Originally Posted by Manic1!
So you buy a record for that analog sound then you use a device that converts it to digital signal sends it to a another device that converts it back to analog. Whats the point. Why not just play a MP3 instead?
never mp3 /iTunes .aac lossy codec rubbish if you are in a quiet room ......................,
If one has an understanding of let's say ALAC,WAV and FLAC lossless digital audio formats/codecs and just what they are they know lossless digital can faithfully record an audio production ,replicate the recordings and play it back far more accurately than contact media recording ,production or contact media and the playback devices ever were to begin with.
A competent not spendy DAC or ADC is not at all degrading to the audio production quality like vinyl inner groove distortion,surface noise rumble .wow and flutter and so on ,pops ,clicks ,tape hiss and BIAS ,tape flutter ,RIAA EQ and so on at production,replication and playback .
In turn if you archive contact media to lossless digital
correctly there is no audio degradation at any part of the recording or playback because it is digital
For instance a RBCD PCM 16/44 and lossless 16 bit audio data files can resolve 16 bit resolution below the 22.5 Khz lower nyquist rate brick wall .
lossy high bit rate mp3 rubbish or .acc iTunes maybe 320 kbps up to 20 Khz ,vs lossless RBCD 16/44 PCM and 16 bit audio data 1411 kbps up to 22.5 Khz .
Tape maybe 8-11 bits at its useable
Good vinyl mean and average maybe 6 bits atb its usable
The best Vinyl maybe ~ 650 kbps vs 1411 kbps for a CD .
If you can't measure or sample it you can't hear it
More opportunities in the vinyl signal path for mayhem to occur. Plus, to me analog LP actually has noticeably less dynamic range because of the physics involved. Back in the day (1960s), even with the RIAA eq applied, bass had to be carefully controlled or the stylus would jump the groove. Which is why Eddie Kramer became so famous - the early Hendrix records had more apparent bass than other recordings of that era.
Don't get me started about surface noise, cracks and pops. It completely destroys the listening experience for me. Hi-def digital is what I prefer to listen to. Well mixed and mastered 24/192 is a joy.
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OTOH 16 /44.1 on a good production and mix IMO is really adequate *at playback to above what we can hear
IOW contact media is 19th and 20th century relics of the past although it can sound good