Turntables that play vinyl records reached their heyday in the 1970’s and then began a slow decline as cassette tapes, compact discs and finally digital MP3 players rose in popularity. In recent years, vintage vinyl records have made a strong comeback in music lovers of all ages. Those who have maintained their albums using vinyl cleaner will find that their records sound just as good as they did 30 or 40 years ago. Consider these three reasons why vintage vinyl records are making a comeback in the 2010’s.
Better Sound Quality
If you listen to a song on your iPod with earbuds and then listen to the same song played on a vinyl record played on a turntable, you’ll immediately notice the difference in sound quality. Vinyl records offer a depth of sound that is unparalleled when it comes to playing music on other media. This is especially true for songs that have a wide range of sounds, from deep bass to the high notes of an acoustic guitar.
The size of an album cover lends itself to being a fantastic canvas for cover art. As early as the 1950s and 1960s, music groups began to create elaborate logos, portraits, crests and other types of cover art. Many of these album covers are so beautiful that collectors sought them out as artwork rather than for the music on the vinyl record. Even current releases on vinyl feature artwork that is not included on CD cases.
Anything that is retro or vintage has had a resurgence in popularity. Baby Boomers are pulling out their collections from the 1960s through the 1980s, and their children are interested in these records as well. Classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin and Queen continue to remain popular, with newly released material in 2014.