Re: Vinyl quality vs. digital sound


Subject: Re: Vinyl quality vs. digital sound
From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (bathory@maltedmedia.com)
Date: Fri Oct 22 2004 - 08:22:42 EDT


At 12:43 PM 10/22/04 +0100, Richard Wentk wrote:
>But even on good equipment low level detail still gets
>mangled because any 16 bit system doesn't have the resolution to reproduce
>it properly.

Though I work in 24/96 for the source, the final mix is for 16/44 ... and
even to 128K MP3 for web work -- another story entirely, as a generation
brought up on MP3s is *definitely* going to have a different listening
standard.

Yes I think the oversampled playback available on some CD players does a
very good job of cleaning up the edginess on the top end. Interpolating in
the digital realm and raising where the filters have to kick in really
seems to work. (To your point, though, it's still a compromise with a
decades-old system.)

But because of the pops and other noises you also mention, I simply can't
listen to vinyl anymore either. Or rather, I can listen to it one time --
long enough to make a digital transfer. I've been in the process of
converting and cleaning up those few items I've valued on vinyl -- just did
"Furious Pig" a few weeks ago, and it still rocks. The vinyl-ishness is
still there, but it's listenable now.

I guess it's all in the expectation. I've got digital ears now. That analog
'warmth' and the MP3 'crunch' send me running. :)

Dennis

 



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