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I got "unstable" (IMHO) paper sleeves from online record store for free. How do I use them?

I had received "unstable" paper sleeves from online record store for free. How do I use them? Here is a picture: Do I have to take the vinyl records out of the original packaging and put ...
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Despite the alleged boom in Vinyl, almost no physical record shops in cities. Is it all just eCommerce?

I have also recently acquired a vinyl player. I thought there were a lot of people who wanted to go back to analogue in a digital world. I read in the press about a vinyl boom. I was totally surprised ...
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Is it a good idea to have a wireless connected Subwoofer for Vinyl?

Very similar question like Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth? but with a wireless connected Subwoofer. I soon own a HT-G700 3.1ch Dolby Atmos® / DTS:X® Soundbar sound system, ...
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Some older mainstream music no longer available on Vinyl "as new"? Only "second hand" market?

I am very new to the world of vinyl. I I really like Das Modell and Stripped by Rammstein. I could not find any vinyl records of these two songs. When I do a web search, I always come up with used ...
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Why does anti-skate on record players work the way it works?

Upon researching record players, and especially setup and maintenance of these, I have found information about the "anti-skate" feature of tone arms. Every online resource I found said that ...
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Why are vinyl RPM and tape speed the way they are?

I've two related questions. [1] Analogue record players rotate the disk at 16⅔, 33⅓, 45 or 78 RPM - apart from the first two values, there's no obvious relationship between all those figures. Why were ...
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How do I play a 16⅔ RPM record?

I bought an LP record from a local library and back home turned it on to hear it. And I get very funny voice like somebody is on helium. I thought I had it on 45 and wanted to switch to 33, but it was ...
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What is the sound quality of the blue-marble vinyl pressing of Electric Youth's "Innerworld"?

does anyone have a take on the sound quality of the blue-marble vinyl pressing of Electric Youth's "Innerworld" album? I've been interested in buying one on eBay for some time but with the ...
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Is the vinyl records production process going green?

I wonder if there is some kind of attention in going green in the entire record production process (or part of it). By "going green" I mean if there are emerging approaches in everything ...
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Good site to get accurate value of record

I'm looking to sell records, how can I get good quotes on how much they're worth? I can't find any reliable place.
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Why some vinyl records sound distorted?

I sometimes run into some records that sound distorted when hitting certain frequencies. Like in this case: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dpsgnbwd45pmgad/001%20Scene%201.wav?dl=0 The example above comes ...
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When did vinyl switch from “Side One/Two” to “A/B Side”?

Not sure if this is universal but I’ve been going through some of my dad’s records (late ‘60s to ‘80s) and I’ve noticed that all of his vinyls describe the first side as “Side One” and the back side ...
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Locating CD equivalents of vinyl recordings

Is there a systematic method for identifying the CD equivalent(s) of a vinyl record recording. For example, is there a catalogue that will not only give me information about Decca LXT 6110 but will ...
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How to know which year a LP was pressed?

I have an unopened LP, how can I know which year it was pressed and what it's worth without opening it?
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

Many music lovers mistakenly think the vinyl is, somehow, more “faithful to the original recording than CDs”. I wonder if this is the result of deliberate marketing?
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"N" option on turntable speed selector

What does the "N" option on a turntable speed selector mean? I've seen it on two separate turntables, and it is between the '33' and '45' options.
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What's the official name for Vinyl singles printed on papery-like material?

Years ago, I remember seeing (and playing) several Vinyl singles; rather than the more common plastic material, these were printed on a papery-like material that could easily be bent, yet played on a ...
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Is there a record player that plays digital music upon needle placement?

I am searching for a very specific kind of record player that I couldn't find through an internet search or in stores. I really like the look of record players, but I don't want to get into the ...
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Why do people sometimes offer a double of a LP or EP?

I was looking for vinyl on Bandcamp and some other spots and a few artists provided the option of buying two of the same record. Why do people mainly buy doubles? Are doubles for collecting use or ...
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Vinyl record limited to 700 meaning?

What does it mean when a vinyl record says "Limited to 700"?
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Changes in pitch when playing vinyl on relatively new turntable

Recently I bought a new turntable, TTUSB Numark, and I just started to notice that there are some pitch changes when I play records. I believe that this was initially not the case. At first I thought ...
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Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth?

I am a beginner in the "vinyl world" and I am interested in how modern turntables work. As I have heard from people, if you stream your record player with Bluetooth (e.g. Audio Technica AT-...
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Looking for the record store from MI: Rogue Nation

The opening scenes of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation feature a vinyl store with lovely old-school decor. Unfortunately, the store is an invention, and the location is a laundry in real life. Is the ...
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Strange Pink Floyd's "The Wall" album with round sticker

I have this weird album and I can't seem to find this album cover anywhere. What is it an how much does it sell for?
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Can the warm sound of vinyl be recorded onto CD?

I've read a lot about vinyl sounding "warmer" than CD. What happens if you use (high quality) equipment to record the output of a record player onto a CD? Does the warmth get lost, because the CD ...
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Are there any singles (not EPs) with titles different from those of the songs they include? [closed]

Record singles of the Vinyl Era were usually named after their A-side song (since this song was intended to draw the attention of the audience) or had a title composed of their A-side songs’ titles (...
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If possible, how could mastering engineers allow for stereo bass on vinyl?

I've read that anything below 300 Hz should be cut in mono on vinyl; others say 100 Hz should be the threshold. I always thought it mattered most how much music was cramped onto each side, because the ...
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Can I hook up a turntable and a Chromecast to speakers?

Could I buy a pair of JBL LSR305's and plug in a turntable with RCA, and also a Chromecast audio via AUX? Their doesn't seem to be an AUX port on these speakers. Would some type of adapter work? And ...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

When released for the first time, a single usually suppose to have a hit on the A-side, and a secondary song not supposed to be a hit, on the B-side. That song was basically used to fill the B-side, ...
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How did Tops Records squeeze two songs in each 78 rpm side?

From this question about soundalikes, I went to this article where I learned about Tops Records which business was to sell cheap records with soundalikes of current time hits. Additionally, they ...
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Are newly pressed vinyl records done from the original or remastered recordings?

I know this might seem like a broad question but hopefully I can clarify. I recently bought a record player and am starting to build a collection of records because I like the experience of hearing ...
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How should I store The Raveonettes' Pe'ahi limited edition vinyl with gel-filled sleeve?

The limited edition of The Raveonettes 2014's Pe'ahi album comes with a gel-filled sleeve. Stored in vertical position, all the gel that fills the sleeve goes down, with the risk of pressing too much ...
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Why do techno artists add noise to recordings?

First I thought that there was something wrong with the record, but if you listen to the track "Hiroshi Kano" by the artist Viers, then there is noise in the track on purpose (?) and the same for the ...
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Linear turntables - more damaging than a standard turntable?

Many years ago, at a high end audio store the sales person was strongly recommending making a tape of anything that will play on linear tracking turntable. Assume that you could create an equal ...
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Are some vinyl players more forgiving to skips and crackles than others?

Just like the title suggests, are some vinyl players more forgiving to crackles and skips than others? Does the weight of the "needle head" play a part in this perhaps? I am asking this, because used ...
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Find cause for record player noise

I've got a pretty new pro-ject turntable with a brand new Shure pickup. As soon as I select the source on my amplifier I get constant noise form the turntable. The player has been working fine on ...
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How to connect a record player to Last.fm?

I've become an avid user of Last.fm. It's always fun to look back and see what I've streamed over the past week, month, year, etc. It provides a lot of really useful functionality that my main ...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

During our lives we have seen several important changes of the playback format of our music. In my case the most significant was the passage of tapes to CD and then to digital MP3 files. Regardless ...
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What group made a song (on LP) with backwards message "buy 10 copies of this record"? [closed]

Back in early 90's a friend of mine showed me an LP record with a backwards message on it. The message was "buy 10 copies of this record". This could be heard with a clearly audible voice when he ...
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Which album's inside cover featured a policeman running after the band on a motorcycle?

I saw this on a vinyl record inside cover in the 90's yet I can't seem to be able to remember the name/artist of this album at all which is especially shameful as I have the feeling it was a pretty ...
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How many songs are already been pressed on cd (or vinyl) of all time in the world? [closed]

How many different songs are already been pressed on CD (or vinyl) of all time in the world ? Are there any estimations ?
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Record Player Needle Replacement

What qualities does a needle that needs to be replaced show? I'm using the needle that came on my record player that I got a few months ago, so I assume the needle is of low quality.
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How to Clean Vinyl Records

My records are getting a little dusty, how can I clean them without damaging the grooves? Does dust affect sound/playback quality?
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Does the sound card of a digital mixer affect the quality of the vinyl song?

my setup for my vinyl is like this: I have one vinyl player who is connected to a (real crappy) dj mixer (Cortex dmix-600). This mixer has a sound card, i guess, because it can play directly from an ...
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Does virgin vinyl sound different than recycled vinyl?

This question asks what is virgin vinyl: What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl? Many of the answers, and general opinion on the internet, point out that virgin vinyl will produce a better sounding record ...
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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

Better not have anything to do with Richard Branson. Thrill Jockey has a couple of up coming releases that are apparently both being pressed on virgin vinyl. In Plain Speech by Circuit des Yeux ...
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What to look for when buying cartridge and stylus for my turntable?

The cartridge and stylus are two of the most important parts of the turntable. There are many options out there, and for newcomers it is hard to find where to start or know what to look for. What ...
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What to look for when buying a turntable?

RPMs, drive, pitch control, cartridge, stylus, etc; someone new to the vinyl world can easily get overwhelmed with options when trying to buy a new turntable. When buying a turntable for music ...
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Turntables: Direct Drive vs Belt Driven, what are the differences, pros, and cons?

Turntables come in many flavors. One of the main decisions to make when buying one is choosing between a direct drive and a belt driven mechanism. What are the differences between them? Which are the ...
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What's the reason behind the poor sound of picture discs?

Coloured vinyl is treated in another question. While I'm not sure I would hear the difference between a normal and a coloured vinyl record, picture discs has a noticeable worse sound quality. What is ...
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