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While the digital world is thriving, vinyl LPs continue to be collected along with steady production levels, perhaps due to their warm, natural analog sound quality. So, how can LP achieve such unique sound effects!

In 1877, Thomas Edison was credited with inventing the phonograph, the first device to both record and play back sound.

The device records sound directly when dents on the foil wrap around a grooved roller, which is then played back by rotating the roller, following the needle tip movement along the lines. The groove, vibrates the corresponding mechanical diaphragm and reproduces sound.

By the 1880s, Volta invented a wax-coated cardboard cylinder using the vibration of a phonograph needle, like a seismometer, called the “hill-and-dale” method, like that of Edison.

It was not until the early 20th century that the cylinder was eventually replaced by the flat disc records we use today. But even then, the sound was recorded directly to the disk mechanically.

“Acoustical” records like this rely on a large audio device connected to a gramophone needle. When the sound waves cause vibrations, it will cause the needle to vibrate, and put those vibrations into the hand-cranked disc.

The problem is that the amplitude of the bass notes (bass notes) is many times higher than the notes with the higher tonal range, the sound with the lower pitch takes more physical distance in each segment, then, high and mid tones will be lost during playback. This causes distorted pronunciation as well as heavy bass.

It was not until 1925 that audio inputs were run through a microchip and amp to increase the operating range and volume without depending on the physical properties of the audio equipment, and the era of the “electrical” records have begun.

These recordings are intentionally tuned to the highs and low lows, helping to balance the sound during playback. 78s – discs with a rotating speed of 78 RPM – are considered a technological leap compared to their predecessors.

Streaming is clearly a big game changer in the audiophile world. But the special thing is that the sales of coal discs are still very good and are on the rise. Particularly the CD format is a bit tougher but still ‘healthy’, only lossless download services risk being excluded from the game.

Revenue from online music downloads has dropped sharply by 18% in the first half of 2019. The habit of buying lossless and lossy music files (by downloading) is only 9% of the total revenue of the music market with the purchase of physical storage devices (coal disks, CDs).

And of the 9% for those physical devices, 4% will come from the disk and the rest for the CD will be 5%. The cassette is unfortunately back in the past with almost zero.

Most people believe in the quality of vinyl and CDs more than the recordings downloaded from streaming applications.

However, this is just the story in the US where there are about 327 million people living, while in Germany with a population of 83 million people, the recording market goes in a different direction.

According to a report by the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), in the first half of 2019, revenue from online music download groups accounted for 6.6% quite close to the US market, but the special thing is the total revenue earned from music streaming makes up only 56.4%, which is very different from the United States, where streaming revenue accounts for 80%!

In Germany, the number of users spending on CDs accounts for nearly 30% of the total music market revenue

The most interesting difference from the US is that the revenue comes from the sale of the disks – physical audio storage media. Most impressive is that CD sales have risen sharply to 28.2% of total sales, 6 times higher than in the US and are expected to increase steadily along with coal disc format.

Along with that is the introduction of turntable heads that incorporate many modern features. Although the figures are only from the US and Germany, it is also the country with the world’s leading recording industry, enough to guarantee that the Vinyl and CD formats will live well in the future.