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In Reply to: RE: Not Necessarily posted by DRam on March 12, 2017 at 18:20:53
Now you've got me totally confused:
"Actually what I compared was that cassette played on my Nakamichi BX-1 and a CD played on a Samsung BlueRay player through my stereo system."
So, where does the iPod fit into the picture? And, what was the source you used to make the cassette recording (vinyl LP, CD, etc.)?
This is part of what I meant when I said there are many variables in the record/playback chain. Even more-so when we re-record different sources and transfer to different devices! It's too easy to make meaningless comparisons and draw unfounded conclusions. It's harder to make useful comparisons and draw valid conclusions.
Apparently, I mistakenly picked up on and assumed you were playing an mp3 as a result of reading Kootenay's post, and thought you had created an mp3 for your iPod from your original CD, and thought you were playing your iPod through your stereo. Shame on me and Kootenay! So, then, I looked up the ".we" file type, and found nothing on neither the Windows nor Apple websites, although, I did find some references on "3rd party" sites which I've never heard of, and which I don't "click on" for safety reasons.
In any case, I'm not being argumentative - you're making an effort to compare. That's good. I'm just trying to help you understand that you have many more variables here than would allow you to draw your conclusion, and the importance of accurately describing the test/comparison conditions and source material.
Edits: 03/13/17Follow Ups:
The iPod is what was usually used on long drives. Last week a Sony Walkman was used instead. My initial comparison was one of iPod (memory) and tape being used at the time.
Source for the cassette used was vinyl played on a Dual 704, Shure V15III cartridge, so that tape was analogue from source to recorder.
Files saved to the iPod are sourced from vinyl. saved to my computer as .wave files on GoldWave audio editing program, the loaded to the iPod.
The .we you were looking for is a typo.
The entire experience was one of comparing digital to analogue after finding that an .wave file digitized didn't sound as good as tape played on an old Walkman. I used a CD to see if there was a difference between a commercially created source, expecting to find there wasn't much difference.
I felt there was a noticeable difference in favor of the tape.
I apologize for my lack of clarity.
Thanks for the follow-up. If I understand correctly (IIUC), you played your cassette on one machine, made on another machine, from an LP, and your original commercial CD? If so, then this really isn't a cassette vs iPod comparison. As the American Airlines computer voice would say, "Have I got that right?" :)
DRam, buddy, pal, you literally cannot draw ANY conclusions from your comparison, other than to say that YOU liked one over the other on this stereo system. It cannot be said that it has anything to do with analog vs digital.
Uncontrolled comparisons are fraught with perils, and this one is just the tip of the iceberg! :)
Having said that, I recently had the opportunity to compare multiple formats of a song on multiple systems. Originally recorded digitally, it was produced on vinyl LP, SACD, CD and is on Youtube. I've heard all of them on some very nice systems, and there are definite differences. But that's a story for another day.
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