people often complaint about their harsh sound;
New music on both vinyl and digital sounds terrible because it all comes from a brickwall limited distorted master.
Hell, even Metallica's Death Magnetic had a good master
...in fact yours is the very first post I've ever seen claiming that the vinyl edition came from a "good" master.
Vinyl sounds superior by design.First step is to EQ the bass of.Than you cut a groove in a plastic masterThen you make a metal copy of this masterThis metal copy is pressed into vinylAt playback the lack of bass is compensated by EQ A copy of a copy with EQ applied two times.Combine this with a silent groove producing 30 dB noise on its own.Small wonder digital can’t beat this.
The defects of vinyl are irrelevant if only the CD version of an album is brickwalled - the compressed version will always sound worse.
The defects of vinyl are irrelevant if only the CD version of an album is brickwalled - the compressed version will always sound worse.Now, if a CD has been well mastered then there is little reason to buy the vinyl, but there aren't many new albums on CD that are mastered for dynamics.
Quote from: Brod on 08 February, 2012, 11:08:07 PMHell, even Metallica's Death Magnetic had a good masterI'm not so sure about that...
If you don't change the volume setting while you are listening (i.e. turn it up during very soft passages) and don't make the loud passages so loud that they are painful, you are very unlikely to hear the limitations in dynamic range of a CD. The same is not true of vinyl, tape, etc.
I was wondering if anyone could provide information about the "dynamic resolution" or smallest difference in volume that CD can reproduce.
For a plainly synthesized, repetitive pattern, adding noise would "humanize" it slightly. I bet that is why we clip a lot of pop... the easiest way to make it non-periodic!
Quote from: Bartholomew MacGruber on 10 February, 2012, 09:33:25 AMI was wondering if anyone could provide information about the "dynamic resolution" or smallest difference in volume that CD can reproduce.The theoretical resolution of CD (16 bits) is 96 dB.
When the signal is properly dithered, however, the ratio of the largest signal to the audible noise is considerably higher, well over 100 dB.