The Top 10 Trends & Technological Breakthroughs of 2008

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One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.

I spent some time roving through our SuperStore picking the brains of our knowledgeable sales people, and sent emails to members of our staff trying to gather as many seasoned B&H opinions as I could. Which one of these trends & innovations is truly the most exciting of the year? This depends entirely on what kind of nerd you are. Seeing as I'm a dyed in the wool audio geek, I'll take the liberty of crowning the single greatest breakthrough of 2008:

1) The sales of older technology increased dramatically at B&H!

This year we witnessed an unprecedented spike in sales of home record players, USB turntables, and even DJ turntables. To draw a parallel with photography, this would be equal to 35mm film cameras suddenly outselling digital. What brought about this growth? Many people are discovering that holding a vinyl record, looking at its artwork, and playing it on an analog listening system is a really enjoyable experience. Plus, the album you pay for has an actual resale value, unlike an intangible binary music purchase. If you're considering getting back into vinyl.

Toyo-View 45CX

Appreciate quality over quantity with the Toyo-View 45CX

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.

I spent some time roving through our SuperStore picking the brains of our knowledgeable sales people, and sent emails to members of our staff trying to gather as many seasoned B&H opinions as I could. Which one of these trends & innovations is truly the most exciting of the year? This depends entirely on what kind of nerd you are. Seeing as I'm a dyed in the wool audio geek, I'll take the liberty of crowning the single greatest breakthrough of 2008:

1) The sales of older technology increased dramatically at B&H!

This year we witnessed an unprecedented spike in sales of home record players, USB turntables, and even DJ turntables. To draw a parallel with photography, this would be equal to 35mm film cameras suddenly outselling digital. What brought about this growth? Many people are discovering that holding a vinyl record, looking at its artwork, and playing it on an analog listening system is a really enjoyable experience. Plus, the album you pay for has an actual resale value, unlike an intangible binary music purchase. If you're considering getting back into vinyl, check out this B&H Buyer's Guide that has all the information you need.

Toyo-View 45CX

Appreciate quality over quantity with the Toyo-View 45CX

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.

I spent some time roving through our SuperStore picking the brains of our knowledgeable sales people, and sent emails to members of our staff trying to gather as many seasoned B&H opinions as I could. Which one of these trends & innovations is truly the most exciting of the year? This depends entirely on what kind of nerd you are. Seeing as I'm a dyed in the wool audio geek, I'll take the liberty of crowning the single greatest breakthrough of 2008:

1) The sales of older technology increased dramatically at B&H!

This year we witnessed an unprecedented spike in sales of home record players, USB turntables, and even DJ turntables. To draw a parallel with photography, this would be equal to 35mm film cameras suddenly outselling digital. What brought about this growth? Many people are discovering that holding a vinyl record, looking at its artwork, and playing it on an analog listening system is a really enjoyable experience. Plus, the album you pay for has an actual resale value, unlike an intangible binary music purchase. If you're considering getting back into vinyl, check out this B&H Buyer's Guide that has all the information you need.

Toyo-View 45CX

Appreciate quality over quantity with the Toyo-View 45CX

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.

I spent some time roving through our SuperStore picking the brains of our knowledgeable sales people, and sent emails to members of our staff trying to gather as many seasoned B&H opinions as I could. Which one of these trends & innovations is truly the most exciting of the year? This depends entirely on what kind of nerd you are. Seeing as I'm a dyed in the wool audio geek, I'll take the liberty of crowning the single greatest breakthrough of 2008:

1) The sales of older technology increased dramatically at B&H!

This year we witnessed an unprecedented spike in sales of home record players, USB turntables, and even DJ turntables. To draw a parallel with photography, this would be equal to 35mm film cameras suddenly outselling digital. What brought about this growth? Many people are discovering that holding a vinyl record, looking at its artwork, and playing it on an analog listening system is a really enjoyable experience. Plus, the album you pay for has an actual resale value, unlike an intangible binary music purchase. If you're considering getting back into vinyl, check out this B&H Buyer's Guide that has all the information you need.

Toyo-View 45CX

Appreciate quality over quantity with the Toyo-View 45CX

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.

I spent some time roving through our SuperStore picking the brains of our knowledgeable sales people, and sent emails to members of our staff trying to gather as many seasoned B&H opinions as I could. Which one of these trends & innovations is truly the most exciting of the year? This depends entirely on what kind of nerd you are. Seeing as I'm a dyed in the wool audio geek, I'll take the liberty of crowning the single greatest breakthrough of 2008:

1) The sales of older technology increased dramatically at B&H!

This year we witnessed an unprecedented spike in sales of home record players, USB turntables, and even DJ turntables. To draw a parallel with photography, this would be equal to 35mm film cameras suddenly outselling digital. What brought about this growth? Many people are discovering that holding a vinyl record, looking at its artwork, and playing it on an analog listening system is a really enjoyable experience. Plus, the album you pay for has an actual resale value, unlike an intangible binary music purchase. If you're considering getting back into vinyl, check out this B&H Buyer's Guide that has all the information you need.

Toyo-View 45CX

Appreciate quality over quantity with the Toyo-View 45CX