Since I can remember I’ve always been a huge fan of music, either live bands, playing records or just jamming with a band. I can safely say that it’s probably the “thing” that kept me levelled for most of my life.
A few years back I started reading about the difference between streamed music quality vs CDs vs vinyls and it opened a whole new debate for me. I knew just from listening to streamed music that it wasn’t at the same level as CD quality. Furthermore, I had completely forgotten about my vinyl collection since they had been all replaced by CDs back in the 90s. I did however keep all of my vinyls stored away, unfortunately not in the most optimal location, in my cool room, damp and not tempered. I then started reading about how vinyls were coming back and how the sound was all warm and fuzzy and that you could reach Nirvana just by listening to records, so it got my curious again. I did a little research on some forums + Youtube and found a turntable made by FLUANCE. I had no idea who these guys were but I knew that they were in my price range. I thought about it for a while, read more reviews and went ahead and purchased the RT81 turntable. I’m not going to review this product here, all I can tell you is that I had a great experience with this purchase! The Amazon delivery, the quality of the product and for the price… it exceeded my expectations.
If you’re curious about the whole setup, I hooked it up with a Harman Kardon avr330
and PSB image T4 speakers (both purchased used). The turntable comes with a built-in preamp so all you really gotta do is find a receiver with an analog input to hook it up. So anyways, I was ready to compare my vinyl / CD /streaming… I was so psyched!
I decided to take a closer look at my vinyls… and one by one I started realizing how dirty, moldy and basically dusty most of them were. Out of like 100 vinyls, I would say that 10 were in decent shape. So I’m back on youtube to see if anyone had figured out how to clean vinyls efficiently and most importantly, in a cost-effective way. After a few tries I
found this Gem. First of all, anyone who starts their video by saying “cheers” and taking a sip of…what looks like beer, is golden in my book! I looked at the video a couple of times, was skeptical but not apprehensive. So I tried this procedure on a couple of old vinyls that were really in a bad shape. What can i say, it worked like a charm!!
Here are the before and after photos:
I won’t explain the procedure to you, the video does that just fine. Just a word of advice, don’t over do it with the “finish” liquid. With a little patience and about 4-5 records cleanings per day, I went through my whole collection…and even bought some new ones, because I’m like that. By the way, if you’re from Montreal and you’re looking to buy vinyls, send me a message, I have some great spots for you!
So what’s the verdict? I did my comparison with the album “Aja” from Stealy Dan (new vinyl). To be more specific, the first two songs (Black Cow and Aja) Streaming vs CD = No match, CD wins by a land slide especially if you pay attention to the cymbals and bass + the way the sound travels, there is just more depth and range with the CD quality. CD vs Vinyl = Not as obvious but I believe that it’s really more about how the vinyl sounds different, especially the bass and the richness of the high frequencies. I personally enjoyed the vinyl version more but I can see how some people may find the CD one more appealing. Listening to Coltrane on vinyl though is the top!! Vinyl records were meant to play Jazz, that’s just the way it is.
So this was like 6 months ago and I’m still very much enjoying my music experience, so much so that I started cleaning my sisters vinyls and hooking her up with a sweet turntable for her birthday. the only addition I made since then is a subwoofer, same brand as my turntable. I simply got it to fill the lows I was missing and let my speakers concentrate mostly on highs and mids. I’m just about done with my set-up and couldn’t be happier. All of this for under $1000.
Hope you enjoyed this entry and learned something new!