Not long ago, I wrote about the death of high fidelity. However, all is not lost. For those of us who care about listening to music in the best quality possible, there are many viable options.
For the digitally inclined, high resolution downloads are gaining popularity. One of my favorites in the Bowers & Wilkens Society of Sound. This is a complete treasure trove of fresh, new unique music available in various lossless formats like Apple lossless, FLAC (including 24 bit) at an affordable annual price. An excellent introduction to basic high rez files and a way to an instant hifi, is to load up your iPod with Apple lossless downloads, then connect it to one of the B&W Zeppelin iPod speaker docks.
There seems to be no shortage of articles touting the resurgence of vinyl. While there is no doubt a resurgence of vinyl among young people, for many others, the format never left. At least this is the case with us here at J&R. We have been in the vinyl business since our inception. That’s right, J&R has been selling records since 1971. While many others were talking about the demise of the lp, we kept on trucking. Vinyl will always have a firm place here at J&R.
Patrick McGeehan’s latest piece for the NY Times, Vinyl Records and Turntables Are Gaining Sales talks about the resurgence of vinyl, particularly here at J&R. Our co-owner Rachelle Friedman said, “It’s all these kids that are really ramping up their vinyl collections. New customers are discovering the quality of the sound. They’re discovering liner notes and graphics.” Indeed, Rachelle.
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