The world of audio equipment is a bit torn lately with the comeback of old technology in record players. The youth would have thought that their Ipod’s were the latest and most advanced music players, but boy were they wrong!
There are a bunch of new companies as well as old proverbial ones in the turntable industry that are producing these products at a high pace nowadays. It seems like market demand for turntables have been increasing steadily since the past 10 years, and what a surprise it may seem! Let’s take a look at the difference between old record players and modern mp4.
The Differences Between Record Players and MP4
The way these systems work requires a bit of manual work. You can’t just purchase one, insert your record in, and just have sweet music playing right away. Unless you purchase a fully automatic record player, you’re going to need a few things first. Most importantly, a phono preamp to connect the RCA output in, and a pair of external speakers to plug that preamp from and to.
There are plenty more options for more advanced setups, but nonetheless the average buyer won’t have to worry about that. If you are interested in learning more, the resource Thebestturntable is a solid one to check out.
But anyway, back to the debate of record players vs modern mp4. The main advantage that record players have is sound quality. If you have a proper setup with some decent equipment, you can really get a mesmerizing sound that is unmatched by modern mp4 players. Your ipod will not even come close to the clarity and detail that a record player provides. However, there are some drawbacks. As stated before, to get a nice setup it requires a lot of money and time.
Furthermore, if you do not know what you are doing, you will have grave difficulty setting everything up. The knowledge required to be an audiophile is quite hefty, so you might need someone to help you get setup if you are just starting out. Sure there are the new products that have built in preamps and speakers, but that seriously diminishes the quality you get by not having an external preamp and speakers.
So here is the final weigh in:
Sound quality: Record players
Cool factor: Record players
There you have it. It is a tie. You really can’t go wrong with both modern and older technology. If you have never heard a record player playing vinyl in action before, you should really get around to it. You will really enjoy the experience and have more of an appreciation for the older days. Or you can just keep shuffling music on Spotify or your Ipod. Choice is yours!