Is anyone on this forum as perplexed as I am as to why LP’s have had such a resurgence in recent years?
I walked into my local HMV store yesterday for the first time in quite a while, and I was taken aback by the number of vinyl albums available in the store. In fact, I reckon that the store now has more LPs on display than CDs.
Now, I am quite a big fan of vinyl, owning what I consider to be a pretty decent turntable (a Michell Orbe) and an LP collection that probably amounts to 800 or so. However, this collection largely comprises legacy LPs from pre-CD days and second hand LPs that I have picked up from charity shops in relatively recent years. I have a few recent so called ‘Audiophile LPs’, and they sound pretty good but I very rarely if at all purchase ‘new’ vinyl LPs. Quite apart from anything else, they tend to be outrageously expensive compared to an equivalent CD or CD quality download.
These days, the vast majority of my listening is done using local and external music streaming and I play LPs or 10" reel to reel tapes only occasionally, and then partly out of nostalgia. However, I do still understand the attraction of vinyl to those hi-fi enthusiasts (such as members of this forum) with high quality vinyl playing equipment. However, those of us who fall into this category can’t possibly be responsible for the generation of vinyl sales of the sort of magnitude that would result in the resurgence.
What I cannot really understand is the attraction of vinyl to ‘youngsters’ who must be switching to vinyl in order to generate the sales, and at best might own a pretty basic turntable and cartridge. I can’t help but think that they would be much better off buying very much cheaper CDs or subscribing to a decent streaming service such as Spotify or Tidal. They would pay less money, and sound quality (in my opinion) at that level would be better with a decent and relatively cheap CD player or DAC.
Can anyone explain the resurgence of vinyl to me?