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Sony to restart vinyl record production after three-decade hiatus

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A good investment. There is currently a massive vinyl shortage globally so producers are scrambling for production

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now THAT is a rare good idea from a large Japanese company

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Good plan, I love vinyl, but new records cost the earth. Best I can hope for usually is picking up some good stuff cheap at Hard Off or somewhere like that and occasionally get a new release if I'm feeling rich!

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This is good news, but Sony should be careful with this market. It is likely to fade away again once people born in the 80's and 90's start getting older.

Sony might be smart to look at the LOMO style film market as well. Profits abound in hipster world. But it won't last forever. Film sales have been up recently but will dip just like vinyl sales will in 10-15 years.

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Excellent. This way when a cyber attack or EMP knocks out all electronics, I won't be forced to listen to 70s music on record...I can listen to the latest hits with a record and a horn...please include a windup option on the record players.

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The sound quality is probably better, but on the convenience scale, it ranks pretty low.

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I remember vinyl records but not fondly. They are a pain to use, take up a lot of space and are easy to damage. However if people like them, go for it!

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I grew up with Vinyl and Casettes, nothing else was available.

Current Interest is by millenials who only heard about them, walkman is also in fad again.

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I like old records. It's nostalgic and something I grew up with. I know a lot of people go through the old and used bins at books and music stores looking for that hard to find classic to keep or to sell..., but I am not sure how many people are going to bother buying them brand new.

Just like old video games, I love retro, but not digital ones. It simply is not the same. There is something to be said to own the originals, whether first hand or second hand. But these "new" vinyls are just that, new vinyls or copies of the classics.

I mean I never sat down and said to my self, geeze... I wish they would make Beyonce, Prodigy, Metallica or Darius Rucker on vinyl just so I could listen to them. And these have to be more expensive then just CDs due to materials and manufacturing processes.

Also it will be much harder to jog with a large heavy record player and the music will keep skipping...

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I would be interested in albums again for the high fidelity sound, cover/sleeve art and listening to songs in the order they were intended to be heard if nothing else but obtaining a high quality player to get the warm analog feeling these days is a huge investment.

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That depends a lot on your definition of high quality.

Turntables are not disproportionately expensive within their segment of the audio market. They are designed to be connected to a standalone amplifier as part of a component-based audio system. If you don't have such a system, unless you have gone the rather more niche route (but a fast-growing one, thanks to the increasing importance of digital files and DAC) of building a well thought-out system around a headphone amplifier and good headphones, then high quality was never a strong concern to start with. There's no end of cheap, tiny speakers and all-in-one type systems which provide great convenience but are hampered by a combination of concerns that rules out quality: chiefly size, cost, versatility, looks.

But anyone genuinely interested in quality and in hearing albums on vinyl shouldn't rule out buying a turntable simply on grounds of cost. There are many inexpensive entry-level but very respectable models available from the likes of Dual, Project, or Rega. Japanese makers are also still in the market, mainly in the more DJ-oriented segment: Pioneer makes a competitor to the Technics 1200 - practically a knockoff - for about 45,000 yen. It isn't much money, quite frankly, but even to those whose financial situation is such that they would say it is, you can easily throw together a very nice separates system in this country by buying secondhand gear, which can be as little as a few thousand yen per unit. Speakers aside, I could go out today and put together a secondhand CD + turntable + amp system for 12,000 yen, if that was my budget.

Your bigger concern with vinyl, as with all analogue sources, is that it demands a higher level of care and maintenance than digital (in addition, you periodically need to replace either the stylus or the cartridge). That's just part of the deal, and neglect tends to have consequences quite quickly. It isn't all that different from needing to apply some basic care to your bicycle from time to time. Despite that, both records and record players are really quite robust if treated with a little consideration.

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What goes around, comes around!

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The last time I got out my turntable I found the rubber drive band had perished.

I believe CDs have the potential to sound better than records, but the sound on many modern CDs is compressed to the point that they may be no different to, or worse than, records. The "warm" analogue sound of records that people rave about may not exist on records made from digital source material (though I'm sure some people will still claim it's there).

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