Yes, vinyl has that wonderful, warm sound. But — now hear us out here — CDs have some pretty redeeming qualities, too. So which one really is better?
We’re thrilled labels are bringing vinyl back, and we’re happy to pay a premium. But flimsy covers and brand-new records with skips and scratches? Not so much.
The familiar flat black platter has been creeping back into our lives for a few years now. “Vinyl never went away. it was the record companies that deserted it, believing they could make better margins out of CDs,” says Keith Jones of U.K. independent record label Fruits de Mer Records.
Once upon a time, you played an album, and you didn’t simply listen to it. You became involved in it. Now, for all the advances and adventures that recorded sound has enjoyed over the decades, have we lost that connection?