If your needle has a dust cap, be sure to place it on after every use. If there is dust on your needle, you will need a stylus cleaning brush and turntable cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol. Dampen the stylus brush and gently wipe the styles from front to back. Operate your turntable correctly. Always take the necessary steps to operate your turntable and records correctly. Always remove and replace any dust covers before and after each use.
Likewise, always wait for the platter to completely stop before removing your vinyl otherwise you may scratch it. Operate your tonearm and needle correctly. Never drop or abruptly remove the needle. Always use the cueing arm. Always hold by the edges. Store records vertically in a dry location. Humidity and stacking records on top one another will cause records to warp. Always put a record away as soon as you are done listening. Any type of LPs or inch records.
Most records from the 60's to today will be this type. Yes No. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 8. Does it damage anything to just leave it turning? No, it won't damage anything. Some record players even automatically stop after a record is done playing.
Not Helpful 11 Helpful 7. We have a vinyl player but when we spin the record and place the needle on the vinyl, the arm goes to the end and returns to position. How do we fix this? You need to wipe down your vinyls with a microfiber cloth, or get a new needle. Not Helpful 6 Helpful 4. You can get some great component pieces or get an all-in-one receiver with a tuner, amp and pre-amp built-in on Ebay.
Not Helpful 4 Helpful 2. When I drop the tone arm onto the record, the table stops rotating. What am I doing wrong? There might be too much weight on the record, or you might need to get a new needle. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1. This is another spot where preference comes into play. Would the records sound better if all the recording and mixing sources were analog like in the past?
Again, the movie theater analogy works here. Take a film like The Blair Witch Project shot on video or Star Wars: Attack of the Clones shot digitally — did you enjoy those more at home or at the theater? Most theaters these days are still using film projectors so the odds are very good that if you saw them on the big screen you saw them on film an analog medium. The film Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, which was shot digitally then transferred to film just like transferring CD to LP gave the theatrical version more of a real or human feel.
Personally, I like the occasional flaw that pops up on the screen at the movie theater just like I appreciate the occasional crackle of an LP. It just somehow makes it more human, you can see how it works and just like seeing a band live it might do something unexpected. For the last few years it seemed like it was just the diehard audiophiles and DJs.
The segment that seems to really be booming right now is the rock market, more specifically metal and indie rock. As silly as it sounds, that really was my thought process.
To me buying vinyl is like buying box sets. People who buy box sets are not casual music listeners and they know the value of having great packaging, liner notes and such. I still have the vintage madrigal proceed, a theta transport and dac and a rega apollo.
What do I use??? I listen to my ipod throught a wadia dock and power dac. To think I could have had a mojo. To really spend your time listening to music…digital wins on so many levels. To activily engage in the ritual of music…go ahead…buy the new rega planar 3. That is silly on both fronts. Listen I just wrote the cover story for the current Stereophile. I let people choose the material—any record versus any CD or hi-rez file and the record always wins—better bass, and yes, subjectively wider dynamic range.
Japanese pressings? They sucked! Most were mastered using an 8 bit DDL line instead of a preview head. I travel around the world visiting people—well off, sophisticated, technologically sophisticated people and they all prefer vinyl. And that includes guys who work for the chip makers. These are both youngsters or older guys who got rid of their records for CDs and are now happily back. I was in Munich in a Harman room with one of their chief engineers.
So tommys, enjoy your digital! No way. I met backstage Andrew Litton, the former conductor of the Dallas Symphony. He told me he was a turntable guy. That is just bitter ridiculousness. The reasons have to do with long term musical satisfaction.
I can sit for hours and do listening to records long into the night but I cannot do that with digital. I mean lights out super-concentrated listening.
Not so with records. John and you are free to enjoy your digits. Why play so wounded? Entry-level hardware is the focus of this piece. But I doubt very much that you use an entry-level table for the rips you use to audition gear at shows.
Would you kindly share what hardware you used to create your vinyl rips that wowed the Harmon room in Munich? I guess we have different opinions about self-expression! I will try to back off as best I can….
Sounds like something went wrong with your turntable set up John. Entry level decks can sound great. The other two possibilities are either the vinyl version is a poor master or the fact that you have the digital source connected to the amp at the same time is somehow adversely affecting the vinyl playback. How likely do you think it is that a different master of such low quality was used to press the vinyl of BOTH records here — one in and one in And as mentioned in the post, these needledrops are rather typical of what I hear from a range of records played on the RP1.
John, although what you are saying is true… you really do come across as arrogant in this article. Not at all! Does the TL;DR at the end of the post not read that way to you? Well, it sounded plain awful and I almost gave up on the experiment.
Wow on the comments. MF went off the reservation a bit. You wrote very clearly. Sitting here yet again comparing vinyl and digital…. Same recording on CD and Vinyl.
All good quality equipment…. Yep the vinyl sounds warmer and soupier and I tend to turn it up to get more energy into the playback. The CD has a wider sound stage and sounds more detailed and dynamic and I tend to turn it down because the loud passages explode in my living room… Yes more dynamic range….
So I warm to the vinyl but I have become a digital junkie.. I think maybe Mojo has brought me here…..
Ah, well do I know my Thorens TD turntable, SME tone arm with Sure V15 MkIV cartridge is a little dated as a combination, but they were certainly well above average in thier time and the setup has been well maintained by me and with help from a good quality substitute elliptical stylus.
In fact it sounds quite good, but I stand by my statement that the sound from my digital set up is more involving and dynamic. How do I know this? It simply makes me smile more often! John, I always find your pieces entertaining and find the comments to be just as entertaining. I have no difficulty in getting the gist of your piece but am amused by you having to tell various commentators to re-read the article so they can understand where you are coming from.
It seems that their initial comprehension of your piece is something they made up in their own minds as they were reading! I added a TL;DR to the end of the post to make it harder for folk to infer their own narrative. But my take on the mainstream press is that they rarely do a lot of independent thinking and rewrite the marketing ads from the audio companies ad nauseam …and ergo all vinyl is great! This attitude has extended to the second hand market and I see a lot of junk turntables going for prices that are unjustifiable based on performance.
Listen to it extensively in the trial period. For those with no pro-ject nor return options, consider a technics from craigslist or ebay. I will. I have Devialet and PS Audio pieces to write first. Your readers can also listen to degraded but still remarkably revealing files on the analog planet YouTube channel. Actually, this reminds of another issue. OK — but what about the many thousands of modern day records that are pressed from digital masters e. Bowie Five Years box set? Being digital files, those masters have imperfect time domain accuracy.
Hi John, thanks for the article. I totally get it and you are right that you can get a lot more music pleasure and bang for the buck from digital than the vinyl alternative. The problem was and still is that there is too many variables, expense and aggravation involved with obtaining good sound from vinyl. To start with there can be issues with the pressing, centering, warpage, scratches, etc. In summary, it takes lots of money to get it right at least some of the time with ever diminishing returns the more you spend!
To me all this fussing takes from the pleasure of sitting down and enjoying good music, which is always compromised. Otherwise spend your money to attend a live concert, because nothing else is the same, no matter how expensive the rig! Keep up the good work and continue showing us music lovers, the equipment that will provide the most bang for OUR hard earned buck.
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