For those interested, the story of how they added stereo capability to vinyl records while maintaining backwards compatibility with mono record players is really cool.
It’s almost as cool as how they added color to NTSC television broadcasts while maintaining compatibility with the existing base of black and white televisions.
I realize after posting this that the above may read as a joke. It’s not! It’s really cool!
I hear tomorrow night’s Hallmehrk movie may be a period piece in which a wealthy British aristocrat comes under fire from a group of protesters pushing for democratic rule. The aristocrat’s wife finds out the protest leader is a long lost cousin, and they try to find common ground through the Christmas holidays. Can the bond of family transcend the divide between the common man and nobility with the help of jolly St. Nick? Find out in “A Christmas Tory”.
@hachi05@IndianJesus Yes. Crappy needles, incorrectly aligned needles, overly lightly balanced tonearms (or overly heavy - though strangely too light can be worse than too heavy. Makes the needle bounce around the groove).
Vinyl can be awesome, but if you’re going to go there, go there with good and properly set up equipment!
@hachi05@IndianJesus@OnionSoup@shahnm Yep, somewhere I saw an electron-micrograph once of a record groove a) in its pristine unplayed state b) after one play. The difference was dramatic.
Electron micrographs of vinyl are fascinating in general too. There are even videos out there that purport to be live recordings at super-high-res of needles playing vinyl grooves. One guy did before-and-afters of a) dusty records after being left out unprotected b) the same record after debris removal.
@hachi05@IndianJesus@OnionSoup Over time, yes. But with a properly calibrated turntable/tonearm/cartridge/stylus, records will last a long time. But as @kensey suggested, the vinyl also needs to be cared for properly…
Part of the charm of vinyl is how very much of a pain in the ass it all is…
I don’t know how many people have thought "I sure do wish I had a lo-fi Bluetooth speaker the size of a suitcase that also played records, so I could lug that around and play Spotify on it.
But tons of people have very nice Bluetooth speakers, some thanks to our friends here at Meh. I bet more people might have music on vinyl that doesn’t exist on Spotify. Having the Bluetooth work the other way and being able to play vinyl on your nice Bluetooth speaker might be useful to them.
Of course, those people probably don’t want those records ruined, either.
@djslack vinyl is a terrible format (the “warmth” people like about it is just the vinyl degrading), with that said, I think there is a certain quirky-cool to having a record player. There is a certain value to be applied to uniqueness and quirkiness.
@mike808 This won’t either, as you know you have to have to change the stylus to on rated to play 78s, but I gather you are joking as this will destroy anything that comes in contact with it… so bluetooth is ok. (no contact)
@PhysAssist that looks like a USB audio interface/mixer paired with software on your computer. (Edit: on second thought, it doesn’t look like it’s USB, just a mixer). I’m assuming you want to use your existing record player and not something like the ion USB turntable. This would give you control over levels, but require a bit of interaction on the computer. You could do this with any USB audio interface (or even your line in jack) and Audacity free audio software, and also have control over what codec you use to save your audio files. Here’s one: http://m.interstatemusic.com/961092-Behringer-UFO202-Audiophile-USB-Audio-Interface-with-Built-in-Phono-Preamp-UFO202.aspx
I am not sure why anyone would want to stream other audio sources through these crappy speakers, now if you could CONNECT decent bluetooth speakers to bypass these then we have got something…of course would be at higher price point but I digress. Just got an audio-technica that transmits via bluetooth from my local independent record store, worth the extra bucks for better quality and to support locals who love music. This would be a cool gift for someone to start into vinyl but a good point above in that could ruin your vinyl as well.
I don’t understand these suitcase phonographs. Records aren’t really a portable format, so why would you get a portable player? Just get a nice tabletop model and a good set of powered computer speakers. I would recommend the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 as a good entry-level turntable and the Logitech Z323 Speaker Set does the job well. Good bass response and and mid-range.
I actually thought about one of these(different brand, but basically the same thing) for my aunt and uncle, but the reviews i read for the one i was looking at (a crosley) showed it to be overpriced gahbage. with extra craptacular speakers.
I only really wanted it for the Bluetooth function.
they wanted a non “smart speaker”(no siri/alexa/google, etc)wireless speaker they could stream music to in their dining room (from either their PC, or Surface), and a portable turntable wouldn’t look out of place with their aesthetic…
i’m probably over thinking it with the aesthetic thing, but… what can you do…