Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than MP3

Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than MP3

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A few years ago, I got one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. It wasn’t the best because it was expensive, but because of the impact that it had. I had gotten a vinyl copy of Hozier’s first album. I remember opening it up and seeing how beautiful the artwork was, and the excitement of it being an album with two records in it. I remember when I played it it sounded so beautiful, it had a warmness to it that I couldn’t find anywhere else.

I have been collecting vinyl for a while. While I was listening to my records, I was thinking about how I don’t want to come off as pretentious, because obviously when people think about records and listening to them, it’s almost always associated with that person being pretentious. While that may be true for some, there is something different to records. The way the needle hits the grooves and creates that warm tone, it’s an experience. I remember one of my friends came over a few years back, and they were astounded by the different sound. Of course it also depends on the music you play along with the setup. The Hozier album sounded good because of the soft music and the way he integrates his background singers. There is a lot of different pieces of the music that the player enhances. I did get a Walk the Moon album a while back that wasn’t quite as good as the Hozier album in terms of it being a vinyl experience, but there were some good songs on it that sounded amazing on the record player.

Another album that sounds great on vinyl is Hippo Campus’ first album, Landmark. I think the reason for that is the different elements that they put into the music that ends up being brought out by the vinyl. It brings out the little pieces of Hippo Campus’ music that often goes unnoticed in MP3 files. Although MP3 is easier to obtain, and much cheaper, records are a good investment. Buying every record for every album you own isn’t necessary either. I only purchase my favorite albums, and I’m sure to be more on board if they have a soft, deep sound to them. I think they’re worth the buy.

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