There is guy called dr. Robert
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There is guy called dr. Robert
add several kind of a few % distortions from mechanical movements(vertical and sideways)+ all the noise from those movements and friction, jitter so huge it's changing the tones, kill crosstalk to almost mono, roll off the trebles and voila!!!! you get the sound of most vinyls.
the problem lies with people thinking that perfect sound reproduction will lead to more pleasure. if that was true, nobody would ever go to a live performance. so when they like something better, they conclude wrongly that it has to be the superior one. but vinyl isn't superior to CD in any way, at best it shows that when stereo separation is too clean it doesn't sound natural(headphone listeners feel that the most). so for older albums where it wasn't a problem because we didn't have to bother about that yet, sometimes it's not so fun to listen to the CD version.
also having those stupid CDs with DR below 5 on modern records doesn't help showing the superiority of the support :'(.
and vinyls aren't safe from brickwalling because they are the support of the true audiophile, they avoid loudness war because the support isn't good enough to master with so little DR.
so its one superiority in effect comes from how bad a support it is...
to answer the OP, making something you like into flac is a safe way(as long as you keep backups) to keep your albums forever without any loss of quality over time. when a vinyl can suffer with time and numerous uses.
also it's sooooooo much more convenient to use a digital media.
well I seem to make a lot of friends those days. I don't think what I said is incorrect. or that it was a mockery.
you're ok with rips of vinyls to digital so my guess is that you have a specific problem with 16/44? as I can't hear a difference between hires and 16/44, I guess there is no need to develop that part as we're not gonna find a common ground over there.
so back to vinyls. I happen to have been raised on vinyls, not that it's gonna change any facts. and I have some of my best memories and very much the foundations of my musical tastes from listening on the set up at my parent's house, or the even better setup and gigantic room at my grand parent's. I learned to love Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Mahler, Chopin... that way.
but my first experience with CD was "money for nothing" and the clean background just hit me in the face. it was so obvious and made any detail of the music so clear and easy to grasp, I needed to have that. after some times I did and never looked back. and the more time I spent listening to CDs, the less I could appreciate vinyls.
so while I agree with you that we can filter out things and adapt, in my case, background noise was one of those things that once heard can never be unheard(and you're right a second time, I am obsessed with noises and hissing in general in audio). I'm sure if I was to spend a month listening only to vinyls I would get used to it again, and I don't mind listening to a vinyls once in a while at someone's home. but I cannot force my mind into thinking that CD isn't superior.
I didn't say it was wrong to rip vinyls into flac, I have nothing against people saving what they like on a new format. I'm sure we can find digital recordings from wax cylinders and piano rolls. and some day those rips might be the only remainings of great musicians. so I really have no problem at all with that. all I argued about is to not mistake the great music for its medium, and things we like for audio quality. when you take a pic of a pretty scenery with a blurry smartphone the scenery is still pretty, but the smartphone wasn't the best media to use. for me what's wrong with CDs is that we use them for mostly crap music and ruined masters, but the media is just fine and when the master is great, the CD is enough to get it all with great precision. I can't say the same of vinyls.