Sony to start pressing vinyl

Foggydog

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Hello everyone,

I just read this evening that Sony will start pressing vinyl beginning next year because of the resurgence of that format.
So my question to anyone that can help is , will Sony use the same thickness as before? Records are quite heavy in comparison to CD and of course is analog format.
Is it possible to place recording on a much thinner piece of vinyl?
I'm guessing that there will still be a diamond tipped stylist as well.

Thanks for any and all replies.
 

Stefan johansson

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Of course it will be the same thickness as always. The people buying vinyl records for collection and better sound quality want it that way. Weight is not an issue with vinyl records,as normal people usually store them less than 3 feet from their record players.
 

Stefan johansson

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I hope to see much lighter records in the near future.
The thing with vinyl is not only sound quality,it also has to do with nostalgia. If you want lightweight stuff,use digital audio files, as a fully loaded iPod nano with 32 GB of files stored weight less than a 35 minute vinyl record. Why is weight of vinyl records so important to you?
As the vinyl record playback do not allow playing while moving,and require a stylus and a turntable to work,the weight of the record is not important.
 

TheLastJedi

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The thing with vinyl is not only sound quality,it also has to do with nostalgia. If you want lightweight stuff,use digital audio files, as a fully loaded iPod nano with 32 GB of files stored weight less than a 35 minute vinyl record. Why is weight of vinyl records so important to you?
As the vinyl record playback do not allow playing while moving,and require a stylus and a turntable to work,the weight of the record is not important.
The weight of vinyl records is important to me as a potential dj. Besides, digital formats mean nothing to me.
 

Stefan johansson

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The weight is a problem for hipsters... ;)

Well,obviously you never played a vinyl record. Of course the player in picture works,but you cannot play records when moving it. If you want a hipster mobile player,buy yourself an old tape recorder like the ancient Sony Walkman,you could most likely find those in your local flea market.
 

Stefan johansson

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Doesn't really matter, as they would still need to carry them.
Vinyl players are usually not designed for carrying around. For that purpose,we invented the cassette player. With some carry around vinyl player,you lose the meaning with vinyl records. The only aspect where vinyls are in fact better than digital music files,are in the tiny,crisp details in sound quality. To enjoy this difference in full,you need a surround sound system,with 4-8 rather large speaker boxes. Soo,ok,if you want vinyl quality at its best,a few ounces extra weight on the 5-6 favourite records you carry,is nothing compared to hauling around 75 pounds of rather sensitive playback equipment.
 

Hastings101

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I've always wanted to get a record player for fun but I've never even seen one in person haha. Cassettes had killed them (at least where I lived) by the time I was old enough to know what music was and listen to it.

I've heard they have better sound quality or something, but they don't seem as easy to use as clicking an MP3 or popping a tape or disc into a player.
 

Stefan johansson

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I've always wanted to get a record player for fun but I've never even seen one in person haha. Cassettes had killed them (at least where I lived) by the time I was old enough to know what music was and listen to it.

I've heard they have better sound quality or something, but they don't seem as easy to use as clicking an MP3 or popping a tape or disc into a player.
Yes,sound quality is better,especially with a high quality player with the right amplifier/loudspeaker setup. Using them takes a little more work than clicking digital files,and you have to be careful so you do not scratch the records. Of course,it's easy to learn.