When it comes to listening to music, digital formats are never going to sound as good as vinyl
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The quality that most people think they hear when listening to their favourite LP's, is just that thickening dither effect that you get from crackles, pops and vinyl hiss. Therefore I would say there is a percieved difference in quality, but no actual discernable difference.
I think there is a difference in percieved quality when recording to reel-to-reel tape, when compared to a digital recording of the same thing. I also have no doubt that recording using high quality analogue pre-amps on certain desks are much better for a pleasant tone on certain instruments, but thats not the point here. Once the recording has been done, listening to it back as a vinyl compared with on a CD is not going to make any difference anyway, other than that nostalgic crackle.
If you play a i-pod through a good hi-fi, it won't sound worse than the same track played on a vinyl record. Then there are the problems of the format itself which is prone to scratching, warping, and skipping. A file stored digitally will last for as long a you want it to, and will never degrade in quality.
In fact styles of music such as classical music sound much better in digital formats, because there is a much better signal/noise ratio, as far as I know its around 60-70db with vinyl, and 90db with standard CD quality. This means you get much more clarity in sparse, quieter sections of music, as commonly found in classical compositions.
Also, I am aware that when converting a sound to a digital format you are essentially chopping off some of the extreme highs and lows of frequencies. For example at a sample rate of 96Khz, you don't get any frequencies over around 48Khz. I don't see this as a problem at all, since most healthy people are only capable of hearing sound up to 22khz, its not like the missing frequencies can be picked up on whatsoever.
To conclude, I set out to say Vinyl and analogue methods of listening are not superior to digital, and I haven't seen any evidence or argument to change my mind. I have pointed out the downfall of vinyl in terms of the signal/noise ratio, and can't see any actual reasons to prefer vinyl other than a sense of nostalgia, which has nothing to do with the quality of the format.
I'll keep an ear out for that fourth young one!
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