Originally Posted by Fido2
i dont mean to be argumentative but I am having an extremely difficult time believing metal records are being mastered and engineered so well. Do you have any links to support this or is this just based on subjective listening experiences? It takes a great deal of knowledge, experience and expense to do vinyl well and metal is a niche genre for the most part...so I'm wondering how much of this is hype? I totally totally understand the collectible side of vinyl with the cool artwork and the rarity of limited pressings and all that....but 100% better SQ and best mastering ? Come on. Can I come over and hear for myself? :D
campj....trust me...save your money and invest in better digital. Vinyl is a piece rock dragging thru a tiny groove in a piece of plastic for petes sake...lol...like I said I have a nice vinyl rig and have plenty of awesome sounding albums but good digital is much more convenient and generally a better investment if you're just into the sound and the music. IMO
You're perfectly welcome to come over and hear it for yourself.
You may think Metal is niche and vinyl even more so, but Metal has been one of the few genres that kept making vinyl throughout the 'dead' years. They were very small pressings, and they're now stupid overpriced. But the pedigree is there.
As for you suggestion...I had a 6,000 USD digital source in my house for about a month (Cantata Music Center). It sat next to a record player I paid under 2k for (both running through a Liquid Lightning and 009s). I had quite a few metal CDs next to their vinyl counterparts. These included Gojira's L'Enfant Sauvage, Enslaved's RIITIIR, and Katatonia's Dead End Kings (all of which I think Metal-Fi has written about as well).
I picked the LP (quite easily) every time. This was when I was skeptical and had just dipped my toes in on a good deal I found locally. I was ready to BUY this digital source I had on loan...and it's still the best I've heard to date.
I'd suggest investing in a good redbook CD player and a stellar vinyl rig if you're a metal head. That's what I've done. Won't be going back to just CDs anytime soon.