Records vs CDs/MP3s/whatever…
This, is a no-brainer really. CDs by my account are dead. Perhaps not quite as a Dodo, but somehow it feels like the VHS all over again.
Personally, I cannot remember the last time I bought a CD and the only people I know who still use CD’s are DJs, but even so, any DJ worth his/her salt now would have a MacBook propped up on the DJ console (I have also seen DJ who played his entire set only using his Mac, but let’s not go there). If I was a CD, I ‘d be worried, very worried.
There’s only one thing worse than death, and that is to be dead and ‘uncool’. This I’m afraid is the fate of the CD. Let’s put it this way, if I have a cool-a-meter, CD’s would be down there in the red, somewhere between Jedward and Jordan.
The cassette tape, though dead, has recently had a revival amongst the cool. Although no longer used as a music medium, it has now become the symbol of retro-cool (apparently 70’s is no longer retro, it’s vintage), a celebration of the simple life, alongside the one-gear bike and Ray-Ban wayfarers. Unfortunately for CD’s, I just cannot see this ever happening to them. They are too ‘modern’ and simply do not have the je ne sais quoi. CD earrings anyone??
So, what about records?
Well, let’s put it this way. Records are cool. They are so cool, it hurts. And the best thing about records are they will always be cool. But take note, records cannot be cool on their on. For records to enter into the realm of coolness, they need a bloody hot turntable to go with.
It has to be something totally contemporary in design, something that you would be proud to display in your lounge and not hidden in the cabinet. Without that, they are just old fashioned. So, if you are still using your grans’ turntable, it’s time to get a new one. Trust me, your music will sound better too.
I was recently introduced to Pro-ject turntables and well, I have to say I like what I see. I’m sure there are other makes out there but here’s my little picks on Pro-ject turntables.
I have to say this is my favourite! It looks amazing and I was told they come in different colours(although there are only Black, Red and White on the website). Perfect in bringing a ray of sunshine into any room. Fun!
Love it for it’s simplicity and colour. Like the Genie, this will instantly lighten any room and because the design is so simple, it would still work if you want the feel of the room to be quite linear and controlled.
Ice cold cool. If Genie is the baby then this is the daddy. Perfect if you have the budget and the space. Would be totally amazing in a light airy contemporary room.
As cool as the daddy but a little more mature. Perfect for an understated touch of sophistication. This is the player for the confident man.
The views of Bunny Ears is not necessarily that of TEA London’s; or that of anyone else’s for that matter.
TEA London is a reseller of Pro-Ject Audio components.