That vinyl is having a comeback, is no news. More and more people are buying vinyl but don’t want to damage their precious new bought records. There might be an answer to their prayers. The new ELP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them. But there is also a catch.

There are many arguments why vinyl sounds better than CD’s When comparing vinyl and digital releases. Digital never sound as good as analogue because nothing is lost when pressing a vinyl record. It sounds as good as the producer or band intended. All of this make the warm, mahogany-rich sound that vinyl is famous for. Besides those technical reasons there are quite some practical reasons too. One practical advantage is that the impossibility of back and forth “skipping” leads to the fact that you frequently listen to whole album again.

But there are also downsides with vinyl. Over time turntables wear off the surface of vinyl recordings and therefore damage the record. In an interview with Marshall Jefferson, the legendary artist explained that all the vinyl he has gets digitalized and then burned onto CD. The original copy is preserved forever and will never get played out.

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The new Laser Turntable might solve this problem. Developed by the Japanese company ELP the Laser Turntable plays records without touching them and therefore. The laser’s allows you to pick up audio information and reproduces it without digitisation maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. It even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years. The only catch is: the Laser Turntable costs around 15,000 €.

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