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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.

While the digital world is growing strongly, vinyl LP continues to be collected with stable production levels, perhaps due to their warm, natural analog sound. So, how can LP achieve such unique sound qualities!

In 1877, Thomas Edison was considered the inventor of a phonograph, the first device that could both record and playback sound. This device records the sound bar directly when the dimples on the foil wrap around a grooved roll, which is then played back by rotating the roller, following the movement of the needle along the lines. That groove, vibrates the corresponding mechanical diaphragm and reproduces sound. By the 1880s, Volta invented a wax-coated cardboard cylinder using vibrations of gramophone needles, like a seismograph, called the “hill-and-dale” method, like Edison’s. . Until the beginning of the 20th century, the cylinder was finally replaced by the flat disc recordings that we use today. But even then, the sound is recorded directly on the disk mechanically. Such “acoustical” recordings are based on a large audio device connected to a gramophone needle. When the sound waves that cause vibration will vibrate the needle, and put those vibrations into the hand-cranked disc.

The problem is that the amplitude of the low notes (bass notes) is many times higher than the notes with a higher pitch, the lower-frequency sound occupies more physical distance in each segment, then , high and medium sound bands will be lost during playback. This makes the sound distorted as well as heavy bass. It was not until 1925 that audio inputs were run through a microchip and an amp to increase the range as well as volume without depending on the physical properties of the audio equipment, and the era. The “electrical” records have started. These recordings are deliberately adjusted for high sound bands and low bass, making the sound balanced during playback. 78s – recordable discs with rotational speed of 78 RPM- are seen as a technological leap compared to predecessors.

1. Investing money in Vinyl Record

Symbolizing the most basic vinyl enjoyment, most common vinyl record – designs that have been around for a long time – are often shielded by plastic protection frames and speakers. However, in order to feel the full performance of the warm and lively performance, LP players need to invest in the respective system levels.

With mid-range turntable, the obvious improvement is no longer equipped with loudspeaker, instead will be paired with removable speakers. In addition, because the majority of record players do not have enough capacity to download speakers, the support of the pre-amp phono plays an essential role. On the other hand, once lost in the “hi-end enthusiast society”, everyone understands the importance of each element of the popular LP system – typically: platter, tonearm and some other factors.

In general, boldly “withdrawing a purse” means opening up the opportunity to touch closer to the quality of great entertainment, though always be alert in spending for hi-end play that “has no stops” .

2. Hand Adjustment vs. Automatic Adjustment

Audiophiles can optionally adjust the manual mode (Manual) or automatically adjust (Automatic) when “buy” yourself a rotating disc tray. This, more accurately, involves installing and replacing the needle head (cartridge). Accordingly, with automatic system, full operation is performed by only a button. Otherwise, the user picks up and hangs his hand on LP according to a certain position.

Most mid-range turntable and high-end integrated manual correction. Even so, don’t be too bothered because it’s easy to learn this technique.

3. The Rotating Speed

Most records rotate with 1 of 2 standard speeds, calculated in RPM. Accordingly, vinyl 17.78 cm (aka singles) dial 45 turns per minute, while 30 cm records (also known as albums & Eps), turn 33 rpm. Note that all disc wheels support these two rotation speeds.

4. “Digitize” Analog Signal Discs (Analog Records)

After all, the music lovers need to consider choosing to buy a fully analog signal processing player combined with an analog to digial converter or a built-in USB turntable to “digitize” vinyl music sources. This port also allows fast, convenient and accurate copying of music to MP3.