Robert Halvari, Creator at Notes on vinyl
33 vs 45 vinyl Are you trying to make sense of all the letters and numbers that have come to signpost so much of the record-collecting experience? Are you looking to find out the precise differences in the dichotomy between 33 vs 45 vinyl?
Size One of the central differences between 33 vs 45 vinyl rpm is the respective sizes of these kinds of vinyl record speeds. The dichotomy of 33 vs 45 vinyl comes to symbolize the 12-inch records and 7-inch records
45 Revolutions Per Minute or 45 rpm 45 rpm records were originally manufactured to be played on the smallest of the more typical record sizes, that of the 7 inch disc, which is itself almost half the size of the largest of the most typical sizes,
33 1 / 3 Revolutions Per Minute or 33 1 / 3 rpm Soon after they were drafted into the mainstream realm, records that were intended to be played at 33 1 / 3 rpm – most commonly being on 12 inch discs – superseded the 7 inch 45 rpm record as the standard currency for exchanging sounds between producer and consumer, even remaining so to this day
7 Inch Record Size 7 inch records are usually played at 45 rpm for the sake of improved audio fidelity, for they are the perfect size for holding a single song on each side. The technical capabilities mean that they are able to hold 4 to 6 minutes on each side
12 Inch Record Size Also common is the playing of 12 inch records at 33 1 / 3 rpm, for this will mean that there is more space on the record to contain the music which is being released in this longer and larger 12 inch form. A 12 inch record can hold between 15 to 22 minutes of music per side.