1200y3 wrote:This is always an interesting topic. I always thought it was a joke that the record industry for over 100 years sold a superior product, but nobody ever heard vinyl at its finest unless they were from an engineering bacground. Very few audiophiles existed until the CD arrived. Nearly everyone who purchased vinyl played it on a destructive turntable that turned LPs into worthless noisemakers. But the continual need for diamond styli existed which meant open pit mining.
The only thing fair about the music industry was the continuing advancement into digital technology.
If vinyl ripping is so bad, then maybe whoever threw the first stone should back their reasons.
Besides, the digital format is not even a piece solid evidence.
Some real sweeping statements, 1200y3
I wonder then what type of person purchased HiFiNews, Stereo Review and countless other audio magazines prior to the coming of CD? Cannibals in Borneo or Mongols in Outer Mongolia?
Only one of the named British hifi magazines referred to above claimed an ABC audited readership of 58'692 in March 1976.
I am also flummoxed as to who the pre-CD audio writers Ralph West, Rex Baldock, "Adrian Hope", Donald Aldous, "Gordon J. King" and countless others on both sides of the Atlantic catered for?
Another thing, turntables on their own will not destroy records. You will have to add an arm to do this. To wit Alastair Robertson-Aikman's pre-CD pioneering work on his 3012 and 3009 series arms certainly will not destroy records.
In retrospect, I should have ignored your fantasy statements but my concern is that those preferring vinyl playback younger than myself will be misled by your skewed sense of vinyl history.