand and if/how much new record manufacturing plants/gear is out there....got any scoop on how the old gear is holding up, being maintained/breaking down, that sort of thing?
After bottoming out, pressing facilities are, for the first time in eons, on the increase. Modest numbers for now, but decidedly on the upswing. Some new from scratch (ha) and some machines that'd been mothballed are being refurbished.
Originally Posted by morbidcorpse
1. I like collecting things. 2. I love the huge presentation of the artwork. It's often gorgeous and so much nicer to look at then a condensed version on a cd. 3. I love the ritual of cleaning the vinyl, of having to flip it to the other side if it's a 2xLP, taking one off and putting the other one on the TT. It feels like you're more involved than just hitting a play button and walking away. 4. Some albums I have, like Opeth's, "Blackwater Park," or Kid Brother Collective's "Highway Miles," just sound superior on vinyl.
Originally Posted by lastplace
Vinyl spinner here, I love the process and the sound. 1000+ albums I've been collecting since I was a teenager. I still have the Beatles Double White I bought when I was 15 yo. Each of my HT set ups has a separate 2 channel set up. I have 7 turntables. The nicest being a Sony PS-X65. One sweet table.
Originally Posted by Sean Spamilton
Good turntables are relatively cheap these days, and there's something to be said for having physical copies of something you like; LPs especially are gratifying as you've got interesting liner notes & art as an added bonus to a feeling of ownership.
I agree wholeheartedly with all of the above. For me, it's simply more satisfying and involving to listen to vinyl on my 2-channel rig. I actually sit and...listen. Just
listen. No reading, screens, laundry, or other multi-tasking. I had basically stopped doing that with digital (CD then iTunes, Spotify, and Tidal).
BTW I can and do stream to that same rig when called for (e.g. a dinner party where I'm hosting and oughtn't leave the table every 20 minutes). Now, you can say, well, see? Your turntable is holding you hostage! Or something to that effect. And from a certain POV that's true. But I don't just "sit and listen" to the streaming stuff - it's background only for me.
For me it does provide a positive impact to focus on one thing and one thing alone. Like going for a walk or run without listening to music or an audio book. I do it both ways, but sometimes it's nice to just walk with my thoughts, you know?
I've tried to "sit and listen" to streaming, especially with Tidal. But, I always come back to my vinyl...