Hi guy!! I'm hoping to get further inspiration from a 'hobby' which i didn't know i had.
In the 80's i accrude some albums, Various Now albums (including the first) as well as loads of singles, loads from old jukeboxes that were being changed over etc.
Anyway these have travelled with the family since and haven't been used - most people would throw them away but i didn't for some reason.
Last week i purchase a Sony LX250H turntable.. probably crap i know but it was only £9.99. I've replaced the needle and managed to sort the 'balance' out as it's not user adjustable. Immediately we (the family) were blown away by how amazing these records sounded to us. Far better than MP3, dare i say even CD if you ignore the pops, hiss and crackles which i feel add to the atmosphere.
In fact, rather than create a boring mp3 playlist we were stacking various albums and single up for me to load them up on the deck... it was a brilliant and very hands on experience that i'd lost (and the kids had never ever even seen).
My confusion is with the material available to buy and also whether to bother buying it - i like varied music including from the likes of The Killers, Coldplay, a couple of Adele tracks, David Guetta, Katy Perry and even (ahem) lady gaga (mainly the wife).
Are these modern vinyl albums simply taken from the CD and therefore a bit of a bit of a con, or is there some way that i can identify whether a more up to date vinyl is actually going to offer the same kind of soundstage as the old '80s records that i have?
I'm even finding it difficult to actual put my finger on what it is about the 80's albums that i have that make it better.. could it be placebo effect and purely that i know that a pretty tonearm is actually mechanically feeding the music to me, or is there more to it?
Barry (yes i love pinball)