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Does music sound better on vinyl records than on CDs?
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Vinyl is back, no doubt about it. Sales of vinyl records have been soaring, although they still represent only a tiny fraction of the music industry's revenues: about 2 percent in 2014. Is this growth because, as some respected sources breathlessly state—I'm looking at you, Wired magazine—vinyl sounds better than digital media? Or is there some sort of retro-hype going on?
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For me, I love vinyl, and all its memories, but to really crank....I love a disc............ 1dunno1
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I've never heard anything on vinyl Hiding
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As much as I love my CDs there is nothing quite like spinning a disc to bring music to life.

I can listen to Tchaikovsky all day long but if you want the real impact of the 1812 overture and can't hear it live then vinyl is the way to go.

Same with the old time blues. Just get the feels going much better with a record over a CD. It's more 'alive' somehow.
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(07-19-2016, 07:42 PM)~mc~ Wrote: I've never heard anything on vinyl Hiding

its a bit scratchy at times,but if you grew up with it, you can't help but love it........BUT...loud, nothing is better than HQ disc's
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Vinyl because it isn't compressed!
When you compress music the strongest frequencies push through and the weaker ones are kicked out for compression!
It's a lovely idea that folk post vinyl videos on 'Youtube' but it's shear cosmetics! :)
MC really? As a boy I used to get up in the morning and bang on the cans and a plethora of great music! :)
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Science had proven (tongue in cheek) with acoustics that there deeper highs and lows with lps.  Depends on your preference, I guess.  I like needle to vinyl sometimes.  May be a placebo effect.
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MC is is bullshitting you there
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(07-19-2016, 07:24 PM)Free Store Wrote: Vinyl is back, no doubt about it. Sales of vinyl records have been soaring, although they still represent only a tiny fraction of the music industry's revenues: about 2 percent in 2014. Is this growth because, as some respected sources breathlessly state—I'm looking at you, Wired magazine—vinyl sounds better than digital media? Or is there some sort of retro-hype going on?
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The word better is not really appropriate imo; it's too subjective and not dynamic enough to capture all that is involved in the experience of sliding that tonearm to the precise groove on the face of your vintage vinyl. Dropping that diamond-tipped cone shape needle on to your spinning disc... with a bump and scratch; you can almost feel the music being lifted from the record. If that isn't enough the nostalgia that fills the room along with the analog frequencies pumping through a vacuum tube is just about as sexy as it gets imo.

Is that 'better' than speaking the words 'play song' to a tiny device that looks like Fisher Price's space-age take on a vintage laptop? Anon  Nostalgia is sexy and as some have mentioned already sometimes the character and artifacts heard popping from a record can transport you back to the smokey blues joint or oil stained garage where our great music was originally conceived.

Similarly you might say uncompressed digital audio waves isolated on their own channel; recorded from a brass instrument that is then sent squealing out of a modern Klipsch horn tweeter is alive in it's own way. Certainly the sound quality of uncompressed digital audio coming through these high-end components is 'better' than the analog alternative... but that's a different kind of better. A much more impressive, but less sexy 'better'.

The growth of vinyl cannot be blamed simply on sounds alone but also on the retro-vintage hype as you accurately put it... it's all part of the package. Then there is the profits & quarterly earnings pressure of company stockholders. Chuckle Mid century modern furniture, needs mid century modern audio equipment to sit on top of it afterall ;-) With modern soundbars, smart tv's and uncompressed digital audio... the audio road has reached it's final destination. The death of individually specialized audio components and their high powered amplifiers; the electronics companies will gladly step in and sell old technology as new again ;-)

In our modern world of simplified design... equipment all but void of visible moving parts we will continue to be attracted more and more to the vintage engineering of yesteryear.

Besides Sublime sounds fucking fantastic on vinyl! Chuckle
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#10
I still have and use a sony Mini disc player.. and I do prefer it over records with their proprietary multi phased compression software for sound reproduction.


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