so here we go, I just saw Jean-Michel Jarre on national TV, he's selling some "breakthrough" loudspeakers that will allow you to hear your music like you've never heard it before: http://www.jarre.com/
I haven't studied what he's selling yet, and it might actually end up being very good...as we all know that most dynamic headphones/speakers are the legacy of a +80yo technology.
But he said in that TV report and repeats it on his front page that "the vinyl has been replaced by the CD, largely inferior in quality".
I believe this was actually true for the first CD players, for many reasons:
-high ripple noisy SMPS PSU
-dull opamps, like 4580 or 5532
-crummy DAC chips, like that Philips TDA family
-and many more reasons I'm sure, like poor post-filtering to suppress aliasing.
But how can a music producer have the nerves to say in 2010 that Vinyl is better than CD as a know fact, as if only newbies wouldn't be aware of?!
The Vinyl drawbacks are IMHO:
-high crosstalk, you'll be lucky if you reach <-30dB
-low SNR, lucky if you go over >60dB
-expensive cartridges and needles
-high maintenance...clean the records, etc etc
-few new releases, except for high prices to the hardcore vinyl geeks
-and a few more I'm sure, like CLICK CRACK POP WIZZ
I'm just stunned that someone in 2010 selling "state of the art"(or so he says) loudspeakers can repeat this lame sales pitch whenever he gets the chance....and JMJ is well aware of noise shaping/dithering algorithms, as I read several interviews of him where he was saying that the Sony SuperBitMapping could actually provide stunning results(and I do agree on that). He's got a few MFSL remasters that really sound amazing.
Edited by leeperry - 8/8/11 at 4:50pm