is vinyl superior sound to cd?
about 2 years ago now i bought the watership down 1978 soundtrack on cd, i couldn't afford the vinyl version and i do not have a vinyl record player anymore....ive saw people online who comment that vinyl sound is always far superior sound to that of a cd...is this true and why?
- Uncle PennybagsLv 711 months agoFavourite answer
CDs are clearer and due to their nature of sampling, do not capture the full sound possible.
On the other hand, Vinyl gives you that full sound + scratches, hisses and distortions. That is its nature.
Of the two, I'd prefer the CD. I am not enough of an audiophile to detect the missing sound, but I sure as heck can detect the sounds that aren't supposed to be there, but are with vinyl.
The best of both worlds would be to have a new digital standard, that has a much higher sample rate, and higher bit sound range than CDs do. Then you'd get fuller sound without the extra noise and distortions. They do have this..but there is no standard and it's a niche audience.
- DavidLv 511 months ago
No, no and hell no. The only people who have deluded them selves into believing that are smelly hipsters.
- 11 months ago
Ask HMV ! they are still available for rent!
- spacemissingLv 711 months ago
No, CD is superior to vinyl.
but don't try to tell a vinyl devotee that.
I have and use both.
In my experience, records Just Can Not equal CDs for sound quality.
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- lareLv 711 months ago
an audioCD is uncompressed digital and offers much less distortion and no added noises compared to analog, either vinyl or tape. MPEG3 digital audio, which is used mostly for internet and computer files has many issues that compromise its quality, so it would be a toss-up when compared with good analog gear. Another instance where digital is better than analog is FM radio. HD radio presents much better audio for an automobile listening environment because it is immune to multipath distortion in urban areas and no fading in rural areas.
- MamiankaLv 711 months ago
Annnnnddd - here we go again. If you are educated enough, have deep enough pockets, and are willing to take the massive amount of time to learn HOW to assemble a truly fine audio system for vinyl - you will enjoy tremendously what you hear. If you want easy access to decent sound, although squished and then tarted up - but easy to access, store, etc. - then buy all means, stick with digital. You will get used to the *fast-food* but still nutritious diet it provides. Frankly, most of the music heard in this house is LIVE - practicing, rehearsals, etc. Many years ago, we dismantled that vinyl system that lived in DH's music studio, and took over a thousand vinyls into the basement. Some found other homes - and we changed all the storage in his studio, gained a lot of footage for rehearsals, and put in shelves for 5,000 CDs, and all the print music for piano, etc. My studio has all things FLUTE - all my instruments, about forty feet of shelves of flute music/chamber music with flute, and all the flute CDs - and yeah - cassette tapes of us I need to transcribe. New digital recordings we make of ourselves sound good - but not as good as us live. My adult son is a recording engineer (among other musical things) and he could make them better - and faker if we wished - but we need the reality check for our self-improvement Yes, there are musicians whose incorporation of digital effects, etc. is part of the music. And in every human endeavor, there are people who grumble that "baseball is not the same with the new baseballs", or "colorizing an old movie is sacrilege" - we could all go on and on.
So - if an ONLY if you are willing to play vinyl as it was meant to be done - and not on a Crosley - then perhaps in time you can hear the better sound quality - IF IF IF that recording was also made to certain specs. If you cannot tell Thunderbird from a fine single malt Scotch - then save you money, and enjoy what you want.
- Robert JLv 711 months ago
The only way LPs can hypothetically be better is high frequency response, but that is above the range of normal human hearing anyway.
That also assumes they are played on absolutely perfect equipment (which which rules out anything any normal person can afford anyway).
In every other way - noise, low frequency response, durability etc. CD is better regardless of equipment used to play a vinyl disc; it's simply superseded by better technology.
Newer digital audio formats with higher sample rates and higher bit depths are better still, 2 - 8x better resolution than CD, and are far beyond any "vinyl" record system.
[Electronics designer and audio enthusiast for 40+ years].
Edit re.comments to this and other answers:
And any generic CD player, PC audio setup or "surround sound DVD/Blu-ray player" will have better audio quality than anything less than any "vinyl player" being pushed on the public..
How does my answer not fit with the "middling or less" quality gear?
..then perhaps in time you can hear the better sound quality...
The "better sound quality which only possibly (hypothetically could only) exists above around 20KHz ??
Exactly what percentage of adults old enough to appreciate serious music can hear that range?
Near enough zero. Sorry, but you make a meaningless claim there.
The best _possible_ noise floor for LPs is around -60db to just possibly -70db. That is a limit of the physics of the mechanical reproduction system.
The 16 bit digital format used in CD audio has a fundamental noise floor of about -100db.
Any distortion caused by digitisation within normal audible frequencies is far, far below the levels that any "vinyl" system can possibly reproduce undistorted on any possible equipment.
LPs (vinyl) are simply NOT, EVER as good as CDs on a technical basis.
Different recordings may be different qualities and different producers may mix masters in different ways, so subjectively different releases may occasionally sound different, but that is nothing to do with which user format is technically better.
Re. the "top technology" - Blu-ray audio can be anything up to 24 bit 192KHz sample rate. I suspect quite a decent percentage of people on here have blu-ray systems??
- Anonymous11 months ago
Actually 8 track is.
When the singers sing in the studio it gets recorded to a big reel to reel 8 track.
Then the reel to reel 8 track gets transferred to vinyl records [superior format]
CD [digital format]
Anymore they use digital equipment [I'm assuming] so everything digitally mastered and this theory don't apply anymore.
- G. WhilikersLv 711 months ago
Some people like the sound of vinyl better, but compact disc is better at actually reproducing the sound.
(Now watch the audiophiles pile on.)
- naughtydogg70Lv 711 months ago
No digital is superior.