Ok, if CD and vinyl sound different only because they are mastered differently then why are they mastered differently in the first place? Why aren't CDs mastered to be as "wide" as vinyl? People seem to prefer that. My way to explain this is that vinyl has it's limitations that force a different master. Strong bass might call for reducing it etc. Yes, some music don't contain strong bass, but you can't call a medium transparent if only certain types of music can be recorded on it transparently. To my ears the theory of different masters explaining all differences makes no sense. Maybe it's the turntables I have heard in my life, but to me vinyls sounds as if noise and distortion is added to the the signal. I have wrote nyquist plugins for audacity to "simulate" vinyls sound and adding brownian noise and different kind of distortion to L+R and L-R channels do make the sound "vinyl-like" so that's why I believe in what I have been saying here. I believe you can make vinyl sound very transparent in "laboratory conditions", but real life turntables are different and people listen to their vinyls with worn out styluses and what not. How about anti-skating? 1.5 g? 2.0 g? How can you ever get it right? Now, I still have all of those materials of course, and could get them to you to compare for yourself. But frankly, if I shared them, I'd expect you to take shots somehow at the material, the mix, doubt that I didn't spin the test somehow, who knows what. And that's not worth my time. A had an open mind and wanted answers, that's all. And then we'd probably volley back and forth about how many lacquer masters each of us has ever cut, how many cartridges have we each run full tests on, and on...and on.. and on... Sorry, close, not loose. My opinions are based on what people say about vinyl. I got interested of why some insist the superiority of vinyl when technically CD is superior. If my theories are wrong and you are right then I can only ask why CDs aren't mastered to sound like vinyls if people find vinyls better? Maybe I should leave this forum. I don't have facilities to study these things the way you ask. Opinions is all I have. Sorry.