Vinyl converters bring back oldies

Students throughout Leesville either turn to virtual libraries or CDs to hold their favorite music. The age of vinyl records may have diminished since the 1990’s, but these vinyls have found new ground with the modern youth through vinyl record converters.

Companies sold millions of vinyl records when they were popular. Since there are few vinyl record turntables out on the market these days, many parents and adults have collections of extra vinyls lying around the house.

Newer companies saw this problem and decided to put out a vinyl record converter. This product takes the old pops and cracks of the vinyl and turns it into the mp3 format that many students are familiar with. Now students can have the oldies on their iPods.

My father grew up when vinyl records were as popular as iPods are today. He has at least 200 vinyls that range from the Beatles to the Moody Blues. Over this past summer, he bought me one of those vinyl converters and told me to convert them to our iTunes libraries.

Since then, my collection has gone from a mere 300 songs to over 2000 songs. If I bought this many songs on iTunes, then I would be spending an easy $1500. Instead, I bought a $100 vinyl converter and took a little time out of my schedule over the summer to save a well-earned $1400.

The converter kept the cracks and pops of the warped vinyls. Some may find this annoying but others may find it vintage and classic. Those who think the jumps are annoying can filter them through certain programs that come with the converters.

Out on the market are several good turntables. My father bought the cheapest one he could find: the ION TTUSB.

More expensive ones look much better and more vintage looking than the ION turntable.

Crosley has always been a leading producer in turntables. All of their products have a large bottom case and a hinged top for protection. Their products range from the retro Director style to the high-tech design of the Memory Master II. They even have several suitcase designs for on-the-go consumers.

The Director costs around $250 while the Memory Master II lies at the top of the price range at $400. Most of the suitcase designs are in the area of about $150.

Students who have extra vinyls lying around the house should invest in a turntable that satisfies their taste in sound quality and the size of their collection. The price tag might be quite expensive for some students but can pay off when they convert a few hundred songs and save hundreds.


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