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Why does anyone buy vinyl?

I was playing with some vinyl on a turntable today. Scratch scratch scratch. Hiss. Skip. Scratch. And it only plays music for about 22 minutes before you have to manually turn it over. Why are people still buying these things? There was a reason why people abandoned vinyl in the 1980s, with many people even re-buying their favorite vinyl on superior CD.

(And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, vinyl sales are said to be surging and will soon surpass sales of CDs if this trend continues. I know, it sounds crazy.)

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Someone will probably say that if you keep the vinyl and the stylus spotlessly free of dust, there’s no other dirt or god-forbid scratches on the vinyl, you have the highest quality turntable, the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then you might get superior sound from the vinyl.

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By the way, yes I’m aware that CDs, as a storage medium for music or anything else, have become obsolete. But if you’re unwilling to pirate your music because you are honest, then you will often find it’s less expensive to buy a used CD (which you can then rip into MP3s) than it is to buy the downloadable MP3s from Amazon.

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May 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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  1. Part of the reason is the CD format is 30 years old and totally obsolete now. You could probably get 1000 songs on a disc today but the music companies don’t want to sell such a thing.

    James B. Shearer

    May 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    • You could probably get 1000 songs on a disc today but the music companies don’t want to sell such a thing.

      Yes, of course they could pack way more music onto DVD-ROM with its 4.5GB capacity but the traditional American album is 12-15 songs and fits onto a CD just fine.


      May 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

      • A DVD disk with lossless compression (using FLAC) and the same sample rate as used for CDs should be able to hold about 15 hours worth of music.

  2. A lot of it is people collecting second-hand original pressings from 60s/70s/80s at quite reasonable prices. They’re not buying Miley Cyrus on vinyl.


    May 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    • When people say that vinyl is surging, they’re talking about new sales, not used.

      Douglas Knight

      May 26, 2016 at 12:01 am

  3. Because people are hipster douches.


    May 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    • There is a “vinyl dealer” on Staten Island who sells from a tent on Post Ave (near Temple Emanu-el). Every time I drive by there are a number of people browsing his goods– none are hipsters– strangely I see a lot of middle aged hispanic women there.

      As for the appeal, there may be some music only available on vinyl… or it’s an experiential preference. I mean why do people go to movie theaters when we have netflix? Yet box office sales are booming.

      Same for print vs digital. Print books sales are still high and in Europe, actually climbing.

      slithy toves

      May 26, 2016 at 8:52 am

      • Guidoland doesn’t attract Hipsters/SWPLs.

        Staten Island is really a hodgepodge of White ethnics, with Italians leading charge with its population and cultural scene. Surprisingly and unsurprisingly, there’s a large number of Hispanics that live on SI. Hispanics, with the exception of Dominicans and the mulatto types, mesh well with guidos.


        May 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

      • I’m starting to see hipsters on the north shore, whether it takes hold remains to be seen.

        slithy toves

        May 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  4. Why does anyone buy a Rolex watch or Omega mechanical watch? Why do piston engined aircraft manufacturers still produce engines with carburettors and mixture control?

    Nick Good

    May 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    • Vinyl should be compared to cassettes and 8-track not Rolex.


      May 26, 2016 at 12:45 am

  5. I’ve heard people claim that vinyl sounds better than CD. I’ve wondered if these people would pick the ninyl over the CD sound if the tried a blind test.

    Abelard Lindsey

    May 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • Audiophiles attest to a warm natural sound, that one hears from playing LPs. The same cannot be said of digitized music.

      The only great thing about digitized music for the obsessive compulsive, which is impossible with LPs, is the ability to constantly rewind a particular segment with ease. I call it masturbating with music.


      May 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      • I’ve heard that for 30 years now. What complete bullshit. I have over 300 records from the 60s through the early 80s. I always took meticulous care of them, handling them by the edges and playing on decent turntables with good cartridges and tone arms never tracking at more than 1.5 grams, and STILL they always managed to get scratched (possibly from grit in the record sleeves), with attendant pops, clicks, and skips.

        CDs and digital music is a godsend.


        May 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      • Yes, I’ve heard the same claim. However, do you think the claim would hold up in a blind test (that is, where the listener listens to music from both sources but does not know in advance which one he is listening to at the time). I’ve never heard of anyone taking this kind of test.

        Abelard Lindsey

        May 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      • @ Abelard

        I’ve never owned a high end turntable that costs in the thousands, but I assume playing LPs with one of them, leaves digital music in the dust. And this depends on things like the motor belt of the device, the quality of the quartz cartridge, the way it spins the record, and the sound signaling ratio to noise (the higher signaling, the better). Making a consummate turntable is an engineering feat for audiophile snobs with deep pockets.


        May 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  6. I am old enough to remember LP’s. Companies like Columbia had very poor quality control, and as many as 30% of their records had audible defects. Usually, this was a result of recycling old vinyl without removing the paper labels. CD’s solved that problem at the expense of reducing the frequency range (Nyquist theorem). 40,000 Hz (the CD standard) doesn’t do it. You need to go to about 120,000 Hz to get the full analog experience. That requires a laser disc the same size as an LP

    If you really want the 60/70 ‘s effect, you have to find a vacuum tube amp and a high end jewel cartridge. This wiil probably run about $5,000. I spent $1,500 on a mid range system in 1980.


    May 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • VPI in New Jersey makes super high-end turntables:

      David Pinsen

      May 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    • No, you don’t. Nobody has ever been able to hear these supposed higher frequencies in a blind ABX test. 20,000hz is well above the range that any human has been demonstrated to be able to hear.


      May 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      • Whether people can hear it or not, I know I can’t. I grew up with vinyl and as a teenager had a “record collection.” The sound quality of those was crap compared to CD’s.

        Mike Street Station

        May 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      • Actually not. Humans can hear up to 20 kHz frequencies and many people can hear up to 12-14 kHz.

        Abelard Lindsey

        May 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    • Super wrong!

      CDs have a frequency range of 20,000 Hz, not 40,000.

      LPs, theoretically capable of infinite frequency range, in practice are limited to about 15,000 Hz, and those higher frequencies are literally scraped off by the needle with every play of the record, and after a few plays your LP is literally ground down to about 8,000 Hz and those higher frequencies are unrecoverable.

      Also, LPs cannot produce bass below about 40 Hz, where CDs can get down 20 Hz — in other words, a full octave lower than LP.

      Modern Blu-Rays can produce frequencies up to 96,000 Hz, but adults are lucky to hear anything much past 16,000 Hz, so it’s irrelevant.

      People like vinyl precisely because it lacks high frequencies, which is perceived as “warm,” where the accurate high frequencies of CDs is perceived as “cold” and “clinical.” Also, vinyl is limited to a dynamic range of about 20 decibels, so lots of limiting and compression is required to keep the audio in those very restrictive limits, and people actually enjoy that constrained dynamic range: it makes music sound more “impactful” and “immediate.”

      You’re welcome.


      May 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      • The human ear responds to frequencies up to 20 kHz. CD’s are sampled at 44.1 kHz and 16 bits.

        bob sykes

        May 26, 2016 at 6:55 am

      • People like vinyl precisely because it lacks high frequencies, which is perceived as “warm,” where the accurate high frequencies of CDs is perceived as “cold” and “clinical.”

        I actually can hear and like higher frequency sound and, thus, actually prefer CD music to that of Vinyl.

        Abelard Lindsey

        May 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    • That is what I thought. However, I am dubious of the claims of most audiophiles because 120kHz laser disks have never taken off, even though the electronics of the players would be far cheaper today compared to 30 years ago and the disks themselves would be far cheaper to make as well.

      Abelard Lindsey

      May 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  7. vinyl isn’t practical, but it does have a nostalgic, romantic quality to it — and i don’t mean the actual music, but the whole experience.


    May 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm

  8. ITS VIRTUE SIGNALING GONE AMUCK in an age where everybody next to you is likely to be carrying the same tech in their pocket. What can distinguish you as a music snob more than collecting vinyl? There’s a cartoon in the New Yorker: “The two things that really drove me to vinyl are the expense and the inconvenience.” This is absolutely true. Buying vinyl in NYC means you have enough space in your apartment to house a collection and a record player setup.

    Do not get into an argument with the vinyl purists who say it sounds better. It DOES sound LOUDER, not in the way where it hurts your ear, but with more pop. Listening to vinyl straight from (DECENT) headphones made some concerts come alive like no other digital medium, but in this day and age, having access to everything IMMEDIATELY is the only standard of quality.

    Superior CD? Not so much, not if you do a proper listening setup. I’m in favor of deleting the CD out of existence.

    Based T.

    May 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    • Correct, and everyone blows their money away on some cool tech gadget that suffers from obsolescence in a few years. I can use that money to purchase a set of old books with collector’s value.

      No sane hoarder is going to pay top dollar for the 1st iPhone release in mint condition, which is a piece of junk by then.


      May 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    • What you are probably getting in vinyl is not a superior medium but different recording techniques. That’s the key point. It is not whether something is on vinyl or cd that makes it sound better, but how it was recorded with the studio techniques of the day…you know, miking air in a live act.

      The problem with modern recording is compression within the MP3 format.


      May 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      • Even CDs are compressed. The original digital masters, at least the ones they make today, have a lot more data than CD quality. OTOH, reality is that the vast majority of people cant tell the difference between 200+ kbps MP3s and CD level, even on the highest quality gear.

  9. There’s no point to CDs anymore. You can download (paid or otherwise) losses digital files that produce an identical output and play them on many different devices with interfaces much better than CD players.

    So they’re naturally dying. Cassettes sound like crap, so they aren’t coming back.

    Vinyl has some advantages… Older audiophiles find the warm sound familiar. They’re very physical, so it’s fun to put them on the turntable and manually pick out a track. You can go to thrift stores and garage sales and pick up music that none of your friends have heard of.

    DJs love them because they’re more showy. It’s hard to be a paid respected professional when you’re just plugging a macbook into the sound system.

    Also you can get high and watch them spin.

    So there are a lot of little reasons for vinyl to stick around. It’s the only physical format that still makes sense.


    May 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    • > There’s no point to CDs anymore

      You can buy many albums at high quality on CD for $2 or $3 on ebay or amazon, or at some local record stores. That’s the point. Online stuff is still usually not CD quality.

      Also, anything you have on your hard drive or stored in “the clown” will be gone in ten years. This applies to pictures, too. Keeping a music collection you care about on CD is still not a bad idea. Keep your photos on paper in albums.

      Maybe we’ll all be streaming “spotify” forever and owning your music is stupid, but maybe not.


      May 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      • “Online stuff is still usually not CD quality.”

        On Pirates Bay you can find a lot of CD-quality FLAC files, but I personally can’t tell the difference between FLAC and VBR MP3s.

      • “anything you have on your hard drive will be gone in ten years”


        King George III

        May 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

      • Because hard drives go bad fairly quickly. You can’t use magnetic media to archive anything. Burned CD-Rs also will usually be unreadable in about a decade.

        Commercially produced CDs are archival. They will be playable in 30 years. Acid free photo paper is archival.

        Anything that lives only in The Clown will also blink out of existence at various points during corporate bankruptcies over the years. Your photos on Flickr and Instagram and your streaming music will go away eventually.

        Anything you don’t have on an archival medium like acid free paper or a commercially pressed CD (not CD-R) will disappear over time, unless you’re obsessive about manually maintaining multiple digital backups once every month.


        May 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    • Lots of DJ’s now use electric turntables plugged into their “macbook”

      Lets them scratch and do a real live show, without having to lug around vinyls

      Marc KS

      May 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  10. Hipsters like the pretentious twit in this clip are driving vinyl sales.

    Oswald Spengler

    May 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm

  11. Follow up, watch this ’73 Questions With Emily Ratajkowski’ video. The ‘play a record’ part wouldn’t be at all cool if it was just ‘play something on your iPod’.


    May 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    • God do I hate LA people. 85% of people from NYC suck, and living there is mentally retarded, but I’ve yet to find anything whatsoever redeeming about LA. The super punch-able sounding dweeb filming this and the phony vapid cunt pictured illustrate.


      May 25, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      • Name a vibrant place to live in America, free from deraign people, pesky NAMs and proles in general, or having one of the criteria. Perhaps in the dreary Pacific Northwest.

        With the exception of Southern Europe, parts of France, parts of Quebec, there aren’t many places in Western civilization, where its enemies are either nonexistent or in small numbers.


        May 26, 2016 at 9:44 am

      • I quit when the chess game made its appearance.


        May 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

  12. It’s a form of hipster/SWPL conspicuous consumption that shows how cool the owner is. You could just as easily ask why people still buy paper books instead of just using an e-reader. Two of the most important pieces of furniture in a SWPL apartment are an overflowing bookcase and a turntable stereo system. They both make the owner look more intellectual, creative, etc. Also the line, “how about you come up and we listen to a record” is a much better closer than inviting a girl in for “coffee” or “Netflix and chill.”


    May 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    • Most SWPLs waste their money on books with resale value close to nil, hence their money is burnt quickly, like an order of expensive sushi, consumed in less than 5 minutes. I’ve never understood why people would blow their money away on titles, that illuminates a fleeting memory, like many of Lion’s posts. Of course, many SWPLs are no different from proles, who buy titles like “50 Shades of Grey”.

      A real book snob would only own tomes, with academic and antiquarian value.


      May 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    • Ebooks are great, but a real book will still work in twenty years.

      King George III

      May 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

      • If civilization decays to the extent that there are no more ebooks, maybe stockpiling of canned food and guns and ammo would be better than keeping books.

      • The world doesn’t necessarily have to decay that badly, though frankly at this point nothing would surprise me. But an ebook reader won’t work in twenty years, while a real book will for two hundred. And if Mr. Bob up above is right then the vast majority of ebooks may be living on the computer equivalent of slow-burning flash paper. I’ll have to look into longevity of storage media.

        King George III

        May 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

      • I still have computer files from the 1990s, and I never even backed up my data, I just copy them from computer to computer. Luckily, hard drives keep getting bigger and bigger.

  13. I think it’s nostalgia. I still accumulate books, even though I do 90 percent of my reading online and have easy access to libraries where I can borrow just about anything I could possibly want to read or consult.

    Unlike books, records don’t have much of a shelf presence, though.


    May 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

  14. I probably have around 700 vinyl albums many, if not most, of which I picked up for next to nothing in the early 80s at used records stores when everybody was dumping their album collections in favor of CDs. My objective was to get a big stack of music while the getting was good (for my own use not resale, I’m not a collector). This was the era when if you didn’t own it you didn’t hear it.


    May 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

  15. All these comments and not a single mention of DJs, who see value in the skill of learning to mix vinyl. That’s gotta be a big part of it.


    May 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  16. Even an ordinary Vinyl, turntable/receiver setup will sound different from CDs. More “warm” in tone, and a bit cooler. Also, a number of discs are available only on vinyl, not sadly CD. CDs are convenient for ripping, however you can rip with Audacity and and a USB / RCA cable input quite nicely. The same trick works good for cassette tapes — I had a bunch of old Teaching Company lectures I converted this way to MP3s.

    MP3s suck, in audio quality, save for the portability that it will play on any player.

    Japan is experiencing a resurgence of cassette tapes, and old style Walkman players. Nostalgia and a lack of good MP3 players are part of it — most phones today lack a Micro SDHC slot for expansion memory.

    I have a lot of old LPs, many of them fairly difficult to impossible to find on DVD — classical works, some 80’s stuff, etc. I am slowly moving them to MP3 with Audacity but I plan on keeping my copies.

    My LPs will be playable in thirty years; they don’t degrade if stored properly. Try that with an MP3 file (bitrot).


    May 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    • There’s also a social, and anti-ADD aspect to vinyl. You put an album side on, and you let the whole thing play. And you often do it in the company of others. There’s an indie coffee shop in Ridgewood, NJ where the owner has one of the only Clover machines since Starbucks bought the company. He also has a turntable, and, last time I was there, his 20-year-old employees were playing classic rock albums from the ’70s on it. A change of pace from everyone listening to individually curated whatever on their ear buds or headphones.

      David Pinsen

      May 26, 2016 at 3:20 am

  17. Also easier to snort coke off an album cover.


    May 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm

  18. I’ve bought some albums on vinyl (still stashed in cupboard somewhere, except to the ones my hipster son-in-law took), on 8-track, on cassette tapes, on CD’s and from iTunes. So I’ve paid for the same music 5 times.


    May 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm

  19. CD’s have one advantage, as per this story: In the ’90s on the Berkeley campus, we had a regular Mon-Wed-Fri lunch hour basketball game that was mostly black. An occasional player was a 6’5″ block of marble and aspiring rapper who called himself “Premo.” Next to the campus was a record store with a sidewalk bargain bin. One day, one of our regulars, a skinny law student from Beverly Hills who everybody called “Goldstein,” came into the gym, waved a CD around, and said, “Hey Premo, I bought your album. Ten Cents!” Bunch of brothers rolling around on the floor in stitches.


    May 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    • Did “Premo” subsequently introduce “Goldstein” to the Knockout Game?

      E. Rekshun

      May 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

  20. Isn’t the sound quality of CDs much better than mp3s?


    May 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    • Typical American music consumers tend to be very stupid, many profess that the (mono) sound they hear is superior to a good home stereo system, and the popularity of “beats” headphones shows that America buys style over substance or quality. People believe that which makes them happy and swill has a higher perceived value when served in a heavy glass that makes it feel more substantial instead of a plastic cup, even though it’s the same swill. The two advantages vinyl records have of CD’s is the cover art work isn’t shrunk and vinyl if properly stored will outlast many kinds of CD’s that tend to deteriorate through slow delamination even when kept in the dark.


      May 26, 2016 at 3:35 am

      • You make a good point. I once sold a Rolling Stones LP, to a collector. I initially told him, that the vinyl has deep scratches, and there are a few segments that skip and repeat. He didn’t mind at all. His real desire was to own the large album sleeve.


        May 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • A famous album-cover designer was Phil Hartman.


        May 27, 2016 at 12:06 am

  21. Audiophiles annoy me. I’m going to start using JS’s term “musical masturbation”. Not that I don’t have a couple of favorite songs or musicians/composers myself. But I’m generally not that into music. Anything I want to listen to I can find on youtube. If I want music on the go I’ll download it to my MP3 player. And, for the road, I’ll plug my MP3 player into an adapter and listen to it through the car’s audio. It’s quick, easy, free and I can create or modify the playlist as my preferences change. Plus, I can even put an audio book on it. Vinyl is obsolete. Then, again, so are CD’s. What few I had I tossed years ago. I don’t even have a turntable or CD player. Unless you count the CD players that came in my computer and car. I don’t have a stereo or boombox either. Just an MP3 player and a small portable AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather radio. Neither get very much use.


    May 26, 2016 at 1:33 am

  22. If you grew up with vinyl, the short running time isn’t all bad. Having a finite experience with a specific piece of music or album with pauses and silences between allows it to be absorbed more thoughtfully than when music runs on indefinitely.

    Herb Dregs+

    May 26, 2016 at 5:05 am

  23. At least at one point in time, every CD that was pressed required a royalty be paid to the consortium that developed it, which includes Sony and Philips.

    So, for the type of person who is interested in not paying “the man” for the music they buy, particularly if the music is (left-wing) political and on an independent label, there has long been demand for vinyl.

    Granted, the royalty is/was tiny, but it’s the principle of the thing. Plus it’s signaling to the rest of their network, which probably has similar values.


    May 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

  24. In addition to vinyl player, you should also have a vacuum tube amplifier.


    May 26, 2016 at 8:02 am

  25. It’s a kinda-sorta sane human impulse, taken to a ridiculous degree. This explanation requires that you assume that most, if not all, of the people buying new vinyl are white: People who feel threatened often retreat into a sort of nostalgia. So they start finding ways to distinguish themselves as a group/tribe, often using consumer goods to do so. You can put a lot of the “hipster” stuff in that category. Sure, they’re ridiculous, but no more so than the non white sub-tribes and the latter don’t attract anywhere near as much vitriol. (Probably because no one dares, but still.) At least they’re trying something different.

    It’s an impulse that has been behind some of the most innovative cultural renaissances but yes, vinyl does seem unusually masochistic.


    May 26, 2016 at 8:27 am

  26. The sound quality of wax cylinders has never been surpassed, IMHO.

    Mark Caplan

    May 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

  27. Why does anyone buy vinyl?

    Because they think it’s cool.

    But if you’re unwilling to pirate your music because you are honest, then you will often find it’s less expensive to buy a used CD (which you can then rip into MP3s) than it is to buy the downloadable MP3s from Amazon.

    I download all my music (including LotB’s recently highlighted Cyndi Lauper, ‘Til Tuesday, Fountains of Wayne, and Tommy Tutone) from Amazon at about $0.99 per song. My collection is now over 300 songs all full stored on a 64G flash drive – one for the car, one for the boat, and one for the gym – all classic rock, some ’80s pop, and limited hip hop and R&B.

    E. Rekshun

    May 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

  28. About fifteen years ago, in preparation for a move into a new apartment, I sold all my old ’70s forty-fives to a record shop. I got about $50 for about fifty of them.

    E. Rekshun

    May 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

  29. Heads up, Trump has reached 1237.


    May 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

  30. Just more special snowflake, hipster pretense…
    Vinyl recordings = “gluten-free music”

    Nedd Ludd

    May 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    • The organic label is more appropriate.

      Imagine a LP shop in a SWPL neighborhood, called “Organic Analog”. Free from digitized enhancements.


      May 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    • No, everyone knows that Vinyl recordings = “free range chicken”

      E. Rekshun

      May 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    • As I understand it the main reason for experiencing vinyl music is that it’s analog sound. If my apt was larger I’d keep my turntable setup to use, sadly my place is too cramped for that.


      May 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm

  31. I think it was Pizza Hut that had a personal jukebox at each booth. I used to take my girlfriend there when we were 16 y/o. Back then, the jukbox would let you select three songs for 50 cents, then a mechanical arm in the machine would pull the 45 from an ordered stack and the machine would play it. Are jukeboxes still around?

    E. Rekshun

    May 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    • I remember jukeboxes!

    • Still there at Gaspare’s Pizza in SF, three songs for a quarter. Also the site of a scene in Blue Jasmine.


      May 30, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  32. “Why does anyone buy vinyl?… scratch, scratch, scratch.”

    This is too good! Out of the blue, Lion posts something about my main hobby since the late 1970s!

    This is a target-rich environment, but let me say that Lion’s “scratch, scratch” rant tells me everything I need to know about his (and most people’s) relationship with vinyl.

    My heart agrees with “Nick Goods” and “whiskeysplace,” but I think that “bob” is right.

    This is similar to the discussion about wine: things and names like terroir and Lafitte and Cabernet Franc are hoaxes, Sicilian and Tunisian red wine and Burgundy First Cru red wine are the same and cheap wine is just as good as expensive wine because of chemical analysis and blind tasting, etc,. and Beethoven’s Eight is the same as the latest rap song because both are just music and there is no inherent difference between them. This is scientism at its worst, just made for today’s mass stupidity. Quantity has a quality all of its own, as the Soviet general supposedly said.

    The reality is that just like the palate can be trained to discover important differences in wines and grapes, the ear can be trained to hear what normal listeners don’t hear. That’s what makes your hobby a great one, just like driving a Ducati in Mugello is on a different motorcycling plane to an enthusiast like my son than it is to me.

    Digital technology keeps on improving, but listening to a pristine LP reissue by Analogue Productions or Speakers Corner of an original RCA or Mercury Living Presence on a great modern turntable (VPI Classic, Rega RP10, AMG V12) and cartridge (Soundsmith The Voice, AMG Teatro, DS Audio W1) is something you have to experience to really be able to talk about and compare to your daily experience with the lowly CD and Lion’s old scratchy LPs. And, of course, the rest of the stereo system has to be really good for you to hear the difference, but hopefully that will be part of a future post by Lion.


    May 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    • No here said Tunisian wines, were just as good top quality French wines.

      SWPLs distinguish themselves with eclecticism. For example, higher class individuals have a broader range of tastes, when it comes to music.

      And my previous sentence proves that most American bourgeois types, are slightly more cosmopolitan than their one horse town brethren.


      May 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

      • JS: analogy, analogy.


        May 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

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