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CD vs. Vinyl: “Which is the best quality?”

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Avatar HefMan4
12 Nov 2018 08:34
I actually like that vinyl "crack". I don't know why but it has this nostalic feel to it that adds to every song. If you listen to the music genre of "lo-fi", you'll notice that a lot of songs add the vinyl crack in the background to make the song sound old and nostalgic. I think the reason it's so nostalgic is because music nowadays has a very high standard of quality and you don't hear many songs with "imperfections". If you go back even 20 years ago, the majority of people couldn't afford a music player that produces the quality we hear today. So, a lot of the music or sounds you were listening to had these imperfections but people weren't bothered by it because it was the norm. Now when people hear stuff like vinyl cracks, tape stops etc. It makes them feel like they are young again when life was simpler. This "nostalgic" feel is why a lot of people including me, like listening to vinyl tracks or tapes once in a while. I'm not saying I don't like modern quality because some songs rely on it to sound good. But it's good to grab that old vinyl disk and play it once in a while and rewind to your childhood.
Avatar Thi500
03 Nov 2018 19:23
Kylobits are smaller than kilobytes, I think
Avatar SkulHedFace
08 Nov 2018 15:17
In reply to Thi500
They are.
Avatar MusicLover317
03 Nov 2018 13:38
vinyl is cool for sure, but cds are good because they both have clear audio quality, but they also have the ability to be burnt and taken on the go. you can't get a vinyl mixtape for as cheap as a 100-pack of cd-rs, could you?
Avatar Dedode3
02 Nov 2018 20:57
Even though DVD is more compact, all the history man had favored large things: large horses, large bank accounts, large ice cream sundaes. No body really likes DVDs. Size matters, Vinyl is the superior format.
Avatar monstercat
01 Nov 2018 01:11
vinyl is great, but it's probably overrated

in terms of audio quality, it may depend on the record player and the sampling of a song (and also your audio equipment!); i find cds to be very competitive against vinyl discs for audio quality when comparing tunes on both mediums

personally most of my music is in 320kbps mp3 to save space (and also for greater compatibilty across devices), but i do have flac versions of more memorable albums that are notably well sampled; i don't own a record player, although i want one bc i want to be a hipster lol

also good blog
Avatar SkulHedFace
01 Nov 2018 20:41
In reply to monstercat
Thanks, 😁
Avatar JonahBrake2
31 Oct 2018 14:46
I don't do vinyl or cd's, i just listen to the radio
Avatar SkulHedFace
01 Nov 2018 20:41
In reply to JonahBrake2
You’re missing out.
Avatar JonahBrake2
01 Nov 2018 22:27
In reply to SkulHedFace
Well i do have a vinyl player, but i don't always use it because i don't have a bunch of records/laserdiscs. I use the radio because it gives variety, and also has weather channl capabilities.
Avatar Finrod
31 Oct 2018 13:30
Incase you need it.

>http://www.YouTube.com
Avatar SkulHedFace
01 Nov 2018 20:46
In reply to Finrod
YouTube compresses its videos’ audio into a much lower bitrate than a store-bought CD. YouTube is only good for music that you don’t really care a great deal about.
Avatar banjo2
04 Nov 2018 07:54
In reply to SkulHedFace
Tell that to the people that keep telling me to listen to "high-quality rips" off YT rather than ripping them myself
Avatar banjo2
31 Oct 2018 14:47
In reply to Finrod
/TechnologyConnections
Avatar HullBreach
31 Oct 2018 00:44
Audiophiles generally determine a quality-pressed vinyl to be higher-fidelity to the source for the first several plays. After that point, the physical contact of the stylus to the surface slightly wears down the grooves, degrading audio quality. Before the whole industry moved to digital, DJs used to discard vinyls after about 20-30 plays. Though CDs start as ower-fidelity, the quality never degrades, since it’s digital and never physically contacts the laser head that reads it.

I personally prefer higher-quality digital to either vinyls or CDs. For a few years, DVD-Audio had minor success, so I gained a collection of them across several genres. I’ve found that higher bit depth made more of a difference than higher sampling rate, since it allows for a broader dynamic range so that for instance, the quiet flute in an orchestra can still be heard whole the brass ensemble bellows.
Avatar monstercat
01 Nov 2018 01:05
In reply to HullBreach
32-bit 384khz 1800kbps flac or bust
Avatar monstercat
01 Nov 2018 01:11
In reply to monstercat
actually more like dsd
Avatar HullBreach
01 Nov 2018 13:08
In reply to monstercat
DSD was the format pushed by Sony for SACDs. Though the demos I heart were much clearer than CDs, the format was not without its flaws. DSD was a completely different encoding method than the industry had used for decades and didn’t translate all that well to existing D-to-A and A-to-D converters. Plus, since it was based on very low bit-depth but very high bit-rate, it could be prone to introducing noise to the audio - though I never got enough into the format to experience it.

DVD-Audio used existing PCM technology, where audio wareform samples were repeatedly taken - just had much higher bit depths and sampling rates than CDs, DATs, or the music tracks of DVD-Video. DVD-Audio supported up to 24bit 192kHz stereo or 24bit 5.1 surround. Since it was the same format as CDs and DVD-Video, older audio hardware could down-sample the recording.

I played around with making my own DVD-Audio recordings several years back. It was enjoyable creating tracks that did fun effects, like swirling around the room or echoing off the walls.
Avatar monstercat
02 Nov 2018 02:18
In reply to HullBreach
wow! interesting read, thanks

nowadays is your digital music collection mostly lossless or compressed?
Avatar HullBreach
03 Nov 2018 01:55
In reply to monstercat
I don't really listen to music much these days, since I have enough tunes stuck in my head to keep me entertained. My family is probably sick of me whistling the Jurassic Park theme all the time.

Actually, I sometimes just run around aimlessly in video games, just to listen to the soundtracks. Some of my favorites are Guar Plain in Xenoblade Chronicles, Gormott in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and the title screen in Super Mario Galaxy. Those would all be lossy compression.

I have introduced my kids to Blue Man Group, which I have on DVD-Audio (MLP/lossless). The quality is so high that it makes you feel like giant Smurfs are pounding PVC pipes right next to you.
Avatar SkulHedFace
31 Oct 2018 02:52
In reply to HullBreach
I rarely play vinyl anymore because of that.
Avatar GEMini GUARDian
31 Oct 2018 00:11
i have never had a vinyl disc

but have always wanted one

for now i just listen to all my songs on either my portable cd player or my mp3
Avatar banjo2
31 Oct 2018 00:11
Last spoiler is right

I actually stoped opening them after about 4 of them
Avatar GEMini GUARDian
31 Oct 2018 00:11
In reply to banjo2
stole my feature by a second
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