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The real figures show:
Posted by jj on December 8, 1999 at 09:59:12:
That both vinyl and CD work the same way, numerically, and that LP, a good, well-adjusted LP table properly supported, etc, is 20 dB WORSE at *best* than a CD.
Sorry. The same "problem" you have with "distortion" at low levels (It's noise, btw, not distortion, if the CD is dithered correctly, which finally most are) happens just the same way, but at 10 times the level, at best, on an LP.
Btw, "Signal to Noise Ratio" is a better thing to measure than distortion, but neither measurement means a lot directly to hearing.
Having done both, and examined the noise spectra, though, LP and CD can be compared in this case, for this measurement. (This does not mean that all cases where SNR is measured can be compared, thank you.)
Having said that, LP has a whole set of euphonic distortions that many of us like to listen to, and there is nothing wrong with that.