Does vinyl really sound better? An engineer explains Reply #50 – 2015-05-27 14:53:50 Quote from: RJVB on 2015-05-27 14:27:50I'm late to this, just as I've been late to "joining" the vinyl hype...First: what are we discussing here? Seems that there are 4 valid answers: yes, no, sometimes and I don't know/care. Anything beyond that requires a more detailed question I personally would have answered no until a few months ago, but now I tend to find that the sound of my old LPs indeed does have that little something that CDs don't have. "It sounds better" is inherently a very subjective thing, but it's like vinyl has more presence, is more spatial and probably has a higher dynamic range (doesn't it, I recall that at least some specs can be higher with a good vinyl disk than the theoretical limits imposed by CD?). The little random imperfections that come from a needle scraping a tortured groove are probably contributing to the spatial aspect, and maybe the compression used also helps making the music sound better in certain sound volume ranges?It's funny that one of the worst vinyl-addicts I know (who basically refuses to buy disks that came from a digital workflow) prefers vinyl exactly because of its limitations, and the fact that "his" music (funk & soul) was largely composed with those limitations in mind. I guess that in that context, vinyl indeed does sound better. The same way that tube amps (can) sound better BTW, mono vs. stereo bass, is that really an issue with common speaker separations, as well as our own interaural distance? If it were, wouldn't we be seeing all speaker manufacturers trying to sell us stereo subwoofers, instead of a single module you can put somewhere "in a corner"?Yes, I think that's all very sensible, but a 'needle drop' could presumably capture it without the need for the constant overhead of effort and expense that vinyl entails..? Not as much fun though, presumably - if you like that sort of thing.And I think that some of the music I like simply doesn't work on vinyl (e.g. big symphony orchestras playing very dynamic music).