Originally Posted by Ovation
I've heard a few such vinyl recordings and I don't doubt what you here. But the greater range is because of the care put into the mastering and the pressing. Same master and care with CD would yield no worse than equal SQ--better if the original master had more dynamic range than vinyl.
I have hundreds of SACDs and DVD-As. I have a number of the same titles on CD. In some cases, the SACD/DVD-A version sounds notably better, even after level matching (2 channel). In other cases, the formats are indistinguishable. It comes down to the mastering job. Most SACD, DVD-A and recent vinyl pressings benefit from an attention to detail at the mastering stage that allows each format to shine. Sadly, that has not been the case with many, many CD releases in the past 15+ years. That is not, however, a flaw with the CD format but rather indicative of poor decision making for audio fidelity.
I know that vinyl can sound better than CD. It's just that the reason for that better sound lies elsewhere than the vinyl format itself.
Yes, the mastering process definitely has a lot to do with it. I guess I'm referring to all things being equal. But the nature of analog vs digital is where vinyl can exceed cd's. But I'm referring to the conversion process from the analogue to digital realm. Cd's slice the analog signal into digital bits and you lose a small bit of the signal in the digital conversion. SACD's and DVD audio slice it into much smaller pieces so you retain much more of the nature of the original analogue signal. The big advantage of the of any digital format is the lack of noise from the dirt or hiss produced by the recording media. Although, I don't know how well the ultra expensive record cleaners perform in reducing the pops and clicks from the dirt. I've never been able to afford one!
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