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Vinyl vs. CD

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Vinyl vs. CD

Postby Ollie Stench » Fri Dec 19, 2003 3:49 am

Or analog vs. digital...

This was posted on another board ( and I thought I'd see how it goes here.

I prefer vinyl. Having grown up before the advent of CDs I have a soft spot for vinyl. Better artwork, or should I say bigger and therefore easier to look at, and the idea that you have to be careful with a vinyl lp. A cd can be thrown across the room, have beer spilled on it and still be playable.

I saw an interview with Andrew Eldrich from The Sisters Of Mercy where he described the difference as being "an album is an artifact, something to cherish. A CD is just something to store music on."
Or something to that effect.

Luckily most of the music I buy is punk and it is usually still pressed on vinyl as well as cd.

Some record companys have done a good job trying to make cds appealing, with great reissue seires, bonus tracks, etc, but there's something intrinscly (sp?) more precious about that 12" piece of vinyl.

And I REALLY miss 45's. I long for the days when you could buy a single song or 2 from a band instead of the whole album. Now you can buy a cd single with the one track and then 14 remixes of the same song. Boring in my book.
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Postby Plata66 » Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:02 am

Good topic Ollie.I think Vinyl has more soul to it and CD's have a digitaly cold feel.Although I don't like snaps and pops I'll take them if it's with a full bodied tonal spectrum. A good turntable and cartridge can blow away cd's as far as I'm concerned.
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Postby fritzb » Fri Dec 19, 2003 6:53 am

I have always been a sound quality fanatic, so this is a no brainer for me - CD!!! You can argue about sweet sounds vs. harsh sounds all you want, but with the dynamic range of a CD vs. vinyl, there simply is no contest.

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Postby Momotaro » Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:10 pm

ABSOLUTELY vinyl - - not for sound quality reasons, but for the asthetic reasons you mentioned. The first thing I do with a new CD is invariably drop it on the floor and crack the plastic hinges. A record cover is almost like a nice piece of art (albeit
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Postby Jimbo » Sun Dec 21, 2003 9:33 am

CD or Vinyl, CD or Vinyl...
Oh MAN, I have seen debates rage on about this subject to the point where it is almost a religious belief.
So here is my take on the subject. This opinion is just that, an opinion. So If you feel the need to flame away please
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Postby Bob-O » Mon Dec 22, 2003 4:00 am

The human ear can only hear so much, and the human brain can only process so much information. The only sonic difference I hear between vinyl and cd is that cd's don't have the surface noise that vinyl does.

I buy whatever I find the music on, but giv
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Postby KYYX4ever » Mon Dec 22, 2003 6:20 am

My opinion, I go with albums.
I too grew up during the time when albums were fact, it was only after college (and after everyone else in the world) that I bought my first CD player and CD's. I like the sound quality on a CD (for the most par
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