I think my views were covered nicely in Page #2
- Post #58
If we look at the raw format and capabilities of Vinyl vs CD, then I think CD wins.
However, that's not the real question. In my experience, though not exclusively, if we look at the content
on Vinyl vs the content
on CD, then Vinyl wins.
Without a doubt vinyl has clear indisputable drawbacks. But CD also has drawback, though they are very different drawbacks originating from very different sources.
CD's are dying because they did not live up to their potential, and of course because the market is becoming more diluted. You have many more options as to how, what, and where you purchase and/or consume music.
Instead of refining CDs to maximize the potential that was there, the makers of CDs have fallen more and more, deeper and deeper into a Good Enough
For those listening to historically transient music, far more important than the quality of the music and the quality of the sound is whether or not the singer is cute. They are selling image over content.
However, for those of use with more historically durable tastes, Good Enough is not remotely good enough
. We didn't spend thousands to simply have our music be good enough
Yes, the marketing executives are concentrating on the largest buy demographic, but in doing so, they are make more serious listener less and less and less and less willing to buy music, the quality of which, they simply can't trust.
I think those leaning more toward Classical and Jazz/Blues are probably in the best position to be assured that the music they buy is going to be as good as the marketing executives will allow it to be. Certainly better than good enough.
For me, the real war is being fought for quality of content, not format.