|Crafting the perfect laser angle to play within the grooves of a vinyl record|
Sound purists and vinyl auteur's flock to discussions about sound quality within analog recordings. The big difference is the depth and warm of sound on a vinyl record compared to that of a cd due to the compression of the sound wave as a flat file, compared to following the cut grooves of the actual song wave into the vinyl lacquer.
In essence the bigger argument also resides within the constructs of portability and atmosphere. CD's became so prominent due to their ease of use and means of getting out to the masses compared to the fragility of a vinyl record. Pop the cd in the player and off you go, generally devoid of skips or scratches until used heavily over time or that drunk friend of yours who always leaves them out of their cases to be scratched up (yes, most of my friends).
Vinyl records require a bit of a mood to be set. It can be very ritualistic as you become physically involved with the album. Whether it be knowing just when side A finishes and you should flip over to side B or that distinct warmth and humidity that seems to be when a needle finds the first few notes of your favorite album.
Knowing all these things about the nuances of sound quality and why vinyl will never fully go away, dive into a great video about a laser device for vinyl records that will never destroy your most valued records and keep those grooves sounding perfectly for a long time to come.
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“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP