I honestly have no clue what you're talking about. 70's vinyl might have been horrible, but modern vinyl is doing much better. The audio quality does depend, but guarantee you I can spot the difference between the vinyl version and an MP3 or streaming version. And by depend, that is, if you buy some punk rock bands record that can barely afford to press 100 7" records, it will probably sound less detailed than an orchestral recording, but that's a given. I litterally remember the first time I was playing a record nice and loud in my house and my brother walked in and said "Wait, I've never heard that bass groove under all the rest of the song." As for skips and pops. Out of my collection of 350+ records only 5 or so are unlistenable. The rest all play without a single pop if I take te time to clean it before playing.