Are Picture Disc Vinyl Records a Waste of Money?

Are Picture Disc Vinyl Records a Waste of Money?

August 8, 2019 25 By Kailee Schamberger


Hey guys, it’s Michael from Devoted to Vinyl,
and in this video, we’re going to be talking about picture disc vinyl records. Did I waste my money? Now whether you’ve been collecting vinyl
records for just a couple months, or you’ve been collecting records for decades, the concept
of picture disc vinyl records is nothing new. Picture disc vinyl records have been popular
since the 1970s, when of course vinyl records were huge, but even today, people still want
to buy picture disc records. And the question is: should you? Now the answer to this question might actually
seem simple, but if you’re someone who’s buying picture disc records thinking you’re
getting high fidelity audio, you might be disappointed when you put it on your turntable. Now a picture disc is made when you take paper
inserts, and you sandwich them in between thin layers of vinyl. And then you press the grooves into a plastic
laminate. Picture discs look great, especially when
you put them on display. But the question is: Do they sound great? And in my experience, the answer is no. I’ve never owned a lot a picture discs,
because I never really had the desire to do so. But, the ones that I have have always sounded
very noisy. And in comparing a picture disc to a typical
black or colored vinyl record, I found that those records tend to be a lot cleaner and
a lot smoother and a lot crisper when playing the music. And I can hear the vocals and the instruments
a lot better than I could on a picture disc. Now, with all of that said, I actually wouldn’t
discourage you from buying picture disc vinyl records. I just think you should know what you’re
getting. Picture disc records are actually great for
promotional use—if you’re a musician or you’re in a band or a group and you want
your music pressed on vinyl, that might be a way to go. And if you’re an everyday collector of vinyl
records, picture discs are great to be able to get framed on your wall and show off to
your friends and family. Just know that when you buy picture disc records,
you’re buying it first and foremost for the picture. The sound quality, is really secondary, in
comparison to the promotional image that’s put onto the surface of the record. So that’s about it. If you enjoyed this video, I would love it
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video too, because I would love to know: Do you all collect picture disc records? Have you had picture disc vinyl records that
sounded significantly better than you expected them to? Have you had ones that didn’t even meet
your very low expectations? Let me know down in the comments below. I’m going to be responding to as many comments
as I can. And I can’t wait to bring you guys another
new video next week on this channel. Thanks for watching. Till then, talk to you later. [Loud sound off camera] What the hell was that? And once again, don’t forget to comment
down below. I actually really want to know: how do you
like to—what am I talking about? C’mon son! Damn! Almost had that! That was pretty good. What?!