as CD sales eclipsed and nearly exterminated vinyl, the format was plagued by accusations that its sound was inferior, that it was merely a convenient alternative to the LP
Or maybe someone younger (older?) would see a CD as that great thing you could actually own before MP3s and Spotify?
No other format ever reached the massive dominance of the CD, though.
The second article contains the following:Quoteas CD sales eclipsed and nearly exterminated vinyl, the format was plagued by accusations that its sound was inferior, that it was merely a convenient alternative to the LPHmm, my understanding is that CD’s success came from the classical music sector, where convenience (and cost) were far less important than sound quality.
I feel like CD was the first format that was a huge improvement over what came before.
The first problem is that the last 10 years of LP production prior to the introduction of the CD (old enough?) were increasingly cut from digital masters, not analog master tapes. At the time, many music lovers applauded this because it did have a great potential for improved sound quality.
QuoteI feel like CD was the first format that was a huge improvement over what came before.Yes. As far as sound quality, it was a huge leap from imperfect to perfect! Or more precisely, from a variety of formats that had audible limitations & imperfections to a format that was better than human hearing with no audible defects/limitations. There's no more need for incremental improvements and that changes everything!
Can't tell if you're joking or drank too much Sony kool-aid, but no. Close to "perfect" for 2ch in homes, sure.
According to Forbes, LP sales are projected to be over a billion$ US this year, first time this century.
In my town, your band simply has not arrived until it has a vinyl release. There's lots of local bands with LP titles and its been that way for 20 years. It might be different in other towns, but I can name a few other metro areas where the same thing is happening- New York, Chicago, Denver, Seattle...
Is anyone making the equipment? Cutting lathes, etc.? From what I understand they are maintaining old equipment and there is a "shortage", but maybe not enough demand to stimulate new production. Is that true, or can you buy a brand-new LP-lathe?
And of course, that's the LAST format AFTER you've "arrived".
And, I'd guess half of that is probably purchased as a collectible, never to be played as music... That's fine, but compare it to T-shirt or poster sales, not music sales.
Just to address the reasons for CD taking over from vinyl one that is usually overlooked is the power and influence of record company accountants. Faced with out-dated equipment needing replacing and an old factory in a desirable area one UK major simply shut down its vinyl manufacturing and sold the site. Then of course there's the zeitgeist - CD came along at the right time and was well promoted by Philips and Sony. And it's true that classical music lovers were the most enthusiastic early adopters but the main reasons mentioned at the time were a lower noise floor and the ability to play a complete work without having to turn over rather than sound quality itself (though you might consider lower noise a quality improvement). Having said that I'm sure there were many lured by the promised improvements in sound quality
Why do people in this forum erroneously assume that vacuum tubes are only made for audiophile products?
Although an obvious strawman, are you seriously suggesting that $500,000 is going to spent by (mostly) kids on recordings they will never play? On its face, that sounds pretty ludicrous. Do you have any evidence for that?
I have a couple of friends that are still analogue hero's and they always proud to show me their super thick LP's still in their cellophane wrapping, often multiple copies that are "worth a mint" but they never trade, only collect.