Yes, that’s me. I’m one of those annoying types who’s suddenly jumped on the vinyl bandwagon. Blame the missus: she thought I’d like a record player for Christmas, and I dug out the few records I had in the loft to humour her. But here’s the thing: it’s transformed my listening habits. I’m focusing on the music in a way I never did before. Meanwhile, the rationing of choice available in the local record emporium actually makes it easier to select something to listen to than the unlimited options presented by streaming. It’s all new to me – as a kid I mainly played records for the purpose of recording them to cassette.
So here’s the query. I’ve noticed that some of the records I’ve picked up lately sound worse than others. It’s not just a question of pops and crackles, but the actual audio quality of the LP itself. The Fleetwood Mac ‘White Album’ for example sounds almost muffled – Hatful of Hollow too. Almost like a dodgy cassette recording. On the “defence of CDs” thread someone mentioned duff pressings – could it be that? Or is it that they’ve accumulated decades of dust and I need to invest in one of those Ronco-style record cleaners?