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On the other hand, I bought a great new SACD/DAC player that makes CDs sound like 24 bit, IF they are good. naturally some CDs also are relatively poor sound, and do not sound fantastic. But the fact is, some DO sound fantastic.
If I may, what’s the new SACD/DAC player? I thought you preferred to buy older used and upgrade with a good dac?Cheers,Lester
Not really. In fact, I would take issue with almost every statement in the OP.The pops, clicks, rumble, surface noise, tracking error, pre-echo, post-echo, 20 dB deterioration in S/N at the inner grooves compared to the lead-in grooves, and the other shortcomings of this format are definitely not 'part of the master', which is not 'almost always 24 bit'. A true 24 bit master recording can capture 40-50 dB more dynamic range than your vinyl LP. Putting an analog master in a 24-bit delivery format does not make it a 24 bit recording any more than putting a steak on a bigger plate makes it a bigger steak.The several percent distortion added by your phono cart (and also by the lathe used to cut the master further back in the signal chain) wasn't part of the master tape either. Nor was the deterioration in SQ that builds with each pass of the needle. I'll take a digital file over an LP anyday for integrity of the content. Enjoy your TT, it sounds better than it has any right to given its myriad flaws, and while you're at it, listen to digital too. Music first and foremost. As you can probably tell, I don't miss vinyl at all, but to each his/her own.I suggest looking through some of the posts at Real HD Audio or buy his book.
Am I right in this realization or not really?
I'll take a digital file over an LP anyday for integrity of the content. Enjoy your TT, it sounds better than it has any right to given its myriad flaws, and while you're at it, listen to digital too. Music first and foremost.
But science does not explain the reality of the experience. How do all the “myriad flaws” lead to the global enjoyment of vinyl. You said it yourself ,...”Enjoy your TT, it sounds better than it has any right to given its myriad flaws”, and yet the music can sound fantastic,....as good, or better than digital.
I’m after smooth natural sounding music, not “the integrity of the content”. I couldn’t care if what I’m hearing sounds just like the engineer intended.
If, as you say,...”Music first and foremost”, then isn’t the real integrity the way the content makes you feel? I can listen to LPs for hours with a grin. I have yet to experience that with digital.
I said in the original post,...vinyl is the digital master in its physical form. What other medium exists that captures musical sound waves in physical form? Other than vinyl or tape, or our ears at a live show, none.
" the convenience of digital is great, but I still prefer the sound of a well recorded near mint condition record"+1
"Audio- it's all a big fake." So it is.... We're just trying to find sound that can convince our ears that it's not. Different routes exist to the suspension of disbelief.
Speaking of what gets a better mastering... I have noticed the Redbook on dual SACD/CD (Redbook) the Redbook on the dual SACD/CD is better sounding than the same CD as just a CD.. Nearly every time.
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