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In Reply to: Is Analog really betterthan digital? posted by MusicLover on October 31, 2004 at 09:13:27:
There is an ease, fullness, and sense of body to analogue music that sounds more natural and real to many listeners. There is often a slight hardness, leanness, and lack of ease to digital that sounds artificial to many listeners. A/B comparisons, even by dyed in the wool digiphiles, can be quite startling in this respect. This is not to say that one is innately superior or more accurate to source. It is simply to say what the main perceived differences are.
The A/B comparisons?
Also, does the Audio Engineering SOciety believe Analog is a superior medium, in general, or is it just the posters here?
My impression is that ther is no scientific evidence toprove Vinyl is better, but by all objective measurements, digital is FAR better.
"...if nothing else, it showed me the biases of the posters here."
And we learned so much about you, also.
But, I have a suggestion: If you ever decide to come out from under that humble, little bridge you protect, try to listen to a decent analog set-up with an open mind. Let the magic surround you.
You, too, could be like my mother-in-law, who has been force-fed on digital these past 20 years, who said last Friday, without any prompting (we weren't even talking about music or reproduced sound), upon casually listening to Count Basie on Pablo spinning on my humble LP12/RB300/F9e set-up, "I don't know what it is about records, but they just sound... more like real music." As ineloquent as she might've put it, I believe that she said it all.
And she was sitting 10 feet away from the sweet spot.
The most recent A/B I did was with the Columbia Legacy Series Box sets of Miles Davis (Davis and Coltrane, etc.) and the Mosaic LP boxes. I've also done it with digitally remastered Decca recordings of Benjamin Britten's music with the original LP's.
If the original mastering is digital, LP's made from those masters sound a lot like the CD's. But when the mastering is analogue, that's where the differences seem most pronounced. Which is measurably (I assume that's what you mean) better is of some interest, but what seems more interesting is when you play both for an audio innocent and let her tell you which she prefers. Or my brother in law who loves music and is indifferent about audio. Both pick the LP every time.
I still own lots of CD's, play them, and enjoy them. But I have a superb, tube-based digital front end and I don't go from one medium directly to the other. You can adapt to good digital if your mind is on the music. But an awful lots of cdp's...well inhale hard, shall we say.
Of course, the real A/B is live music and recorded music. You needn't read more than the first section of this, unless you've nothing better to do, but the first section recounts my personal experience comparing live and recorded this past June. I apologize to those who have already been sent to this before.
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