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Vinyl Quality

I'm very new to vinyl so what I would like to ask is very few related simple questions regarding vinyl quality.

Albums that have 12-13 minutes of music at most (double vinyl albums) on each side are generally better quality than those that have 20+ minutes (single vinyl) ??

Does the quality of the turntable matter with respect to the above differentiation (if any) ?? Should I refrain from bying single vinyl albums ??

 How about those that are 45 rpm's ? Even better ??

For the time being I can find a big difference in my project genie between single and double vinyl albums.

 Thanks Smile

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12" Singles generally have excellent dynamics compared to an album version of the same track (or a 7" single) but they are usually dance re-mixes and that may not be a good idea unless you enjoy extended/re-mixed versions.

I have never come across an album with only 12 - 13 minutes on it so I cannot comment on those and I don't come across 45rpm LPs much either.

Just buy for the music you most enjoy (whatever size or speed) and do your best to get disks that are in great condition.


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LPs with less music recorded on each side usually have a greater amplitude - the size of the bumps in the grooves - which means that the music is usaually better, more dynamic/louder. If the try to squeeze more music into the same physical space, 20-25 minutes or more, the groove are finer, with less amplitude, thus are usually quieter, less dynamic. These differences are apparent on any player, but will obviously sound better on a better player, which can recover more information from the grooves. 45 rpm discs also mean that although less music is recorded onto them, they can accommodate more information in the grooves, as each bit of information is recorded onto a longer space, thus being effectively larger, rather than being compressed or cramped up.


A better quality player will always recover more information from the grooves, resulting in greater music enjoyment, and this applies to both  record quality and players. You should buy whatever appeals to your musical tastes, and seek out specialist shops and dealers - I bought  45 rpm discs by Art Garfunkel, and Gary Moore, leaving a Def Leppard disc, only this afternoon-so  all sorts of music is available.


 


 

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Many thanks for the replies Smile Really appreciated chebby and geoffrey Big Smile

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Thought i would chuck this little banger on the grill. Her music may not be your cup of tea noble but..........Try to ponce Bjorks 'debut'  (one little indian reissue) half speed direct metal mastering, 45rpm. Totaly stunning sound quality, it blows the original 33rpm into the weeds. In this instance,in answer to your 'are 45rpm better'. Yup by a country mile.

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Thanks floyd, I really like bjork. Will check it out! Hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to buy it. Big Smile

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Start saving,sorry mate,but its worth it trust me. Wink

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Big SmileWill do! Lots of stuff there from other artists too, using this technique. And was wondering why some albums on amazon are quite overpriced. It doesn't mention anything regarding vinyl quality or cutting technology. Thanks again :-)

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noble:

I'm very new to vinyl so what I would like to ask is very few related simple questions regarding vinyl quality.


Albums that have 12-13 minutes of music at most (double vinyl albums) on each side are generally better quality than those that have 20+ minutes (single vinyl) ??


Does the quality of the turntable matter with respect to the above differentiation (if any) ?? Should I refrain from bying single vinyl albums ??


 How about those that are 45 rpm's ? Even better ??


For the time being I can find a big difference in my project genie between single and double vinyl albums.


 Thanks Smile



I concur with Chebby - however, many years ago, some friends of mine used to say that LP's generally had a better sound quality due to the fact that the grooves are closer together, and apparantly, it equates to the arm tracking better and thus resulting in a crisper overall sound quality. Even though I have a substantial vinyl collection, I only have limited amounts here due to lack of space. I'll try dig out some 7" singles and try to compare the 12" version and see whether my ears can detect a difference.

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Hi, Enjoying your post, a good question and well answered as usual by the likes of Chebby et al.


Pricing of vinyl might be down to the quantity as opposed to quality as many albums these days are pressed onto 180 or even 200gram vinyl. These are often limited number pressings and cost accordingly. The quality increased likewise.

Loads of second hand expensive kit!

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Thank you all for your replies!  Smile What the hell!! I got this . I hope its a Direct Metal Master one!

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noble:Thank you all for your replies!  Smile What the hell!! I got this . I hope its a Direct Metal Master one!


The most important thing is to enjoy the music.....enjoy your hi-fi.

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noble:Thank you all for your replies!  Smile What the hell!! I got this . I hope its a Direct Metal Master one!

Nope cancel it now if you are after a DMM 45rpm. Its a cracking pressing but sorry bud its 33rpm. It is DMM though.

 

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Can't anymore, actually on the label's website under the description it says that depending on what sounds best, it is recorded on either 33 or 45. For an example you can see here. If it's dmm it's good enough I guess, at least for an evaluation. Thanks again!

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Ive got that album, on the one little indian label, and mines 33rpm, as i said its still a good un.

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Oh, so you are saying it good, but not quite as good as debut then... Well, there's always the next purchase...

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