- Published Oct 2, 2013 in The Scene
- Read time: about a minute
Sure, collecting old records seems like a good idea right now. But do you really know everything there is know? Really?
What is it about the human race that makes us want to collect things we don't really need? What evolutionary imperative compels us to wake each day and go in search of another man's garbage, lovingly and painstakingly cleaning, arranging and discussing it ad nauseum until there is nothing left to clean, arrange or discuss? And then doing it again.
We don't have all the answers. But we do have some good advice. Which is to say Buzzfeed has some good advice and our good advice is to read their good advice.
Do so and you shall be rewarded with answers to some life's most complex puzzles. Questions that plague your mind will be answered. Questions like, Can you really hear the difference between analog and digital? (No.); Will I need a record player? (Yes.); and, What's the deal with colored vinyl? (It comes in different colors.)
Of course, there's a good chance you'll come away with the answer to the most important question of all: Should I start a vinyl collection? (Maybe.)
The trick is to know—really know—what you're getting into before you get into it. For instance, you might be surprised to learn that you'll need to decide between a belt-drive or direct-drive turntable. The former is preferred by audiophiles, the latter is the only acceptable option for DJs. If you decide on the belt-drive version, you'll also need to learn how to fix it when it breaks. Which it will.
Through the course of this decision making process, you will experience many emotions, from the apex of pure joy to the tortuous hell of deep, dark depression. And when you come out the other side, you will know yourself, you will know whether or not to start a vinyl collection, and you will know how your significant other feels about you spending the entirety of your nest egg on a pair of speakers.
Good luck. We're all counting on you.