Yup, another one of those, hoping to convince a few of you to take up vinyl as an other source, rather than to abandon digital or damn the format.
I rarely buy the same recordings both on vinyl and cd/download unless I come across a bargain or want something to rip. Vinyl is usually my first choice these days but because of increasing prices I probably buy as much if not more cd's. Both can sound very good and both can sound abysmal. When buying vinyl I normally try to source an 'original' early press in as good condition as possible rather than re-pressings, even the 'audiophile' ones on heavy duty plastic. There is a better chance that it was cut from the original master rather than copied from a cd, often the case these days unless you know the labels which pay meticulous attention to sourcing the originals (if still available).
Anyways, one of those albums I have on both formats is Branford Marsalis 'Random Abstract'.
All subjectiv of course;
On vinyl; Involving, dynamic and with superb resolution througout the frequency range. Bass hits hard and clean, the trumpet is live (life) like hanging just in front of the speakers plane about man height. Drums have real impact and delicately struck high hats are just that, absolutely lovely to listen to. The whole thing is knitted together beautifully without that sometimes 'wrong' almost phasey spatial resolution that especially high bit players exhibit. Piano again is wonderful with texture and impact.
CD; Clean, orderly but 'flat' with no real depth perspective. High hats almost seem distorted and the signal just seems suddenly to end without that dissappearance into space. - There is more subjective separation to the players but the downside is the play apart rather than together, there is less cohesion which, to me anyway, distracts from the music. Piano tinkels away with no real passion, its difficult to make out keys being struck with different force.
I have no reason to believe the CD is not recorded from the original as it was produced by the same company but it sounds very different. Less enjoyable only because I also have the vinyl to compare with.
What I'm saying here is not that vinyl sounds better than CD, it doesn't always and to be honest, it doesn't matter to me sometimes, but its a source to be taken seriously. When it is good it is seriously good. It's longevity surely being proof enough but for those doubters out there, do yourself a favour and get a Turntable and some nice vinyl if you can.
So many starting collecting vinyl again can't be wrong.