As many of you probably already know, I got my start DJing on turntables. Obviously, this is how most DJs above a certain age started, so this is not uncommon. I still use turntables occasionally, because I don’t want to lose the touch and I just enjoy it, to be honest. I still prefer it over the modern technologies, but I do realize that those modern technologies are simply better. That’s why I’ve switched, like so many other DJs as well.
All that said, I recently bought a new record player. That’s right, even though I barely use my turntable to spin records anymore I bought a player. So why did I do that? Well, I did it just for listening. Vocalists sound so much better on vinyl, especially EDM singers. This has nothing to do with DJing.
You’d have to be dead to not know that vinyl is making a big comeback. Most of this is due to the hipsters, among whom old-fashioned technologies have become cool. I’ll be honest, this annoys me a little bit and kind of makes me not want to listen to vinyl. But I grew up on the stuff, so I feel I have a right to do it, despite the hipsters trying to steal my generation’s thunder.
I actually have a large record collection that I never used for spinning. It was just for listening to. Much of it I inherited from my dad, but I added to it over the years. I also had a cheap record player to play it on. The record player we had growing up broke a long time ago and I replaced it with a cheap one because I didn’t have much money at the time. I was in college then and you know how that goes.
Over the years I considered buying a new one several times, but in the end I never did, since I rarely found myself listening to vinyl anymore. Recently I decided to change that. I decided to go out and buy a record player so that I could listen to vinyl whenever I wanted to. Most importantly, I could listen whenever relaxing in my super comfortable parachute hammock. I used to love traveling with that thing and now I still take it on day trips to the beach or park, but mostly I hang in the hammock at home while listening to music.
I’ve been keeping up with the technology, but I wasn’t prepared for just how many options are out there. Most of the record players out there have a ton of features that I just don’t want. They have built-in speakers, they have cassette decks, they have CD players, they play radio, etc. I don’t want any of that.
I already have separate components that do all of those things. I also have an amplifier and speakers, so I don’t need those in my record player either. But it seems like most of the record players that don’t have these things are turntables specifically geared towards DJs. I didn’t want one of those.
Luckily I found a great article that detailed some of the highest quality record players on the market. These are players that do nothing but play vinyl, but they do it at the absolute highest level. They look incredible, they sound incredible, they are extremely high quality. In short, they are amazing. They are also very expensive, but they are worth it to me.
In the end I decided on the Pro-Ject Audio – Perspex. It cost me almost $2000, but I’ve never heard sound quality like this before. The build quality is incredible too. I would never DJ with this thing, but for listening to records, you can’t do much better.
It’s definitely overkill for the casual fan, and probably for me too, but I just don’t care. It is nice knowing I have something that no hipster will ever buy. Mainly, because they can afford it, but also because they’re interest in vinyl is simply to keep up with their hipster friends. Once the fad passes, they will be over it.
But I’ll never be over it and with this record player I’ll be able to listen to my collection for the rest of my life and my children will be able to do so after me and then their children and their children and their children. This thing is solid and will last forever.