What's old is new again and vinyl is experiencing a renaissance, raking revenue for artists, and delivering unmatched sonic beauty to listeners. Last year, 3.1253 million vinyl albums were sold between Black Friday and New Year alone. It's insane.
Whether you're an audiophile that can pick up the tiniest frequencies in a sound or a nostalgic lover of old times, vinyl records deliver an organic experience. Herein are some of the reasons to try vinyl records:
An active music experience
Vinyl sound is analog, and the record playing process is mechanical. This makes the sound unique, and it's impressively involving—you've to sit and listen and spend time with the entire album. You'll have to set aside time for music in your daily schedule.
Then there are the regular maintenance routines for better sound from vinyl records: wiping records from dust, changing needles, cleaning phonograph disks, and so forth. It is all a labor of love that gives the music a new meaning in your life.
The search for vinyl records is an adventure.
As a vinyl hobbyist, your standards are set higher. You cannot hit the record store to buy airy mass-produced stuff that characterizes the modern music scene. You won't even find half of today's popular albums on vinyl.
The search for vinyl records is meticulous. It is thrilling and enlightening. You pore over discography information to find artistic honesty and musical genius. You spend time—that you would have wasted on social media memes—to find songwriters that set the bar higher.
The search may take you online or to music stores, yard sales, neighborhood vinyl groups, and other places where you will find not just good music but also great people—audiophiles, music lovers, and even artists.
An immersive listening experience
Modern era mass-produced music is super compressed after getting broadcast in a lossy format. The beauty of sound is a sum of its intrinsic vibrational details, but with digital music, these details are stripped out.
Listening to vinyl lets you get the full picture of sound. This is full audio data reaching your ear as was in the production studio before getting sullied by algorithms. Expect sound that is full of depth and texture.
As a first-timer, you may be astounded by the experience that feels like journeying through sound surrounded by frequencies, color, and warmth. It is powerful, inspiring, dramatic, and uplifting.
Vinyl records sound much better than MP3—the sound is lossless, uncompressed, warm, and full. The experience is active, immersive, and thrilling. This is the truest definition of music.