As someone who has played musical instruments since the age of 8, I’ve always been able to appreciate the quality of a well recorded album. It didn’t matter if I was 16 listening to Led Zeppelin IV or today listening to Bruno Mars, vinyl has always had that nice warm sound.
In today’s world we as a society have squeezed our record/CD collections into more compact formats such as mp3 and other compressed formats. While this has made music more convenient to access via small devices like ipods, mp3 players and hard drives, it also alters the properties of the music. It doesn’t take a serious critical listener to pick out the differences between mp3 and vinyl.
While I still keep my CD collection on hard drives and use devices like Sonos to stream the music in my home, I still have a turntable I use for listening to my vinyl collection. I also have a separate 2 channel system I use just for listening to the turntable. During the week after work I’m more prone to just switching my Sonos on for the convenience, but on my days off I switch over to the turntable and bust out my record collection.
Growing up records were becoming relics as cassette and then CD took over. While CD’s are still around they are now becoming extinct due to digital storage. The ability to purchase single songs on itunes, HD tracks or any other music service has made buying CD’s a thing of the past. Why spend $11.99 on a complete album on CD when you could just get the single song you like for $1.29 online?
There are exceptions. If I intend on listening to Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety you better believe it’s going to be on vinyl. If I’m in my back yard gardening I will most likely be using my Sonos listening to Pandora or a shuffled playlist.
The one thing I learned as a home theater, A/V professional early on was control is key and it stands true today. Universal remotes and control systems have been on the market a very long time, it’s a shame that there are still folks out there using 6 remotes to control their robust A/V systems. While the Verizon and Comcast remotes that come with your service may work ok for rooms with a cable box and TV, it’s not going to work well with your main theater or audio system. Just to watch cable on your system takes several steps. Your TV needs to come on and be switched to HDMI 1. Your home theater receiver needs to turn on and switch inputs. The cable box needs to be turned on. On top of all that you need 1 remote to change the volume and one to change the channel.
Now imagine that happening by pressing a single button, and not having to be in the same room as the equipment. Imagine using the same remote to change the channel and volume and not even having to leave the remote page. Stop imagining, because remotes and control systems have been able to do this for a very long time now.
So why is it that we are still seeing t he scene above in people’s homes? I tend to hear the same excuses every time you bring up a control device to the folks with 6 to 8 remotes. The number one excuse is cost. My main purpose for writing this article (and it is implied in the title) is that it is already costing you. It’s costing you, your sanity and even more importantly your significant other’s sanity. So stop by today and see what options we have to get your system easier to operate.