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Welcome to the Sound Exchange reference guide about vinyl records. On these pages we will explore any and all topics that are relevant to the enjoyment of vinyl records and specifically to the main goal of understanding and enhancing your own Classic Vinyl Listening Experience.
Topics will include the history of vinyl records, record care, record collecting, the equipment necessary for a proper listening experience,as well as what it requires of the listener to fully enjoy the Classic Vinyl Listening Experience.
The modern long play, micro-groove record brought to the market had a tremendous impact on artistic creativity.
Artists were now free to create music that could last 20 minutes or longer, rather than just fill out a three-minute single. And although classical music was never limited by time, virtually all “popular” music had to fit into four minutes or less to be commercially sale-able.
Let’s define what is meant by the term the modern vinyl record.
It has a relatively long playing time and does so while reproducing sound in what is called high fidelity.
High fidelity, or Hi-Fi for short, simply means that the device is capable of reproducing sound accurately throughout the full hearing range of the human ear, and does so realistically, i.e., without introducing significant quantities of noise or distortion.
That is not to say that every record meets this definition.