Written text are digital? There is no such thing as perfect anything. Sure, a digital file of an audio recording can be played thousands of time without degradation, but the playing part is just one link in the chain. If you have 4 ohm computer speakers, the sound will be degraded the moment you try to play over a certain level of loudness. Have I mentioned the soundcard? Or LPs. CDs take up space, are not great for the environment, and at this point I do my listening via my computer, iPhone or iPad.
But that was ludicrous; LPs had noise and deteriorated over time. Cd is a cracking format but sadly was never done correctly en-masse. Downloads is a hit and miss but getting better with HD Tracks and so on.
I still have my Pandora account. I take issue with LP records deteriorating over time. One of the songs came off with the equivalent of a vinyl record being scratched on one spot. Very ugly results. I have purchased very old vinyl records that were dirty and had scuffs. After proper cleaning and proper playing on a properly set up turntable, they sound great: no distortions.
By definition, the turntable needle is creating damage every tin an LP is player. I had a Discwasher, took great care of my LPs, but they just cannot last. I rarely have any issues with downloads. And what needles did you use on your well-cared LP records? Sure, physics indicate Everybody Loves My Car - Talk Show - Talk Show (CD two solid objects rubbing against each other will cause friction. I wonder if someone actually measured the wear on vinyl records caused by the friction of a needle, all things being equal excellent record, needle in Everybody Loves My Car - Talk Show - Talk Show (CD shape, etc.
The needle is just one of several components of an audio equipment. Perhaps we could all take a step back and make allowances for other circumstances and factors that caused deterioration on a vinyl record. Seems like you are in denial. Prefer vinyl or CDs?
No denial. You give your opinion as if it were a fact. By definition means that this is factual. Happy to provide references and my own longtime experience would confirm such degradation. You just pointed me to a blog posting written by someone. This posting entertains expert opinions. Again, no demonstrable or repeatable facts. I also am assuming that our ears get used to a certain way of music being played because our hearing adapts to it. As point of opinion not factI remember how noticeably better I sensed a certain stereo-recorded song played on my Walkman, having been accustomed to listening to monoaural up to that point.
I do enjoy them. Peace out. I agree with you John. I use all formats 1. Vinyl cheese and wine time 2. Digital files for party and mobility. Quality time and quality listening time 2. Convenience and to protect my precious vinyl at party time lol 3. Mobility, my only draw back is the storage and quality. They are sharply cut off just above 22khz by an anti aliasing filter.
And the odds of having a properly adjusted turntable playing a properly mastered and well engineered recording does narrow the sonic advantages to those who really care. For classical listeners the combination of Roon music server wrapped around the Tidal streaming service is the best way to explore new music. I scan the millions of files on my server Album) what to play. I need more time! Your last paragraph point to a very real problem with Internet-based music and video : the dizzyingly wide selection of tracks to listen, genres to explore and audio formats to indulge in, choosing MP3 or Ogg Vorbis or some Apple lossless format.
We could end up spending more time on those aspects instead of enjoying the music. Who has the time to listen to all of that? Of course, someone could point to me one downside of creating a collection of vinyl records on just a few genres: say, the several versions of Goldberg Variations made by different pianists across the decades. I guess it depends on my level of satisfaction and my priorities. There are other considerations the author does not address.
Some old tracks, cuts or albums never see the light of day on a CD version or even on a streaming version because, you guessed it, of the lack of economic incentive.
I own thousands of tracks on my iTunes library. I also own many of the CDs. But there are albums that only exist on vinyl.
I began buying and collecting vinyl records not because it was cheaper, or more convenient, but because I find more information on the cover, from the circumstances that led to a certain recording to who composed what or arranged this or that. Some of this historical data is not to be found on Wikipedia or the Internet.
And where does the author get that vinyl records are more fragile than CDs or other formats? I see magnetic cassette tapes completely absent from this discussion. Ever had a tape recorder eat your cassette, Mr. A vinyl record is made of PVC, one of the more durable plastics ever fashioned. Use a blunt needle and you will definitely wear and destroy your vinyl record for sure.
Point made! Most importantly, we all have a choice. Reminds me of the penny. They have a nostalgic attachment to them. And I say this as someone who loves vinyl and someone who is older and actually grew up with it.
No reason to produce them these days. This article feels like it was published in the early s when CDs were still present and the vinyl was a tiny niche. Today, most musicians and music lovers, especially in their 20ss, are much more appreciating the format, and its timeless advantages. None of my old records have skips, and of the almost used records I have amassed ever since getting back into vinyl three years ago, not one has a needle skip.
Many of my copies appear scratched up and come from dollar bins and thrift stores, and I clean each incoming record using a washing system. I personally, reject any record that skips, regardless of how rare it is or how badly I want the album to be in my collection. CDs pale in comparison to vinyl. The only downsides are convenience and cost. IMO CDs sound dead. If it was recorded on a digital board your vinyl is no longer analog, it will sound the same at best as a CD.
If you were smart enough to record on tape you are fine, however if you are using a digital mixing board you are no longer analog and therefore no need to go to vinyl.
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