I think the prediction of a meagre 1000 or even 400 Kpbs for Vinyl is way off the mark and a blinkered view of digital audio being a winner in all categories attempting to stubb out a romantic's disillusionment of a past golden age.
On the contrary this is the very category digital is least likely to be a winner.
I think comparing Kpbs of timed sliced audio to completely slice free analogue streaming is the wrong tree to be barking up.
They are different animals.
You can hear the difference between bit rates on high quality HiFi systems.
mp3 has little depth of field and sounds like a flattened, crispy "photocopy" of a CD with hard edges.
A CD sounds like a hard edged photocopy of a "Studio Master" HD audio file.
If anything a Studio Master sounds closer to Vinyl than a CD or mpFree with subtler dynamics and a softer, more life like textural presentation. Not so impressive for Kids who like LOUD!!! But they don't know they're getting tinnitus in 3 years time.
Sadly Vinyl crackles and pop's, can be sibilant, bass has to be managed, sounds much better with less songs on one side and has the god awful trait of Wow-ing when pressed off centre. Plus you have to get off your **** to turn it over.
Do I still listen to Vinyl? Of course I do!!!
It's far more alive and enjoyable to me. A lot of the music I like was recorded in Analogue so it makes sense to play it back that way. I disapprove/dislike Remastered, dynamically compressed (depressing) digital remasters, reprinted back onto Vinyl. Whats that all about??? Futile! I have some of these and they sound tiring.
I think music recorded digitally should be sold at the bitrate it was mastered, at the same price or less than a CD for fair enjoyment by all since there are no pressing cost's or even conversions to mpFree. We are the one paying for broadband internet and the record companies don't have to lose profits to retail shops. Don't get me started on this one!!!! HD Tracks, Linn Records, Wayne Kers.
Trouble with Vinyl is you have to spend some money to get it sounding a way in which you can happily flit between it and Studio Masters or CD's.
A relatively cheap record player will probably surprise many who turned their back on their one in the loft with a broken stylus as it is inherently pleasant sounding and already HD. However when you A/B compare it with CD it often sounds too soft and rounded and I can't help but pick holes in it's performance.
I started to get into decent record players which revived my interest in LP's and general preference of listening to them over CD's. It's an expensive hobby getting into Moving Coil cartridges on broadcast quality Idler Drive or Top Japanese Direct Drive turntables with decent Phono preamps, valves and whatever but it's fun and doesn't give you tinnitus.
I get tinnitus from brick wall mastered digital audio running on headphones. Fiddling around mixing song arrangements on Logic Audio through headphones gives me tinnitus.
A bit of food for thought is that if you record an LP to computer at 16Bit 44.1KHz and then do the same at "HD" 24Bit 96Hz you CAN hear the difference. The latter sounding more like the source record with more dynamic subtlety.
How could you detect more information from an analogue record if the bit rate was half that of a CD? Magic dust?
Nope. There is simply more information on the record. It just gets better the more sensitive and flamin expensive your cartridge, arm and table get.
Records don't suffer from Jitter which allegedly confuses the brains ability to map out music and recall it according to some research. Hence you're more likely to hum along to a record as it has a uniform rhythm. Nn-not ssslice, ss- slice...
Steve Job listened to Vinyl? Go figure… He could afford a decent setup.
I am not a number. I am analogue. My speaker cones are analogue. Food is analogue. Cookers do a better job at cooking than Microwaves.
You can't put marmalade on a CD and expect it to work like they said it would when marketing their indestructibility.
You CAN perceive the presence of audible frequencies above the 20KHz CD cut off point. It is a perception of reality.
When you add an 'inaudible' 30KHz sine wave to a 10KHz sine wave (audible) you can hear a difference because becomes a SQUARE wave. A golden factoid. Industry admits lies about CD marketing!
My limited knowledge of digi theory is plenty to sway me but the more you read about it's hidden downside that are completely untold by the marketing hype the more depressing it seems.
Apart from that it's bloody fantastic being able to download mpFree's for nothing. Sort of shot themselves in the foot there eh.. Bet they wish they were still selling records that you can't replicate….
Betamax was superior to VHS. The broadcast industry used Beta.
Tomato's in hot countries or even from in your own greenhouse taste better that the EU plastic, water flavoured ones that never go bad and look like clones of each other.