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#1 MyOhMy

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:30 AM

Sony to start making vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus as demand for the retro music format surges.

 

 


A Sony factory southwest of Tokyo will begin producing records by March 2018


The Japanese firm stopped making records in 1989 due to dropping demand


At the time consumers were flocking to CDs and other new music technology


But surging demand for vinyl records has forced Sony back into the market

 

 

 

Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony says it will start making records again on the back of surging demand for the retro music format.

 

A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday.

 

The Japanese firm stopped making vinyl records in 1989, a company spokesman said, as consumers flocked to compact discs and other emerging music technology.

 

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#2 ralrein1

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 10:15 AM

Wow,pretty cool! I've been slowly buying new and old records over the past 6 years or so. They just sound so much better than mp3's. Plus there's something to be said about the tactile experience. Going to the store paying cash for a new or reissued record, taken it home cracking the cellophane and the smell of a factory fresh album! Oh man......no mp3 experience can even come close. Now I get the convenience factor of mp3's,but I don't really like them. I use them from time to time. However I've found in most cases they have poor performance in the low end as well as the high end. Real good midrange,but you gotta turn up the bass and treble. With records,not so much.So I say long live the vinyl record!!!

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 01:11 AM

Good read .. luv buying new music on vinyl

#4 ford93

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 09:04 PM

Big name like Sony makes it even better news!!! :yes:



#5 Fatdog

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 04:08 PM

Big name like Sony makes it even better news!!! :yes:

I agree!  It certainly is exciting news.  :yes: :cool:



#6 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:05 AM

I wonder if they will be remastering the tracks before pressing?



#7 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 12:06 AM

If they make LPs from digitised masters, then it won't have that warm analogue sound we all want. Hopefully, they'll use analogue masters.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:32 PM

If they make LPs from digitised masters, then it won't have that warm analogue sound we all want. Hopefully, they'll use analogue masters.

 

Some of the vinyl recently released has been produced from digitalised masters so I stick to sellers with a good reputation or, more usually, second hand albums in VG+ condition.  Personally, I think the remastered from digital recordings should be identifiable by clearly indicating this on the outer sleeve.  Whether or not there'll be any standardisation of remastering from a digital format remains to be seen.