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:: Posted by jbricker on June 30, 2015

Any plans to - DARE I SAY IT?? - film a show or three?

Heavy vinyl
:: Posted by Bakullama on June 30, 2015

Masonori, I donít think there is really any good reason for 200 gram vinyl except that it looks and feels cool.... Some may tell you that it delivers more low end or bass... Not sure I believe that though. i guess its a trend or fad but I enjoy owning them for some strange reason.

There is something about weight that translates into quality in our minds perhaps. Words like solid, strong, heavy, thick, etc. all better to hear than thin, flimsy, lightweight.

Iím pretty sure I have mentioned this before here but I think that one of vinyls plusses when it comes to sound quality compared to digital, is its imperfection... Vinyls slight wow and flutter help to "vibrate" the air and space in a room.... Giving a sense of warmth or performance. Whereas digital sound is precise and clinically direct... Analog "has an air about it" so to speak. I even prefer cassette tape to CD. For years I owned a huge reel to reel tape machine and was purchasing reels on ebay... They really sounded fantastic. Again, there was wow and flutter that coerced the sound in the air, making it feel very much alive.

Then again I have a pretty wild imagination that I try to maintain in spite of technicalities and audiophile factoids.

:: Posted by masanori on June 30, 2015

What is an advantage of being "heavy" weight on vinyl, instead of less heavy??

Iím still looking for the answer. Not only I love to know that, but also Iím wondering if something else is more vital on vinyl sonically than being "heavy".

While I donít like to listen to "sound" when listening to music, some months ago I noticed that even though I often see "heavy weight" in information of new vinyl release today, some of my vinyl copies from 1980s and even 1970s sound like delivering richer sound than ones from todayís in "heavy weight" vinyl in general. For example, during these months I was shockingly blown away by the "sound" of Vangelisís Chariots Of Fire album. Itís much much lighter vinyl, but something I have not yet experienced before with todayís "heavy weight". Of course, Iím not comparing the two in details because Iím not comparing with the same music. But I started wondering: Being "heavy weight" is really so important on end result sonically, or musically??

BTW I think more than 80 percent of music I bought in last 12 months happened to be on vinyl. I have always chosen vinyl if available also on vinyl, even during all the period since CD started appearing in shops. So I have not changed my mind at all, but of course I spent years in which most of music I bought were on CD.

Re; Chris Squire at Classic Rock
:: Posted by Valhalla on June 29, 2015

Excellent article from Sid. Squire was the man for rock bass playing to my ears! I went to a classic Yes gig in Sydney back in 2003, his sound was a chest pounding experience ! You could feel it big time from the 11 row directly in front! What an experience it was, witnessing those guys playing that music in their prime, immaculate indeed! I was thinking about him last night & hoping he wasnít in too much stress with the chemo & the like. i logged on to DGM first thing this morning to see the comment from microbunny & what horrible news indeed! Squireís diagnosis was of a fatal kind from what I read about it, but to go so soon. His family are who i think of! What a devastating loss for them.
It was good to read Jon Andersonís comments & that they both re connected recently. RIP

Re; New Vinyl
:: Posted by Valhalla on June 28, 2015

Bakullama , interesting to hear about your newer vinyl albums! Thanks for the feedback on that issue! I donít know anyone these days who purchases albums, so i donít have any first hand experience as to their sound quality. Cheers.

Vale Chris Squire
:: Posted by Valhalla on June 28, 2015

Terrible news to hear of his passing. He would be my favourite bass guitarist, melodic, inventive, creative & a sound that was off this planet! Also a wonderful vocalist, Squire & Jon Anderson were instrumental to the success of Yes! RIP

Chris Squire
:: Posted by microbunny on June 28, 2015

Very saddened to hear of Chris Squireís passing.

A superb bassist and writer who will be greatly missed.


Re: Young Vinyl
:: Posted by nuages on June 28, 2015

The user emory0 is on to something. I myself am probably considered one of the younger listeners emory0 speaks of. I do collect the vinyl records which have been heavily discussed here.

However, there is a major reason I collect, and I know many others to collect as well. Many younger listeners simply collect vinyl for the hobby. It is very fun just to go out and look at these records.

I personally collect records for the hobby aspect.

There is just something inherently "fun" about going out of the house, going to the local record store, looking at records, even listening to them at the. turntables for listening to them in store. On top of that, many others look for new music on vinyl, once again, as a hobby.

YOUNG vinyl
:: Posted by emory0 on June 28, 2015

I think itís worth noting that this resurgence in vinyl (10 million vinyl records will be sold in the US this year) is occurring with YOUNGER people, people who may not have even owned many CDs but had everything on mp3 or even just streamed the music.

So itís not exactly a nostalgia thing. Vinyl seems to be filling a missing piece in the lives of younger listeners.

And after this many years of vinyl resurgence (and at this rate of 10MM/year), itís already beyond being a fad, even if the market crumpled next year. This was and remains a very significant trend. Why is this happening? Sound quality, maybe, at least compared to mp3s. Also, kids are listening to a lot of the old music too, so maybe something about the way music used to be made (ie, in sessions with musicians working together, as opposed to a guy flipping switches in his basement studio). Dunno.

As for me I donít own any vinyl anymore, sadly, because it simply takes up too much space.

As for the OPPO universal digital player: I have one and agree it is excellent. I also own a largely retired LINN (which cost a LOT more), and sound quality-wise, the difference between the two is pretty hard to detect (the LINN is a little more refined-sounding, the OPPO a little more guttural, to put it in exaggerated terms).

New vinyl
:: Posted by Bakullama on June 27, 2015

Valhalla, I have quite a few "NEW" Lps that I suspect were simply copied from a CD or other digital source... One on Earmark that stands out in my mind is Johnny Thunders "Heartbreakers" (formerly called L.A.M.F.)... Also my Marvin Gaye "Whats goin on" sounds fishy... One exceptionally good and true New analog reissued Lp I own is Funkadelics maggot brain... The Earmark Lps while beautifully packaged 200 gram vinyl sound suspiciously like copied CDs and very flat with dull dynamics. How can you prove it, and would it matter to anyone? Probably not.

But my 35 year old copy of LAMF (on the old UK "Track" label, with its age and few pops, sounds 100% better than the NEW VINYL earmark reissue.

I also have re-issue of Keith Tippetts "dedicated to you but..." On the french KARMA label and it sounds fantastic... So its pretty hit and miss.

Nevertheless, I love playing the old LPs, but I do own tons of CDs as well and a huge Ipod thats loaded to the gills with god knows what.

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