Re: What's the last album you listened to?
posted at 3/5/2014 1:17 PM EST
In response to devildavid's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
You might all hate me for writing this, one of you certainly will.......but if, IMO, you love music and don't own a turntable you are denying yourself at least 30% of the pleasure of music.
The sound quality of CDs vs vinyl is, IMO, a huge gulf and anyone with an open mind and ears will hear and acknowledge it within seconds. Literally, it's not even close.
mp3s? They make CDs sound good.....total rubbish.
Not surprisingly, I disagree with you about CD vs. vinyl sound quality.
Really DD? IMO the sound of mp3s is of a wildly poor standard compared to vinyl...it's awful. The CD/vinyl gap is not as profound, IMO, but significant and obvious, particularly for certain types of music....as I type this I'm thinking the sort of music I generally listen to is better suited to vinyl which colours my view, but I still think anyone could hear any music on CD and vinyl formats and easily, instantly identify which is which.
I agree with you on mp3s. Quality is sacrificed for posrtablility and convenience.
As far as vinyl vs. CD, it all depends on what Master source is used. A CD that simply uses the same master as the vinyl record used tends to sound worse than the vinyl. But using a good Master source on CD can give you excellent sound quality that can exceed the vinyl equivalent. A lot depends on the Master source and the original medium used to record the music.
Totally agree with all your mp3 comments.
Not with you on the other, though I'm absolutely NOT an expert on the issue and would welcome all views. In my music scene, including most of the bands on our label and most of the bands I know and love, most/all play/use/record on vintage instruments, amps and studios. Can I tell by ear if a git player is using a vintage Ricky or a modern one? Absolutely not, I assume some can. Drum kit? Nope, not me. Keys? Hell yeah, seems obvious to me if someone is playing a vintage Vox/Farfisa (which I love) or a Hammond (eh) vs a modern "equivalent".
Cooked dinner last night for a mate (jerk chicken, not from scratch but if you want to buy a brilliant jerk sauce, let me know, Louie is the Man. Comically, it's called "Boston Jerk". Hello!)....my guest was from a totally different music scene (he's into techno/ambient sort of stuff). He laughed when I told him I prefer mono to studio recordings. If he disagreed with my taste, fine, art is subjective. But he believes four legs good, two legs bad....absurd, IMO.
Most bands in our scene record in analog (I prefer that and think I can hear the difference), and some to tape....pointless, IMO....I absolutely cannot hear the difference if a lacquer is made from a CD or a tape, and don't believe many/most/anyone could.
I'm aware that proper sound engineers will (for a vinyl and CD release) make two masters...one for vinyl, one for CD. I've never asked why.....am going to. I don't think I'm ignorant or lazy, I just don't give a crap about digital music.
Finally, I think it's obvious if an album is being played from CD or vinyl....but that's me. I've tried to make it clear that I'm no expert, and there are some things some people claim they can distinguish that I am unable to hear (yet!).
Buy vinyl or bye bye vinyl!