The only trouble with that argument is that whilst CDs may have a dynamic range of 100dB the mastering on them causes that range to be massively reduced (the so-called "loudness wars"), so that should make those "low-level details" even more apparent than they are on vinyl.
So the more you compress, the more a recording will sound like live (unamplified) music? Not in my experience. As Lhc mentioned, the loudness wars would surely make every system sound extremely natural and live. Do they? Erm...
There are obviously different reasons for vinyl being superior to CD.
Yes most modern (last 10 years or so) cds (pop) have less DR than vinyl, jazz and classical have not been so affected by the loudness mastering thank goodness. If you look at DR database you will see jazz are often near the top at around 16-20 while most rock/pop since 2000 are about 7, vinyl is about 12. I think the top pop/rock cd is Copperhead Road at 17.
I think the part about live music is wrong, if you compress music it will sound less like live, ie have less dynamic range.
Yes most modern (last 10 years or so) cds (pop) have less DR than vinyl
Exactly, its all mastered for the iPod generation - if its mainstream its gonna sounds pants imo
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It is the compression. I rarely listen to modern "pop" recordings on my hifi because I find them hard to get along with. Adele's "21" is one of these and it sounds far better in my car because that's the type of equipemnt it is designed to sound good on!
Vinyl isn't better than CD. However a lot of hifi enthusiasts like the sound of the distortion you get from vinyl.
no offence mate but this article is one big load of BS. the guy is clearly clueless about what he's writing. live music has 120dB dynamic range? I'd like to see an example.
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He probably means that the sound level can reach that, but yes I agree he does not seem to know what he is talking about.
No offence taken - I don't really have a view, having never compared vinyl and digital under test conditions. What does interest me is the number of people (including friends whose views I'm reluctant to dismiss) who prefer vinyl to digital despite evidence to the contrary which I find quite persuasive. Paul McGowan is a hifi designer and enthusiast whose views should not be easily discounted. So tell me, why does a legacy device with an inferior dynamic range which with every play corrupts the vinyl on which it depends still command the loyalty of so many?
I suspect it may depend on the quality of the mastering on the CDs that they've listened to, as well as the source they have used for the comparison.
I have been lucky enough to have gone from decent TTs, to a great CDP to a very good streamer,......which has given me reasonable insight into how they all compare.
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McGowan says that a cd recording of a vinyl record is indistinguishable thus confirming there is no inherent superiority in analogue - interesting if true.
Very much to the point Cno.
The truly crazy thing is that most of the people I see and hear extolling the virtues of vinyl have pretty poor players, often third rate or worse.
My own experience was simply that the better the CD player and the better the record player the closer together they sounded in terms of sound quality.
For a brief period I was able to compare my own player, an SME20A/Red signature with the comparibly priced Wadia 860 and on some recordings the differences were actually difficult to hear, some modern, for the time, Deutsche Grammaphon DDD and DDA releases for example.
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Define 'so many'.
Only a very small percentage of music consumed is vinyl.
Nostalgia is your answer.
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Yes it is true, I have done it many times myself and the CDR recording of an LP sounds identical to the original LP.
I have done several blind tests so that I did not know which one I was listening to and I found it impossible to hear any difference .
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See I was reading only last night that MP3s sound better than vinyl, and that really all one needs these days is an iPod and speakerettes. I guess all those turntable designers are wasting their time, then.
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surely a cd 'rip' of a vinyl recording is only sampling the waveform with digital steps, then converted with a dac. is some information lost? should it sound slightly less warm for example
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