Vinyl is dead It is an inferior medium compare to CD
Originally Posted by HaroldTheBarrel
Correct on the second point. Apparently, however, there are "revivalists" trying to keep it alive.
This is kind of funny now in hindsight, isn't it? Now that vinyl is outselling CD.
In fact, vinyl is even more relevant since the primary music source now is low-resolution digital download (or should I say "theft").
However, to be fair, that is comparing apples to oranges. MP3 is clearly an inferior source to analog vinyl. This would not be so true if music were served up on state-of-the-art hi-res DVD-Audio.
Anyway, mastering is another factor that makes this an apples to oranges comparison. Some of the finest current mastering and remastering is happening with vinyl. So often you don't really have a choice.
On to the good sounding vinyl. I would not go off looking specifically for Mobile Fidelity. There are many more high end mastering using master tapes, blah blah blah, that are as good or better.
DCC version of Queen Night at the Opera is very good. It was never recorded that great to begin with, but this is the best I've heard. I've read that the DVD-Audio is even better, but I haven't heard it.
Neil Young at Massey Hall is a very good acoustic recording.
Cowboy Junkies Trinity Session is very good, especially on the Classic 45 RPM.
So many of the Classic Records turn out to be good. I would start with those. Ella Fitzgerald - Let No Man Write My Epitath was on the other day.
Interesting to note is the loudness factor being built in to many digital recordings. In an attempt to catch listeners' attention, there's a trend to make recordings louder and louder. This is because when 2 songs are heard back to back, the one that's louder has a tendency to be preferred. This is OK from a S/N perspective, but with the "clean" sound of digital to begin with, this isn't really necessary. The end result is massive dynamic compression, ruining the impact of the sound. What makes music "loud" is the dynamic range - the differences between loud and soft. If it's all "loud", then it loses all impact. This was illustrated somewhere on the web to dramatic effect with Metallica's Death Magnetic album. The sound wave is a joke on CD - basically flatlined, which is pretty much how it sounds.
On vinyl, this problem is corrected. Not because of any inherent superiority of vinyl over CD, but simply because it was mastered better.