rudebwoy - Member
music must have soul-- vinyl captures that, crackles,missed notes, all the imperfections that make us human--no contest !
The music posses that, not the medium that carries it. I last bought vinyl in 1982, when I had given up trying to listen to Peter Gabriel 4, because of the incessant crackling in the background. I took that album back five times and every replacement was the same, vinyl pressings, irrespective of whoever did the mastering, were utter crap, so I bought said album on CD, despite not owning a player.
I worked Saturdays in a hifi shop, so recorded it onto a TDK metal tape and used the CD for demos.
Nowadays I buy CD's and downloads, I certainly do NOT miss clicks and pops distracting me in the middle of a quiet passages, and masking subtle, tiny details, like the sound of the next door neighbour's mower on a recording by Red Bird, made in the lounge of their house with a single mic, or the dustcart driving past on another track.
And I most certainly wouldn't pay the £26 for a Beatles album that I saw on Sunday, or £20 for The Staves album when I saw them last night. £15 got me their album on CD and an EP by their rather good support.
Before anyone asks, I used to play my vinyl on a Logic DM101, with a Zeta tonearm, and an AudioTechnica MC cartridge, about £2-2500 at the time...
I think there's a lot of romantic bullshit talked about vinyl, to be perfectly honest, part of the reason vinyl sounds 'warmer', was because it was EQ'd for the master lathe, to stop high-frequency 'ringing' and to stop transients at low frequency causing grooves to run together, which means the stereo master tape was compressed, just the thing people complain about with MP3 files. Which is why 12" singles always sounded better; wider groove spacing, no EQ.
Ken Kessler used to write about this in HiFi News and Record Reviews, my 'bible' back in the 80's.
Downloaded MP3/AAC tracks can give me shivers up my spine, can reduce me to tears, I don't need clicks and pops on a rotating piece of plastic to achieve that.
Like I said, the emotion and feeling is in the performance, not the medium that carries that performance.