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  • 240GLT
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    Vintage audio and vinyl heaven in my new HIFI lounge in the basement I will admit I'm using my MacBook a lot more now that I have some neat RCA to HDMI converters but I still do buy the odd record and I'm buying more hip hop and old school EDM records at the moment. Most of my record collection is still boxed up from the reno, I'll unpack the rest of it in the fall when the weather changes and it's time to spend more time in the cave

    Last edited by 240GLT; 26-06-2019, 11:29 AM.

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  • KC
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    I just posted the global news article to another old music thread as there isn’t a dedicated old cassette music thread. Anyway, this is somewhat relevant to both threads.


    Vinyl and cassette sales saw double digit growth last year - The Verge
    Jan 6, 2019
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/6/18...wth-cd-decline




    Cassettes make unexpected comeback in the age of digital downloads | Globalnews.ca
    December 26, 2016

    “He suggests the audio quality on a good cassette deck is almost as good as vinyl and the production costs are much cheaper.”

    https://globalnews.ca/news/3103557/c...tal-downloads/



    Cassette Craze: Cassette tape popularity on the rise for music producers ...
    Jul. 26, 2018

    The rise of modern music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music brings with it the loss of a physical manifestation of the music. After about 40 years in decline, the vinyl industry has returned to the scene to fill this gap, accounting for about one out of every seven physical album sales, according to Billboard. However vinyl is not the only physical and nostalgic form of music in resurgence these days.

    Cassette tapes are making a comeback of its own, fueled by the cheap and easy production it takes to make one. According to Forbes, cassette sales grew by 74 percent in 2016 and by 35 percent in 2017, ...



    https://www.redandblack.com/culture/...cf42cbca6.html





    Hipster embrace of cassettes fuels demand for magnetic tape

    March 23, 2019


    A global shortage of the music-quality magnetic tape used in cassettes has helped the fortunes of two firms, riding the resurgence in popularity of cassettes.

    Across the US cassette tape album sales grew by 23 per cent in 2018, according to industry tracker Nielsen Music. Sales rose from 178,000 copies the year prior to 219,000.

    ...”


    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...over-mix-tape/


    From 2016:
    What’s old is new again as vinyl makes comeback at Calgary Music Collectors Show | Globalnews.ca

    https://globalnews.ca/news/2629842/w...llectors-show/






    Cross-referencing a related old format thread:


    What are the next 10 songs on your MP3 ?

    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/showt...gs-on-your-MP3
    Last edited by KC; 26-06-2019, 10:58 AM.

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  • howie
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    Yeah, I guess a guy wouldn't want to ruin the pristine vinyl by putting a stylus on it.

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  • Marcel Petrin
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    Yeah, I seem to recall reading an article somewhere that a lot of vinyl sold these days is never even listened to. I believe this was it, or similar: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/201...-listen-to-it/

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  • Spudly
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    At some point the analogue loss is just rounding error below human cognition and perception levels, and modern D-A conversion is decades past that point and now solely in the realm of Ya-But nitpickers still hung up on the old MP3 days or conflating it with the abominations of the Loudness Wars and hyper-EQing for broadcast play.

    Albums are popular because the sleeve materials are larger and better than for CDs, and all the ones I've seen come with a download code which I suspect people actually use instead of the platters.

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  • noodle
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    Higher sample rates & bit depths are still kludges when you're dealing with music that was recorded & mastered in an analogue format. Sure, you can put a lot of effort into minimizing the information loss that happens with the A/D conversion in a multitude of ways but it's always going to be there.

    That being said, I'm intrigued by some of the albums that are getting remastered in Dolby Atmos.

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  • Titanium48
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    No doubt there has been a lot of butchery of digital audio. The 44 kHz / 16 bit standard was developed as a compromise in the 1970s, then further degraded by clipping from excessive loudness and lossy compression. The odd part is that the response from those who demand better quality hasn't been demand for higher sample rates and bit depths and an end to excessive loudness and lossy compression, but instead this whole retro vinyl thing. I don't get it.

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  • noodle
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    Pretty stoked that one of my favourite albums of all time has gotten an expanded/deluxe, remastered vinyl edition. I'm tempted to grab it myself, but we're in the self-gratification blackout period where I don't buy myself stuff so my Xmas list isn't entirely gift cards.

    https://www.amazon.ca/Queen-Dead-Mas...dp/B073Z9DRFQ/

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  • Kitlope
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    Oh wow nice find Norwood. Looking like it was finally issued in Dec. 2015

    Thats' the thing about this whole record thing of the last 5 years or so, prices have gone up in general which sucks however the good news is stuff is becoming available to the public that's been OOP for many years or decades. Take the good with the bad I guess.

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  • norwoodguy
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    ^You mentioned a few years ago you were looking for Blue Rodeo's "Five Days In July" in vinyl. Here is an Aussie first pressing:

    Amazon Canada

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  • Kitlope
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    yuppers, sounds like most of the Petty catalog has been reissued. Need to find "Into the Great Wide Open" now.

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  • Kitlope
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    *double post

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  • norwoodguy
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    ^Is this a reissue?

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  • Kitlope
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    Finally! Just bought one of my favorites, looks like it was reissued in 2016. One of the finest albums of the 80s... and a lot of worn cassette listens back in the day. This is going to sound phenomenal to my nostalgic ears. Woohoo!

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  • Kitlope
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    I bet they never expected that to happen back in the early 90's when they were thinning out all the records to make room for CD's.
    The real shame was that some bands & artists didn't even release their albums in the 90s on vinyl. Blue Rodeo - Five Days in July comes to mind. One of the finest releases of the decade and no vinyl option

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