Originally Posted by proton007
So a well mastered CD is just as good (or better) than vinyl, without the pops and cracks.
I think currently, vinyl is often mastered better than mainstream CDs, because vinyl counts as an audiophile format these days. For the same reason, SACDs seem to be mastered better than regular CDs too, as far as I can say.
Adele sounds so bad, as jesperson has pointed out (and let me add Lana del Rey), because the majority of the buyers are young and use phones to listen to their music. Phones need heavy compression and boosted bass to sound somehow tolerable.
The question which of the two storage formats sounds better, if both are recorded and mastered as good as possible is much harder to answer. I always refer to the results of a listening contest that has been carried out by one of my favorite hifi shops in Berlin.From time to time they invite listeners on Friday evenings and compare music on their latest equipment.
When they compared SACD/CD with vinyl on basic equipment, intermediate level equipment and highest end equipment, the audience voted like this: vinyl sounded always good compared to CD, on all levels - better on the better turntables of course. CD came very close to vinyl only on the high-end equipment. SACD sounded as good as vinyl, but also only on the best players.
They made an extra note for music from a computer: This sounded much better than expected and was on par with the Rega RP3 (the intermediate level turntable). Better than from the Exposure CD players (the low and intermediate level players).
Rega RP1, Albedo NF-Cable, Ortofon 2M Blue (MM)
Rega RP3, Dynavector10X5
Exposure 1010CD and 3010CD
MacBook, HRT MusicStreamer HD DAC
Playback Designs MPS-3 CD-Player
Roksan Xerxes XX, EMT HSD6 (MC)
All turntables used the Nagra BPS phono amp
All sources were amplified with
Jeff Rowland Capri S2 pre
Jeff Rowland 201 main
Dynaudio Focus 380 Speakers
The result fits well to my experience. A really good DAC lets digitally stored music sound very good and natural. If music sounds bad, the mastering failed, not the player or the DAC.
On the other hand, instead of buying a cheap CD player, the sound may be better from a turntable in the same price range.
Edited by mironathetin - 12/30/13 at 7:43am