It’s Vinyl Records Day
“Let’s put on a stack of 45′s or a couple of LP’s”. If that sounds like Greek to you you’re probably not old enough to appreciate vinyl, as in vinyl records. For those of us who are old enough today is “Vinyl Records Day”, a day according to vinylrecordsday.com, is set aside for “The Preservation of the Cultural Influence, the Recordings and the Cover Art of the Vinyl Record”. Before you scoff check out what the experts say about the sound quality of vinyl versus CD’s.
A vinyl record has a groove carved into it that mirrors the original sound’s waveform. This means that no information is lost. The output of a record player is analog. It can be fed directly to your amplifier with no conversion. CD quality audio does not do a very good job of replicating the original signal. The main ways to improve the quality of a digital recording are to increase the sampling rate and to increase the accuracy of the sampling.
Modern CDs are mastered loudly in an attempt to stand out from others, but this results in an overcompressed recording that fatigues the ears. Because of their physical limitations, vinyl records don’t suffer from compression like CDs do.
Vinyl lovers in the Utica-Rome area can check out a great record store, Off-Center Records on Bleecker Street in downtown Utica.