Originally Posted by john57
When I said, recording engineers would take another look to increasing their skills in making better recordings and mastering in the first place,
I implying in general terms. I do not necessary mean to say that engineers should record at higher bit rate but to have the basics down better. Right choice of mics the placement and the recording venue play a role in SQ. Of course we are limited by the performance of the musicians as well. I heard master tapes that were wonderful and the commercial version from those master tapes leaves a lot to be desired. I used to be a vinyl junkie but found found LP records while enjoyable to be lacking from what I heard from the master tapes. The Barclay Crocker open reel tapes I used to have was just sublime as compared to the LP commercial version all came from the same master tapes. I was just hoping that there will be increased focus on SQ in general for recordings. I do find that that on some DSD web sites, the engineers work hard to get the best recording possible at the start with the almost famous artists. That's my point of view.
I agree with all of the above. I still am a vinyl junkie, but there are limitations in vinyl that just can not be improved upon with vinyl as we know it today - and that is dynamic range, specially in the bass. DSD does not have those limitations, but DSD64 is not transparent enough in the treble for a truly convincing recording of vinyl.
DSD128 almost gets it right - I expect the DSD256 to be finally so close to the original for the remaining difference to be not worth it bothering with yet higher DSD rate. DSD512 should be used for master recordings.
Under no circumstances is the sole use of higher sample rate ( distinction from higher bit rate !, DSD is a 1 bit format ) a guarantee the recording will be better - but people who go to these lenghts are probably more likely to get the basics better too. I wanted to share what are the practical limitations with even the top gear available today and the costs of the adoption of the true DSD512 brings about.