Post by geebo on Jun 27, 2016 13:35:18 GMT -5
Have you ever tried taking your favorite vinyl album, playing it on your favorite turntable and cartridge, with your favorite phono preamp - and then recording it at 24/96k or 24/192k using a decent analog-to-digital converter? Assuming that the entire "vinyl playback signal chain" is simply adding something you like to the sound, and that the digital playback chain can reproduce whatever you feed it very accurately, then this should enable you to have all the benefits of BOTH at the same time. You'll get the sound of the vinyl album, and the vinyl playback signal chain, plus the easy backup and storage, and the permanence, of a digital file. In fact, a bunch of guys who like vinyl could chip in, buy one really good vinyl system that none of them could individually afford, and one really good A/D converter, and then each use it to convert their records to digital. (Of course, they can't legally buy one copy of the album and make copies for everyone... )
You can see why no company has done this: because, from a licensing standpoint, it's a nightmare. Technically only people who own the record are legally entitled to make a digital copy of it - and only for themselves. but, for a company who already sells digital downloads, they would just be "special re-masters". I wonder how many people would be willing to pay a little extra to get "high-res digital recordings with that high end vinyl sound". They could even offer your choice of several different turntables and cartridges.
All musings aside, though..... anyone who thinks that "digital takes something away from the sound" should be eager to try this experiment... that way you can see for yourself if the digital recording of a vinyl source really sounds any different than the original vinyl source itself, or if the vinyl is just ADDING something... and the digital recording is able to reproduce it accurately... Which would prove, once and for all, that the differences really lie in the mastering and the analog reproduction signal chain. (Even a $39 Sound Blaster audio card should be good enough as an A/D converter to prove the point.)
I have the BD release of Yes Fragile and it includes a full album needle-drop of an original UK vinyl pressing. I listened to it once and it can't compare to the HiRes PCM versions on the same disc. Boring and lifeless with too much noise. The digital versions are superior. Dynamic, engaging and detailed with better frequency response at both extremes.