According to Yamaha Music and Nielsen, vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all “album” sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales. Clearly, enjoying vinyl records is on the rise.
Many experts agree that analog audio provided by vinyl sounds superior to digital audio — especially when compared against the common compressed digital formats used by streaming services. And while there are better digital playback formats available, such as FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), you’ll have to search them out specifically (and pay more for them), whereas vinyl is readily available from online sellers or at a local record store. And there are excellent turntables available today, many offering superior tracking, low wow & flutter, and low noise levels. Stop in the store and see our selection.
Given this renaissance in vinyl, we offer the following suggestions for the care and maintenance of your vinyl collection.