New Record Player.
So it finally came a few days ago, i was going to make an unboxing video but, i simply couldn’t be bothered. It’s not that i just wanted to start using it, i just wasn’t really in the mood. I was eating my dinner and had to go to bed early because i had an early start, 5:30am, the next day. If you can really call five-thirty day time. Travelling to work at that time however is smooth and fast. But anyway, i just opened it and plugged it in, set it to PHONO. It also has a radio and a USB input for an mp3 player (Yes, mp3, not 4. It’s only compatible with mpeg files 1, 2, 2.5, and 3?????!???), but then i bought it for the vinyl, not the digital.
All day today, being the first time i’ve really been able to sit a listen to records, i’ve played nothing but vinyl, some old (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Thriller.) and some new, (Foo Fighters, Studio 606, Haim). And i have to say i’m loving it.
There is of course the big debate over whether Vinyl sounds better then digital. Personally i think vinyl does sound better, but that’s just my opinion, you might think that digital is better because it’s cleaner. And that is fair, i don’t particularly care either way. I know what i think and for me, that’s all that matters. Same goes for Mac Vs PC, i have a Mac because i think it’s better, and it suits me better then a PC. You might think different. And that’s fine. You might think that the Mercedes SL55 AMG Black is the greatest car ever made. I think the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 is the greatest car ever made.
In the end it all comes down to preference.
I prefer Vinyl over Digital. I prefer real Books over eBooks. I prefer Converse over Nike.
It’s all just subjective.
Why must we all fall into the same likes and dislikes?
I think Breaking Bad is the greatest television series ever made. You might think the Sopranos is. Or The Wire. Or Dr. Who.
Stairway to Heaven;
This was the song that played a few weeks ago from my iPhones music player. It played and i once again fell in love with it. When it finished i played it again, and again. That night i played it eight times. I was on my way home from work, and i wondered, ‘How would this sound on Vinyl?‘, so i spent some time on Amazon, and quickly decided to buy a record player, a Steepletone. it cost me £99, i’m not entirely happy with it, but for now it’ll do just fine. Later, once my collection of vinyl grows, i’ll invest in a better system with better speakers.
Having said that, the speakers on my steepletone ain’t great, but it still sounds better then digital. To my ears anyway.
Of course i wanted ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to be the first song i played on it, but the Led Zeppelin compilation ‘Mothership’, is £55, yeah okay… I didn’t think i would find a single or the album it was on.
So i walked into a record store i pass on my way home, while walking to the bus stop a few days before. I noticed that a copy of Led Zeppelin I, was in the window. So in i go, to find ‘Stairway‘, I left with Led Zeppelin IV. The album with ‘Stairway‘. And sure enough when my record player finally arrived on the 6th (Nov), incidentally it was supposed to arrive on the 5th, i plugged it in and took out the record. I turn it on, dropped the blue vinyl on the turn table and lifted the stylus, the turn table started to turn and then i noticed something not quiet right. On every revolution a clicking sound. It took me about ten minutes to get rid of it, not the kind of thing that you need, you know.
But, i sat and listened to ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and i don’t think i’ve ever heard sound that good before. Especially Jimmy Page’s epic guitar solo near the end. Now i have nine records;
Led Zeppelin I.
Led Zeppelin II.
Led Zeppelin IV.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland.
Michael Jackson – Thriller.
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light.
Studio 606 – Reel to Reel.
Haim – Days Are Gone.
Nirvana – On the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.
So, all day i’ve been listening to records. Re-loving music. From that sony Walkman i bought to listen to the radio on my way to work, to making mix tapes so i could listen to my own thing, to experimenting with different music to find what kind of music spoke to me the most (Rock). Though i do love all kinds of music, i’ll listen to most, but i also know what i don’t like. To buying that Sony Minidisc player because i wanted a better sound then tape, but didn’t what to buy a discman. Then my first mp3 player, i’m not even sure it had a full megabyte of storage. To downloading from Napster. To buying a better Sony MP3 player. Ripping my many CD’s. And in 2006, buying that iPod and using iTunes, now called the classic. Buy my music from iTunes as mp3’s and now as mp4’s. Then a year later getting the original iPhone. iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5. And now, a record player..
I didn’t want one because i hated the sound from my iPhone. I mean digital music is just far more convenient and way cheaper then Vinyl. I’ll always buy digital music. I bought the record player because i love music. Sitting around on a Sunday, doing nothing, with nothing to do. I like to play music and read a book. I’ll only be buying select records on vinyl. Not everything, that would be stupid, and very expensive as my iTunes holds five-thousand three-hundred and one songs. Four-hundred and eighteen albums. Buying that many vinyl records would take some time.
So, like my book addiction, which i support a few times a month buy visiting my local book shop and walking out with at least two hardbacks. Now i’ll be visiting that record store. There is one closer to where i live, but i haven’t been down there yet. Might do that on Monday (I don’t work on Mondays). And i’m sure i’ll soon be buying a few records every few weeks.