So I got my 1st record player a little over a year ago and I f***ing love it. Hearing sh!t on record has really opened up music for me beyond what I thought possible. In fact, I have a new pet theory that CD's and mp3's, while much more convenient, have ruined good music for the generations that have only had these mediums available to them. On CD or mp3 Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift might not sound appreciably different than say Bob Dylan or Paul Simon, but the differences on wax are readily apparent as there is so much more to hear on a Bob Dylan record than there is on his CD's. And I'm pretty sure the same could not be said for Swift or Gaga (not that I've taken the time to find out).
One of the biggest examples of the difference between CD and vinyl for me was when I heard Low End Theory on vinyl. The album, which I loved before, suddenly was much more fuller and livelier. And my appreciation for the music grew dramatically even though my appreciation was already pretty high to begin with.
With that said, being a relative newby to vinyl, I still have some questions that maybe some of you true vinyl heads can answer:
1. What makes some record players better than others? I have a crosley, which I like, but I can tell that it was made more for looks than performance. When I get around to buying a better one, what should I be looking for?
2. Why do some older records sound better than new ones (even the 180 gram ones)? My guess is that newer recorded albums aren't recorded for vinyl so the music gets lost in translation when they get put on vinyl as they were recorded to maximize their digital sound. My biggest problem with some newer records is that there seems to be a limit on the volume and/or fullness that I can get out of the record. And maybe this is related to my first question, as the problem could be with my turntable as opposed to the recording.
3. Is recording getting to be better such that soon there won't be a difference between records and mp3's? For example (and this is related to the last question), I know that 12sp and Highlighter were recorded to get the highest quality digital recording possible. And, for 12sp at least, there seems to be better sound quality when I listen to the album as an mp3 on my headphones than it does on vinyl, though I do get that fuller sound with the vinyl. And again, maybe this is due to my record player.
4. What kind of maintenance should I be doing?
Your thoughts would be much appreciated... And please feel free to bring up any other issues that come to mind.