An interesting piece on the return of the vinyl LP,this article bears some relevance to the question of digital vs. analog.
Sweet! I'm going be able to call a record a record again without being gazed upon like I just fell of the short bus!
....man there's nothing like the sound and unique quality churned out from the speakers made by listening to a good LP. The little imperfections, the tiny sound made when not amplified, the scratching ability (in the Pro DJ sense of the word), and the album covers are things which vinyl bring to the table and connect the end user to the artist with overwhelming velvety smoothness. Some of the younger blokes here will scoff and hiss, but try it before you dismiss it. The "78 rpm Album" is one vestige of the music industry that NEEDS to stay around. Bring back da freshest sounds.
"Since the audio on vinyl can't be compressed to such extremes..." clearly this guy has no idea what he is talking about
the romance of vinyl. For me its always vinyl for collectibles or Oasis albums, CD's for good albums and downloads for just a good tune.
nothing that can compare to vynil..pure analog=pure perfection..and when put through a top mixer and speakers it destroys all competition
Vinyl is great but only for people looking to collect stuff for the nostalgic importance. But the future is in digital distribution because it is cheap and you can buy only the songs you want. I now have a music collection over 20,000 songs thanks to mp3 downloads through P2P and now iTunes makes it even better with a buck per song so I'm not stuck paying $15 for a CD when I only like 2-3 songs on it. Before the digital revolution, one could only afford a few dozen CDs put now you can get an entire catalog in no time. Bottom line is CD and Vinyl are both dead and will never be part of the mainstream. Keep collection them cause you can make some serious money on ebay.
No MP3 is.
all my LPs, quite a few dating back to the 60's. I listen to them fairly often. I've also recorded most of them as MP3s for my players and streaming. But nothing beats the sound of the Dave Brubeck quartet on vinyl.
Vinyl is a little over-hyped. There are audible advantages to it over CD, but there are also glaring flaws in vinyl (not being able to reproduce decent bass unless it is panned dead centre, poor frequency transition between middle and upper frequencies, etc.), and having to turn a disc over every 15 mins gets boring fast, especially if you want to chill out on your couch. The artwork, though, is great: 12" x 12" makes for some nice designs. Still, if you want better sound then go SACD or DVD-A... pity there isn't enough of a catalogue for high-end digital formats, though.
You hit the nail on the head. SACD and DVD-A are the solution, not vinyl. Really though this argument reminds me of the vodka versus whiskey argument. Do you want pure and clean or messy with character.
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