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Music to the ears of audiophiles

by Magdalena Osumi

Staff Writer

Music technology has advanced rapidly, leaving vinyl singles and LPs behind, and the bump of a needle landing on a record a nostalgic sound. Now we have high-quality audio, boosted bass and virtually no distortion in digital music.

Yet there are still two camps of audiophiles, those who like crystal-clear digital and those who say nothing can reproduce the warmer atmospheric sound of vinyl.

This weekend, both camps are in for a treat, courtesy of Darumaya — a record and CD music-collector store. Daruyama has organized its 20th The Ikebukuro CD and Record Fair, which is being held at Tokyo’s Toshima Kumin Center in Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward. It’s one of the biggest events of its kind held in Tokyo and starts on Jan. 31, continuing through Feb. 2.

A popular event for all fans of music, the fair draws crowds of all ages — from families with kids looking for general music to serious collectors searching for unique and valuable works.

Around 70,000 records and CD albums provided by well-known record shops within Tokyo will be on display and available for purchase.

The Ikebukuro CD and Record Fair takes place at the Tokushima Kumin Center from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2., open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 03-5992-7385, or visit darumaya.to/?mode=f5.