Originally Posted by atdamico
Are you seriously suggesting that CD's actually sound better, dynamically, than LP's? I'm not arguing the fact that CD has the potential to sound better but I would suggest that given the way studios currently master CD's they often sound vastly inferior. There have been several, in depth, threads in this area on this issue and, after sifted for the normal BS and side arguments, make a rather compelling case for the superiority in sound of LP, dynamically speaking, over most of today's CDs.
First off, you're mixing up two completely different issues:
1) the dynamic range that the physical media is capable of;
2) how producers make use of that dynamic range.
The simple fact is that vinyl albums aren't physically capable of the same dynamic range as CDs.
Some producers are notorious for taking excess advantage of the capability of the CD media and there seems to be a competition of sorts to see who can produce the most over compressed dynamics. If they attempted to do the same thing with vinyl no consumer equipment (with the likely exception of an ELP laser turntable) would be able to play it back without severe mis-tracking.
The over compressed dynamics do in fact lead to crappy sounding CDs. However, suggesting that "most of today's CDs" suffer from these compressed dynamics is completely inane.
Here's a challenge, without resorting to internet resources, see if you can pick a bad example out of your collection that you think is common enough for many of us to own and if I have it somewhere in my 2000+ CDs I'll measure the actual dynamic range. You can tell us where you hear the problems and we'll see how that correlates to the actual measurements.