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Here are the 5 turntable systems from the most famous audio brands today. Without them, the success and foothold of these brands in the audio market could be very different.

Rega Planet (1973)

Roy Gandy, founder of Rega, in 1973 once had a very strange thought: The sound quality of a turntable system is secondary, the main design of it. Gandy wants to create a durable turntable system with time and design must be equally unique. And so the idea for Rega Planet was rekindled.

Fortunately, the sound quality aspect soon became a target soon afterward, and Gandy brought the first turntable test versions to potential manufacturers. The official version of Rega Planet was born with aluminum and steel wheels with a unique design, using the Acos Luster tonearm.

Linn LP12 (1973)

LP12 is Linn’s first tuntable designed by founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, who said that “music is the most important thing in any sound system”. The first version of LP12 was designed without a stand, but was later replaced by a more complete version. This is also considered to be the best quality turntable from Scotland.

Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic (1977)

Michell may be better known by users through the turntable signature GyroDec launched in 1982, but its first turntable, Reference Electronic, is also worth mentioning. Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic is inspired by the Transcriptor’s turntable Hydraulic Reference model featured in Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange.

Starting from only processing hardware for the Transcriptor, Michell then opened his own brand and launched the Reference Electronic, which owns a version with a mirror or marble base.

Wilson Benesch Turntable (1989)

In the first year of appearing in the audio market, Wilson Benesch researched and developed his first turntable model, simply called Wilson Benesch Turntable.This turntable possesses two designs never before seen in any other product such as the sub-frame made of composite carbon fiber and tonearm also made of carbon fiber (A.C.T. One). High-strength carbon fiber helps reduce vibration better and is available in all of Wilson Benesch’s most recent product lines.

The success of Turntable also helped Wilson Benesch expand its investment and distribute more other products, including specialized high-end speaker models today.

Pro-Ject 1 (1991)

Pro-Ject 1 was originally developed and modified from the Tesla NC-500 to create a low-cost turntable distributed in the Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Pro-Ject founder Heinz Lichtenegger made several Pro-Ject 1s and sold them in his small shop in Vienna. Having achieved certain successes, Heinz Lichtenegger decided to restart the production line in the Czech Republic and continue to operate until now.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the coal disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in the past year, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

It is worth noting that, of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums, only 3 new albums including Tranquility base hotel and casino (Arctic Monkeys), The greatest showman (many artists) and Staying at Tamara’s (George Ezra), the rest are old albums.

Talking about the attraction of the old values, Jon Tolley, Banquet Records, explains: “The sales of coal discs are constantly growing because people are slowly abandoning modern lifestyles, where things are always in a hurry and nothing makes sense.”

The vinyl record had a period of great development before the advent of the CD and later, both the CD and the CD were in a poor state of consumption when the trend of digital music came to the forefront.

Now that the vinyl disc has been “revived” through impressive growth figures, the CD has remained “at the same level”, although the number of CDs sold is still higher than that of the vinyl disc, due to its lower cost (on average). a single album costs $ 30, while a CD costs only $ 10). Following that momentum, experts predict that, by 2020, sales of coal discs may account for more than half of sales of the physical music market.

The fact that vinyl discs are more popular than CDs is not difficult to understand. Compared to vinyl records, the CD lacks originality, sound superiority and historical value. Compared to digital music, CDs are not convenient in terms of storage and use.

As can be seen, the revival of vinyl disc among music lovers has recently risen up. Hopefully, this hobby can still maintain its great attraction among music lovers.

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.

You might think that vinyl records are a thing of the past, but they are starting to make a comeback. Many people are looking at vinyl records as a sort of nostalgia and they’re starting to collect them. There are several stores that are now offering a vinyl records because they are being sought after by many collectors and people that are just generally interested in the sound of music that comes from a vinyl record. Here are a few tips to start collecting vinyl records.

Decide Why You want to Collect

The first thing you will need to do is to decide how you want to collect a vinyl records. You may have a certain band that you like or you might want to relive your youth when records were more popular. You should have a general idea of why you want to collect records as this is going to make it easier for you to start a collection. You should generally be interested in vinyl records before you start collecting them.

Cataloging Your Records

As you develop your collection, you should start to catalog it. You can do this easily with a computer and a spreadsheet. You can make note of the band, year the record was released, name of the songs, and so on. This can make it easier for you to find a record in your collection.

Decide What to Collect

It will be virtually impossible to collect everything so have an idea of what you want to actually collect. You may be into classical rock, 50s music, 80s music, and so on. it will be easier for you to collect records if you have a general idea of what you want to collect so that you’re not overwhelmed by the amount of music and records that are in circulation.

Protection

Wild records are meant to be played, you may want to keep them in a more pristine condition especially the album covers. One way you can do this is to encase the album in plastic. the plastic that you by can have an opening so that you can still take the record out of the plastic but the cover is protected. Some people will simply slice the plastic that comes with the record and leave this on the album cover and just listen to the record inside. you don’t have to put plastic on the records if you don’t want to, but this is an easy way to protect the cardboard coverings which can easily become damaged.

Where to Buy

There are many places that you can buy records but there are a few places where you’re going to find plenty of choice. The best place to buy a record is going to be eBay. The reason for this is that many individuals are trying to unload their older albums because they’re either using CDs or they are simply listening to music on their smartphone and have no need for their older albums. You’ll find a wide range of records on eBay so this auction site should be your best choice. You could also take out classified ads and ask people if they want to give up the records or you might go to forums where people talk about music and ask if they have any records for sale. Other things you could do is to go to garage sales, flea markets, and any other place where people it might selling things they no longer need.

This short guide should get you started collecting records. Collecting older music can be a great hobby because it reminds us of our youth and the good times we once had.