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In Reply to: RE: Huh? posted by Amphissa on March 07, 2017 at 18:25:36
But still, I don't agree with all of your assertions:
"But vinyl cannot equal the SNR of digital" - Very true!
"The digital crowd perceive this [i.e., vinyl's more restricted SNR] as an advantage of digital, because, you know, measured numbers are the whole story." - Nope. Hearing is believing! (You know, if it sounds good, it is good!)
"But in reality, it [the restricted SNR of vinyl] is the key to the naturalness of analog audio. It just sounds more "real" than digital." - I can't speak for others, but, surely you'll agree that how "real" something sounds is, at least in part, system dependent, whether analog or digital.
"The neophytes call it [the restricted SNR of vinyl] "warmth" but it is not warmth, it is just closer to the real world experience." - I don't think we have a common understanding of "warmth" here. My experience is that when most people talk about audio "warmth", they're referring to a slight elevation of the bass frequencies as well as a slight roll-off of the highs, as well as the "more pleasant" even-order harmonic distortions.
"Once again, no universals." - Once again, agreement! ;-)
Well, the argument between analog vs digital has gone on for decades now, and there are those who still; prefer the sound of analog and those who love digital. I'm really not interested in going into all that anymore.
Given the choice between a pristine LP and a CD/SACD/DVD-A/BluRay, I will buy the LP. Because too often, I buy a digital release of an LP that I own, thinking it might sound better. Sometimes it does, like if the LP was poorly engineered or poorly pressed. But usually I still gravitate back to the LP, because it just sounds more natural to me.
That's my ears and my system. Others are free to listen to whatever music they like in whatever format they prefer, and I'm perfectly okay with whatever they want to do -- MP3s thru earbuds, I really don't care.
Coincidentally, there is a new thread on Vinyl Forum that directly addresses my point.
Digital Recordings on Vinyl
"Life without music is a mistake" (Nietzsche)
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