...They've rightly derided the brittle compression of CDs and given the cold shoulder to even the more robust digital formats, such as super-audio CDs. (Don't get them started on the hopeless degradation of MP3s.)
That had to hurt!
Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friendly to one, and enemy to none.
Might is well simply make your own music (write, compose, play, and record it).
... Using a CD recorder? ... Or on Tape (R2R)? ... Or 'burn an album' (acetate) directly?
All the Very Best, - Bob --------- "And it stoned me to my soul" - Van Morrison --------- AudiophileAudition
My admittedly biased reaction to reading the article this morning was that much of vinyl's current appeal does not relate to absolute sound quality. The discussion of cover art, the physicality of the medium, and the characterization of the sound quality differences have little or nothing to do with true audio quality. Criticizing the "brittle compression" of CD's must refer to mastering practices, because it is certainly not inherent to the medium, and even less so for higher resolution digital, which is lumped by the writer in with CD.
See a thread I started .. on TT I will get one but the reasons are definitely not sonics .. far from it .. Content and sentimentality
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
— E. F. Schumacher
(mis-attributed to A. Einstein)
"The embrace of vinyl isn't just some retro fad, but a push-back against the techno-triumphalism that insists there is no future for physical artifacts like books and newspapers. It's a small declaration of independence, a refusal to let the march of progress stomp on one's pleasures."
best quote in the article and what many vinylphiles won't admit too. of the many serious vinyl collectors ive know over the years, sound quality wasnt the first, second or third reason they hung on so long, althought they'll be quick to quote people like fremmer even though they never read TAS or knew what a decent system sounds like.
I like the part about how the ritual results in more purposeful listening. Perhaps it's become a welcome respite for the young 'uns from their multitasking lifestyles. Another one of the reasons I love LP is it forces me to slow the heck down. I have to say that even the silences between tracks and turning the record over are almost as pleasurable as the listening itself.
Oh, of course! It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the sound. *rolls eyes* I take it that he has never actually listened. If he had, he would not seem to be on par with a donkey.The embrace of vinyl isn't just some retro fad, but a push-back against the techno-triumphalism that insists there is no future for physical artifacts like books and newspapers. It's a small declaration of independence, a refusal to let the march of progress stomp on one's pleasures.
In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.
The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to a good analogue reproduction.
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