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vinyl is better than everything

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the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars tells me to play at maximum volume

i dont have a preamp so i cant

so i plasy the album on my ipod and it doesnt sound the same

wtf i love david bowie
 

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i agree, even lossless rips dont seem to have the same sparkle vinyl does.

I cant stand those background poping noises they put into electronic music to make it sound like vinyl these days, it sounds crap.

although i do like a bit of blue distortion to emulate valves.

its one of the only steps forward that has actually stepped backwards in quality, ala lcd tv's
 

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Vinyl is dandy, but I like Reel to Reel for the sheer anachronism. 8-tracks are too inferior quality to do anything really, and they're shoddy.

With magnetic tape you still get the retro aesthetic and also the audio quality, at least sometimes.
 

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I love the sound of Vinyl on a tube amp. Reminds me of my childhood, such warm sound. The subtlties of the music and the sound of the needle on wax, so nice.
 

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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Vinyl is dandy, but I like Reel to Reel for the sheer anachronism. 8-tracks are too inferior quality to do anything really, and they're shoddy.

With magnetic tape you still get the retro aesthetic and also the audio quality, at least sometimes.


Tape is superior to vinyl because it doesn't have the RIAA curve (any vinyl advocate needs to learn about that). A really nice home reel to reel deck is the Revox A77. The problem now is finding tape.
 

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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Vinyl is dandy, but I like Reel to Reel for the sheer anachronism. 8-tracks are too inferior quality to do anything really, and they're shoddy. With magnetic tape you still get the retro aesthetic and also the audio quality, at least sometimes.
Originally Posted by unpainted huffheinz
Tape is superior to vinyl because it doesn't have the RIAA curve (any vinyl advocate needs to learn about that). A really nice home reel to reel deck is the Revox A77. The problem now is finding tape.
I somewhat agree with you that tape playback is sometimes better than vinyl. Listening to 1/2" to 2" master tape played back on an Ampex machine in a recording studio is pretty amazing. You have the sweetness of analog mixed with the apparent quietness of digital. There are many good reasons studios stopped recording direct-to-disk and switch to magenetic tape around 1950. And many modern artists still choose to record to analog tape, because they like the sound. However, vinyl playback has a percussive element that even the best tape does not. I enjoy analog recordings I've made best when played back on vinyl. FWIW tape has its own playback curves.
 

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Bah - -all you whippersnappers.
Nothing sounds better than wax cylinders recorded in mono on a gramophone. Now there's warmth.
 

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'this record should be played loud'
I think the only record I have that says this is 'Let it Bleed'


I am not an audiophile by any means, and have a shoddy thrifted/pawn shop/ college music department sale get up but I can hear things on vinyl that I can't hear on CD/digital.

My dad bought most of the beatles catalogue back in the early 90's and got pissed because there were sounds that were not there.

compression rates and all that other stuff have been discussed here I think, but yeah vinyl > your face.
 

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I don't remember making the original post. But yeah, vinyl is amazing.

I think even if the difference between vinyl and other media is inaudible to a person (too much Top 40 clogging their ear canals), the lack of track selection forces the audience to listen to an album's entirety and the artist's forced, focused musical vision rather than a compilation of stuff that sounds kinda good.
 

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Originally Posted by tlmusic
I somewhat agree with you that tape playback is sometimes better than vinyl.

Listening to 1/2" to 2" master tape played back on an Ampex machine in a recording studio is pretty amazing. You have the sweetness of analog mixed with the apparent quietness of digital.

There are many good reasons studios stopped recording direct-to-disk and switch to magenetic tape around 1950. And many modern artists still choose to record to analog tape, because they like the sound.

However, vinyl playback has a percussive element that even the best tape does not. I enjoy analog recordings I've made best when played back on vinyl.

FWIW tape has its own playback curves.


I agree that vinyl sounds the best on most readily available formats but reels sound a little better but finding a good reel machine is expensive and tapes are very hard to find.

The Tape Project tapes were played at this year's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest on a Tim De Paravicini modified deck (He built David Gilmmours studio gear) and that was the best source I have heard in my entire life.
 

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Matthew Sweet Girlfriend takes a cowardly approach in asking the listener to play it loud. Still, a pretty damn good album in terms of musical scope and vision.

But yeah - I have some vinyl Zep from a pawnshop that I like better than any of the CD's I've heard.
 

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Originally Posted by Thomas
Matthew Sweet Girlfriend takes a cowardly approach in asking the listener to play it loud. Still, a pretty damn good album in terms of musical scope and vision.

But yeah - I have some vinyl Zep from a pawnshop that I like better than any of the CD's I've heard.


I have the rare "RL" Zeppelin II on vinyl and it creams any of the CDs I have. The early CDs done by Barry Diament at Atlantic are the best in my opinion.
 

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