It just sounds better, ya know?
When you first drop that needle to spin a new, crisp album, do you ever feel the need to close your eyes and smile and just say, “Mmmmm”.
No? Just me?
Anyway, what I’m trying to describe is the rich, warm sound that radiates from vinyl, making you wish you were sitting by the fire with some warm fuzzy socks, even in the middle of July. Truth be told, vinyl sounds this way to us because of the range of sounds it gives off. Vinyl is very “mid-range”, allowing our ears to listen back to the tracks in nearly the exact way that we hear music organically.
If we’re debating the mathematical quality of digital music vs. analog, there is hardly a competition. Most music we hear in the world, be it through CDs, streaming devices, or on the radio, is stored and broadcasted in what is called a lossy format. In simple terms, this means that the quality of the recording is reduced. This is due to the fact that audio must be compressed in order to be small enough to be stored on a phone or broadcasted over airwaves.
Unfortunately, if you are listening to an audio in lossy format, there is no way you are getting the full quality and sound that track is capable of.
So how does vinyl do it?
Vinyl is an analog format and therefore a lossless format as well. As you may have guessed from the name, lossless quite simply means that no quality has been lost from the original recording to the pressing of the record. The album sounds just as good as the artist and producer intended.
But wait, there's more!
If this isn’t enough to sway you to the vinyl side, there is another distinguishable factor when it comes to vinyl vs. digital when we look at the perils of the loudness war.
The loudness war was a concept that arose with the popularity of digital music and CDs. Once it became possible to artificially engineer a track to be louder than it naturally was, producers did just that. Much to the dismay of digital music, this engineering tactic has a largely detrimental outcome on the quality of the audio. It distorts the sound and can strip the recording of its original texture and depth.
Luckily, vinyl escaped the trend of the “loudness war” for the most part and kept the quality and integrity if its sound that we are familiar with today.
Vinyl, my old friend <3
Although vinyl is one of the oldest musical recording technologies we have, its quality and value elevate it to a medium that is here to stay. An oldie but a goodie as we say, vinyl is the closest thing we have to a near-perfect listening device for our favorite albums.
So start spinning! Grow your collection today with Magnolia Record Club and see for yourself why we love that vinyl sound.