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Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsMusic & Music Players · 1 month ago

New vinyl albums, if it’s source are from digital and it sound similar to CD audio, itsn’t I better just get the compact disc player?

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  • Lance
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    In some cases that's probably true. but I have also found the opposite to be true sometimes. A lot depends on the quality of the master and also the type of music. Music of natural string and reed instruments tends to sound better on a top quality Vinyl system...Acoustic guitar, violin  saxophone etc...can often have a better sound even when the master was digital...A lot also has to do with personal preference also. The CD is probably more actuate with the fundamentals of the music but Vinyl will excel sometimes when it comes to transients overtones and room reflections creating a more lush space...I don't think it is more actuate though as its actually artifacts that the vinyl is creating or over emphasizing due to resonance and the nature of playback.. . But because these distortions are organic and analog your ears will often interpret them as being part of the recording....with  CD its a harder sell because the distortion is unnatural and does not occur in nature that way so your ears will have a harder time justifying the distortion it hears as being part of the recording.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The introduce of CD audio is a big disaster in music industry.

    Take an example, when you digitise a 11Khz sine wave.

    with 44.1Khz sampling rate, that means a full cycle sine wave 11Khz will get about 4 samplings.

    And than later when you convert the digital signal back to analog wave, and you plot this sine wave on a X-Y graph, you only got 4 dots on the x-axis, while there are 65,000 dots (resolution) on the Y-axis (16bits = 65,000 steps).

    So, imagine if your TV screen resolution has 4 dots only on the horizontal resolution and 65,000 dots on the vertical resolution, do you enjoy watch you TV with only 4 dots on the horizontal resolution?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There are some valid reasons to buy vinyl LP,. Sound quality is NOT one of them.Because of the limitations of the format, even if it were made using digitally recorded tapes, it would still be converted back to analog before it can be made into an LP. The LP and phono cartridge simply cannot reproduce the full frequency response, low noise and dynamic range of digital formats. Many LPs had background tape hiss on them, because the old analog master tapes had them. New LPs made with digital sound sources will not have the hiss, but it will still have clicks and pops that are part of the LP format. The clicks and pops are the result of damages to the groove, and every time you play the LP, it will be damaged, and clicks and pops will be added to the original LP because of that.

    1. if it comes with the original album art. The Sticky Fingers LP from the Rolling Stones came with a real zipper. The CD had a photo of the pair of jeans and zippers. Even though some versions of the CD included a real zipper, it is just not the same.

    2. You want to buy it because you find it satisfying to own an LP, either because you did not grow up buying them, or you are nostalgic about them.

    3. you buy them as collector's items, the same way that people bought comic books.

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  • Tony B
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, of course it is. A CD will sound significantly better because there is no surface noise, clicks or pops or wow and flutter. It's likely to be a good deal cheaper and easier to keep in good condition too.

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  • 1 month ago

    If only it was that simple. 

        

    Records don't Ever sound better than well-produced CDs.  

         

    I continue to collect records to get material 

    that is never going to be available any other way. 

    Beyond that, I could do without them. 

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