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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 dont want to get into the records/...
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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-LP60BK-BT) ...
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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”?

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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What to do with electrically charged vinyl

I begun buying vinyl LPs some weeks ago. Some records are very electrically charged. This is mainly the case for new records, not for used ones. Is there a method to uncharge them?
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Why is my turntable playing at uneven speed?

I have a Numark PT-01USB turntable, which lately has been sounding strange. When playing an LP on it, it sounds as if the LP rotates at uneven speed, so that the tone pitch varies with the rotation ...
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Is it possible to discover where a vinyl record was physically pressed?

Do you know if it is possible, from the cover/back-cover or from the vinyl itself, to understand where a vinyl has been pressed? I know on the vinyl are engraved the serial number/barcode, but I don'...
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Standard vinyl vs Audiophile/Weighted vinyl - What's the difference?

I remember back in the days of my youth when everything was released on vinyl, you'd sometimes hear about "audiophile" vinyl or vinyl with a specific weight (which I think was 180g). What's the ...
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Are the releases from Mastercuts available on vinyl?

I'm a music fan and I collect vinyl records. Lately I've been using discogs.com which is a very good site for buying records. But I want it on vinyl and for instance I want to buy the releases from ...
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Vinyl grooves look like scratch

I got here a few records which looked if they are scratched. The scratches (if they are scratches) look like grooves. (They lay exact in the same direction as the grooves) But if I listen to this ...
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Should I store my vinyl records side by side or in piles?

What is the safest way to store my vinyl records: Side by side or in piles? I don’t care about ease of access or collection organization, only about preservation.
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How common is it for club DJs to use vinyl these days?

Do any club DJs still spin vinyl? Or have most/all of them moved on to digital formats (such as WAV, FLAC, MP3)?
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Is there any difference in terms of sound quality between different vinyl colours?

There are numbers of limited and special editions of vinyl LPs nowadays, and a lot of them differ from standard edition by vinyl colour: transparent, white, red, splattered… Is there any difference in ...
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Hidden tracks on other media than CD?

I know about hidden tracks on CD's, but are there examples of hidden tracks on cassette/ vinyl?
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What gives vinyl records their characteristic sound?

Many people swear by vinyls and claim that they sound warmer or just better in general. Why do vinyls sound different - is it the way that music is recorded onto them, or is it something in the ...
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What was the first vinyl record ever pressed?

I am wondering about, what was the first vinyl record ever pressed. I am not interested in the first record ever (for example shellac), only the first vinyl record.