This is just a random question that popped into my head around two minutes before I made this thread.
The other day, my grandpa lent me his copy of Frank Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours (it was a CD remaster, making it 16/44.1), which I ripped to FLAC just today. Curious about people's claims that LPs sound better than CDs, I trawled through the net and came across a vinyl FLAC rip (also in 16 bit/44.1 kHz). I nicked a copy of the last track, "This Love of Mine", and used foobar2000 to ABX them.
Considering the fact that they were both FLAC rips (same compression level too) and had the same bit depth and sampling rate, I expected to find no difference whatsoever. To my surprise, there was an audible difference between the two; the vinyl rip sounded much more organic and had a nicer soundstage, while Sinatra's voice was tinnier and *sorry to any Sinatra fans who might happen across this* weaker in the CD file.
Curious, I looked at the bit rate and found that the vinyl FLAC file ran at 738 kbps, while the CD file ran at 414 kbps. It could just be the mastering was better on the vinyl version, but I was surprised all the same for the differences to have been so distinct.
For the record, I'm listening to the files straight out of my notebook's 3.5mm jack (my sister's trying out my amp right now), and I'm using a pair of AKG K242 HDs; hardly hi-fi, but decent cans all the same.
So, have any of the you guys ever had similar experiences?