Advertisement Vinyl is back in a big way. While sales of digital downloads and other physical media are in decline, vinyl sales in 2017 hit their highest level since 1991, marking 12 successive years of growth.What was once dismissed as a fad now looks like it’s here to stay.If you’re ready to start collecting vinyl, you’ll need to buy a record player (also called a “turntable”). But where do you start? There’s an almost unlimited number of products to choose from, with prices ranging from the tens of dollars to thousands.Here’s what you need to know about buying a vinyl record player.1. How Does a Record Player Work?A record player is a complex device. But the idea behind it is both simple and ingenious, resulting in its important place in the history of music.A vinyl record contains a tiny groove that runs from the outer edge to the center of the disc. The groove is imprinted with a series of ridges you can’t see with the human eye.Put them under a microscope and they look like this:When you place the turntable’s needle onto the record, the record starts to spin and the needle begins traveling along the groove. As it… Read full this story
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