Despite technological advances in today’s recording industry, there are many who argue that music heard on the old “long play” or “LPs” made of vinyl have a better sound quality than the more common Compact Disc (CDs) or the digital downloads. Advances such as these are supposed to deliver a product with superior sound quality, however, a seasoned audiophile would still prefer listening to vinyl recordings over CDs and downloads. Here’s why.
Vinyl lps reproduced analog signals from the recordings made in a sound studio. Without getting too technical, the analog signal captured a sound that is similar to a live performance as opposed to the more common digital signal heard in a CD or download. Many who prefer vinyl feel that digital signals do not quite re-create the authentic sound in vinyl.
While new vinyl releases virtually disappeared with the advent of the CD, there has been enough demand from audiophlies to reissue classic recordings on vinyl again. Truthfully, vinyl has never disappeared. In most large cities, there are used music stores where you can find many used vinyl lps. For collectors of rare hard to find vinyl lps, the best sources have been on eBay and on Amazon.