Don't Cry Out Loud. Fly Too High. Just One Look. Ring My Bell. Wuthering Heights. Something's Missing In My Life. Easy Listening Gold. Stay With Me Till Dawn. Six Ribbons. Don't Cry For Me Argentina. The Rose. On The Inside. Lucky Stars. Music Box Dancer. You've Lost That Loving Feeling. Group Hits. And so it is with music. Many musicians can hit a cool note or even a chord. But their true greatness is measured in riffs at the very least. In phrasing, not diction.
And phrasing is about timing, not bandwidth, resolution or even dynamics… Now, there is something about turntables and reel-to-reel machines that, in spite of all their imperfections, handles phrasing better. Perhaps, there are DACs with stratospheric price-tags that do it even better. That is, of course, if you are fine with all the ritualistic hassle that comes with them not to mention the current tape prices.
And yes, as Radiohead make clear with the special edition of their latest album, tape tends to deteriorate over time, and so do the LPs. But then so do we. You can even hear your voice transmitted by the cartridge and amplified by your audio system. On top of that, you have to constantly replace your cartridge, clean your records and adjust the speed of your turntable.
In my listening experience the phono pre is critical and the place where most LP playback systems fail. At the lower — medium end no doubt vinyl sounds better. There are a handful of people out there acquiring from where?
I find it easier to imagine they are onto something special than anyone using even the most expensive turntables, tone arms and cartridges. And for many music lovers, the low yet pleasant fidelity of entry level vinyl and valves, for that matter is exactly what they are after to increase their connection to music.
Incidentally, these music lovers have more in common to the flat earth audio movement of the 80s as espoused by Ivor T. Stephen Mejias also touched on another facet of audio consumerism in an article he wrote for Stereophile in regards to the unfathomable popularity of Beats audio. In a lot of ways, that line of thinking also applies current non-audiophile revival of vinyl.
Yeah, I can see that as plausible but probably not the majority position. According to this lady there is a political understood in Marxist categories of course reason for it all:. Might it be that vinyl has no pre- and post-ringing issues that make it so popular compared to digital audio via DAC..?
Peter — nope. MQA sounds warmer and richer than standard digital. So this is something that both analogue and MQA share…. Good anything beats bad anything. However, in my experience decent analog beats just about any digital in the ways that analog is inherently superior. And THAT is why young people even with mediocre set ups are digging it. It is a completely different sonic experience.
The actual act of converting the vinyl source to digital would theoretically compromise the comparison. I have a vinyl collection from my youth that is mostly pre-digital, with some new releases mixed in. Thank you for clarifying that mixing and mastering today is mostly rubbish…. No sampling no digital filters no time domain jitter issues. Not perfect, but in the ways that it is better, it is much better as every fair comparison demonstrates to even the greatest skeptics.
I played a Beethoven violin concerto to a digital recording engineer. You should try this, yourself. I have original issue albums, in great condition, from a number of artists that have since been re-issued on modern vinyl.
In all cases, there are matching high-res tracks released on places like HDTracks. I also have early 80s Japanese high-quality pressings of things like the entire Led Zeppelin catalog. I like both, to be honest, but the differences are not subtle.
Lack if resolution! A while back, a noted vinyl fanatic and blogger posted a set of vinyl rips made with different phono cartridges to give insight to his readers on the performance of said cartridges. He used a very expensive turntable, and none of the cartridges were cheap either. The download files were the actual WAVs produced in the rips. The particular track used was picked for its good dynamic range and variety of musical sounds.
Indeed, one could hear differences in the files, some sounding better and others worse. But this listener found that the very best sounding version of the track in question was… wait for it… wait for it… the kbps Spotify one I pulled up for comparison. The Spotify version was livelier, more dynamic, and just plain more fun to listen to.
And by then I was really sick of the cut. Why would you to this level of effort to compare sound from such a low end turntable? You should have used something like an RP 3. I read it quite well. You compared top end digital files to a low end turntable. Every vinyl fan will see this and dismiss the article and they should. What are top end files? I compared the CD rip with the vinyl — same master. Most of all, my listening to the Rega RP1 dispels the notion that all vinyl is awesome, always — a message endlessly propagated by the mainstream press.
My system includes a peachtree novase, oppo bdp, and a music hall mmf2. In general vinyl playback in my system has more proverbial warmth, and body, while suffering from less glare and loudness.
I can turn up the volume louder without harshness when i listen to records. In short, vinyl is just more pleasing and less fatiguing on my ears. Of course a big part of the Vinyl fun is that different turntable setups sound different.
And one cannot deny that it is much more difficult to get a good TT than just buy a Chord Hugo and a Macbook. But it can prove more rewarding. It is not only the enormous quantity of discs you collect and that you can handle with, but it sounds different. This has hurt her a lot, she says. She is a gay woman. The diversity meter has just exploded. People are scratching, crawling on top of each other to survive, to get to the air.
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