Vinyl Disk

Vinyl disks were superseded years ago by CDs and Internet downloads, but some audiophiles are still intrigued by vinyl. Some vinyl disks, and the turntables that can play them, have attained considerable value as collectors’ items. The main trouble with vinyl is that it can be physically damaged by even the slightest mishandling. Electrostatic effects can produce noise when the humidity is low, as in alpine or far northern regions in the winter.
 
Vinyl disks require a turntable that spins at speeds of 33 and 45 revolutions per minute (rpm). There are various drive systems. These are called rim drive, belt drive, and direct drive. The best type is a matter of individual taste because there are various factors to consider, such as cost, audio quality, ruggedness, and durability.