Originally Posted by fewtch
Styli wear out eventually, but unless you listen for hours per day it will take years. As far as clicks/pops there are usually some, but it's not hard to get used to. It's probably FAR less troublesome than you think, particularly if you're thinking of the Hollywood movie "drop the needle onto the record" sound (BTW, they use that exact same sound effect in almost every film where someone drops a needle onto a record).
Many reasons. It can often sound better, it's a fun hobby, the rituals of vinyl can be enjoyable, etc. It's just more involving to listen to vinyl than the sterile act of putting in a CD and pressing "Play." There's something more organic about vinyl, like playing a musical instrument. It involves you in the process of reproducing music.
Records can be had for 25 to 50 cents apiece, oftentimes. And is $300 really so much? A lot of people buy $300 CD players, is this uncommon or something?
Oh i know all those many good reasons...I was just weighing them against the ...bad reasons.
As a Gen X, I assume the poster (like myself) is a student who doesnt spend $300 on equipment and leeches off their parents good equipment. Unless said poster is very rich or very convincing, hes not going to get his parents to drop $300 on a new hobby. Maybe poster wants to earn money himself ... me? i'd rather save up for food and books for university that i will be payinf for. So yeah, it is a lot - not uncommon. just a lot.
And some records go for cents but most of the ones ive seen at the used CD place I go to go for between 5 and 20...same price as a CD.
I was just saying, for the price - you're getting stuff that you MIGHt get pops on. You probably wont, but do you have the money lying around to take that chance? Do you have the time to take care of these thigns? I've got CD's out of cases lying all over the house, and they're all still ok. For someone who's used to (litterally) throwing a CD into a CD player, do you have the patience to work out a turntable?
Anyways, like I said, if this guy wants to buy vinyl, he should just do it. I just noticed he said "You know, your answers aren't really helping me in staying away from buying a vinyl rig" so I was just giving him some reasons
Although thanks for the information about the stylii or whatever, I thought you had to replace them more often than that. Now I know.