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More vinyl silliness

More vinyl silliness

My lovely wife was up at the Danbury Mall yesterday and stopped in a record store and picked up new, 180g LPs of two of my all-time favorite albums for me 😁

So I took a listen through with the cartridge that came with the turntable (AT91R) and then changed it out with the better one I bought along with the turntable (VM95E) and listened again. And damn, it really does sound better 😏
 
I hate to say it, but perhaps there really is something to this vinyl thing…
Spring!

Spring!


The flowers are starting to bloom 🙂 can’t wait for a little free time to come out with my bellows lens and get some pics!
Vinyl!

Vinyl!

When we go to London in the summer we will bring home my Dad’s record collection- he collected mostly London & Broadway cast recordings, and Simon has kindly packed them up for me in the 3 record boxes I ordered from Amazon and had delivered to Grove Rd. My research tells me that this is the safest way to bring them over, and our premium economy tickets allow us two bags each- and I’m hoping they don’t weigh enough to go into excess baggage!

But in preparation I had to get myself something to play them on- so I just got a new turntable to hook into our music system…

It’s nothing super audiophile or high-end, it’s an Audio Technica AT-LP3 belt-drive automatic with a built-in pre-amp (what Audio Technica calls a “step-up model”).

I know the purists will say automatics are awful and you need an outboard pre-amp, but I just wanted something that would sound OK and not ruin the records, and I have to say it actually sounds pretty good 🙂 We pulled our few remaining albums out of storage and have been enjoying a little retro listening.

I have a pair of (now vintage) Radio Shack Optimus Pro-LX5 speakers as the main set in our surround sound system (I know- Radio Shack, but look them up– they’re awesome with their Linaeum tweeters!), and with the powered subwoofer I have they sound lovely with vinyl.

Of course I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t ordered a better cartridge with an elliptical stylus along with the turntable, but I’m going to live with the conical one it came with for a week or so before I switch it out so I can see if there is a real difference.

I am not going to turn into a vinyl purist, but there is a certain something about listening with the odd crackle and pop- and I have to say- they actually do sound warmer. Can’t wait to get Dad’s records and start listening to them.