Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record store after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete. » 4/19/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

A Turntable Snowboard Brings the Party To the Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs—sometimes they're practical, and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category. » 4/18/14 9:20am Friday 9:20am

This Contraption Cuts Vinyl Records From Digital Audio In Real Time

Sonic purists swear that everything sounds better on vinyl, and you know what? Spinning records is also just way more freaking fun. It's common to digitize your LPs, but what if you could easily do the reverse? This dude made a device that makes it easy to press audio files into albums in real time. » 3/12/14 8:48am 3/12/14 8:48am

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. » 1/15/14 6:20am 1/15/14 6:20am

This Hypnotic Turntable's Glowing Platter Floats on Magnets

If you're a fan of the supposedly warmer, richer sound of vinyl, you owe it to yourself to outfit your sound system with gear that does your record collection justice. And as long as you're not scratching on the side, the turntables that McIntosh has been making for decades will do your analog music proud. Particularly … » 10/03/13 2:01pm 10/03/13 2:01pm

Melting Vinyl Records into Skulls Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Dead media like cassette tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs and so forth should die. I have no problem admitting that. They take up space, offer a worse experience and are just unnecessarily inconvenient now. Who cares that I have a CD tower filled with music? Where would I ever listen to all that? But none of that applies… » 8/27/13 10:23pm 8/27/13 10:23pm

Whole Foods Is Selling LPs Now

33⅓ rpm records have been around for 65 years and in that time they've come and gone. And come back again. Apparently the nation's few remaining record stores, stamped out by lack of demand, are suddenly not enough, so Whole Foods has begun selling vinyl at five locations in and around LA, including West Hollywood,… » 8/25/13 9:29am 8/25/13 9:29am

Listen to Radiohead's Idioteque On a Laser-Etched Wooden Record

We've seen 3D-printed records before, and while they don't sound great, they're still pretty neat. Now the same mine behind those, Instructables' Amanda Ghassaei, has got another weird record variation to try out: laser-etched wooden records. It's only a slight step up in sound quality, but still totally cool. » 5/11/13 8:00pm 5/11/13 8:00pm

What Do Earth's Mountains and Valleys Really Sound Like?

If you zoom in on the surface of a vinyl record using a microscope, to the untrained eye it kind of looks like a series of mountains and valleys. It's actually the waveform representation of a song or other sounds, but what would happen if you took a map of the Earth's mountains and valleys and turned that into a… » 4/08/13 1:05pm 4/08/13 1:05pm

Before Cassettes and CDs, Boomboxes Played Vinyl

MP3s, compact discs, and even cassette tapes made our music portable, but before they arrived, vinyl records were pretty much the medium of choice. And with a little help from Sharp, people were still able to enjoy those giant (relatively speaking) twelve-inch discs wherever they went with this impressive old-school… » 3/05/13 3:20pm 3/05/13 3:20pm

Is Listening to MP3s and Vinyls Better Than Listening to Live Music?

Here's something that should have an obvious answer for most people (some crusty folks like me who avoid large crowds and loud sounds would beg to differ), is listening to MP3s and vinyls better than listening to live music? LIVE MUSIC DUH! If you don't listen to live music, you don't love music. If you don't go see a … » 2/07/13 9:00pm 2/07/13 9:00pm

Yep, 3D Printed Records Sound Awful, But They're Still Pretty Awesome

If you don't recognize it, that's Daft Punk's Around the World playing off a plastic LP created with a high-resolution 3D printer. It sounds awful, even worse than AM radio ever did, but that's not what's really important here. The fact that it exists at all is what's neat, and it's another example of how we're just… » 12/20/12 4:20pm 12/20/12 4:20pm