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Difference Between 33, 45, and 78 Records?

Difference Between 33, 45, and 78 Records?

Records, vinyl, LPs. These are all words that describe the same thing. But this wasn’t always the case. LPs, for example, didn’t enter the lexicon until 1948. And before vinyl, there were only shellac records. Now, as record sales are skyrocketing, the age-old questions are resurfacing. One, in particular, has to do with three numbers: 33, 45, and 78. These numbers refer to the rate at which the record spins on the record player, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Most high-quality record players will come equipped to turn at these three standard speeds. But the question remains: What is...

Jul 17, 2019

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Does Music Really Sound Better on Vinyl?

Does Music Really Sound Better on Vinyl?

It’s a debate held by purists and novices alike––does vinyl music really sound better than digital music? People argue that it’s a dispute rooted in nostalgia. And while this is certainly true for some, the younger generations have grown up in a fully digitalized musical world. Can you really be nostalgic for something your parents didn’t even grow up listening to?  Before getting too mired down in the poetic nuances of reminiscence, let’s first explore the technical difference between digital and analog music. How does that music actually get from the studio airwaves to your eardrums in the first place?...

Jul 16, 2019

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How to Choose a Record Player

How to Choose a Record Player

Dear music connoisseurs everywhere… it is official. Vinyl is making a comeback. So much so, in fact, that in 2017 sales of vinyl records hit all-time highs, the highest they’d been since 1991, despite the decline in sales of digital downloads and other physical media that is often spoken about in this day and age. However, according to some sources, vinyl sales are actually thought to be underreported, since industry figures don’t count the sales of used vinyl. They also tend to undercount the sales of new vinyl records, both of which skew the overall numbers quite drastically. Since none of the revenue from...

Jun 19, 2019

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Best Record Player Speakers

Best Record Player Speakers

Speakers can make or break a turntable setup. They’ll either be the foundation you need for your unit, or they won’t be able to provide the quality of audio your turntable can produce. Having the best record player speakers to play your vinyl records will enhance the sound quality and your overall music listening experience. It’ll go from “this sounds great,” to “this is some of the best audio I’ve ever listened to.” Additionally, if you own a turntable that has a built-in speaker, chances are your vinyl collection isn’t being played to its full potential. In any case, read...

Jun 19, 2019

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How a Vinyl Record is Made

How a Vinyl Record is Made

The creation of vinyl records in the mid-19th century revolutionized the way we experience music and will forever be a part of record players history. Since then, the popularity of vinyl waxed and waned as new technologies emerged. However, in recent years, vinyl has seen a massive resurgence. In 2018 alone, 16.8 million vinyl records were sold, marking the 13th consecutive year of vinyl sales growth. If you’re a newcomer to the world of vinyl and starting to collect some of your very own records, check out our related posts, Tips for Starting a Vinyl Collection and Vinyl Record Price Guide, to...

Jun 17, 2019

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