Here at The Analog Vault, we are champions of the analog music culture and think that listening to music on vinyl via an analog sound system is one of the best ways to enjoy good music.
Listening to music on vinyl:
1. Will sound exceptional on a well set-up analog sound system - guaranteed.
(PS: Our brick-and-mortar store features the legendary Linn LP12 turntable, played back on an excellent valve / tube-based Audio Note UK sound system and we welcome customers to come by the store any time to give it a listen!).
2. Enables you to discover the warmth of pure analog sound, which cannot be replicated vis-a-vis other sources.
3. Allows you to "hear the music the way it was meant to be heard, which is on vinyl," a sentiment shared by many music and vinyl aficionados, and the main reason why Jack White of the White Stripes set up Third Man Records and focuses the release of all of his albums on vinyl.
"When you are recording and producing, you are aiming for something and if you want vibe, warmth, soulfulness, things like that, you will always be drawn back to analogue...the actual sound of analogue is 10 times better than that of digital.” - Jack White.
4. Is highly engaging. Listening to vinyl is very much a tactile and engaging process & experience - one has to remove the record from the album sleeve, place the record on the turntable, move the tonearm above the record, lower the tonearm, and hit play on the turntable - that the minute the music starts playing is a moment to be relished and savoured. It doesn't get more engaging than this.
5. Can be very interesting to learn more about. Vinyl, as a medium, can vary in so many ways - in terms of weight (150g versus 180g versus 200g), speed (33rpm versus 45pm), stereo versus mono issues, how the music is recorded onto the record, etc- that the same album can be cut in varied ways onto different types of vinyl mediums, and can sound so differently across the varied type of vinyl mediums.
There is no end in terms of learning how music is recorded into vinyl, why some artists choose to record their albums in different ways, how different record labels press their records, etc. It can be such an interesting learning and listening journey indeed.
Buying and owning vinyl:
1. Enables you to directly support the music artist, which helps to ensure that these great artists continue to make good music.
2. Enables you to support your local independent record store (thank you very much!).
3. Might allow you to enjoy an appreciation in asset value should the vinyl record you purchased be pressed in limited quantities and becomes scarcer to purchase over time.
4. Allows you to sell / trade-in your old vinyl should you run out of space, or wish to refresh your music library.
5. Enables you to pass on some really nice presents to your next generation, and possibly even the one after - vinyl records are made to last, for several decades even, particularly if they are cared for, maintained, and stored properly.
6. Allows you to enjoy a very nice piece of album art work, even if you might not necessarily enjoy all the music on the album.
7. Encourages you to read the story behind the music, the making of the album, and/or the musicians and artists. Liner notes on the sleeves of vinyl records are often presented in sufficiently large fonts and are easily accessible (either in the gatefold, at the back of the sleeve, or as an insert), which encourages one to read more about the stories about the making of the album and/or the musicians.
8. Allows you to join the club of passionate music-loving record collectors. There is much joy and knowledge to be gained from being able to speak with other music lovers and vinyl record aficionados, who will always have interesting new recommendations that will help you with your own new music discovery process.
9. Enables you to own an actual piece of music history.