Vinyl Records As Fast As Possible

Although digital music is now ubiquitous, phonograph records are still quite popular among hobbyists – why do some people prefer them over digital recordings?

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  • errors in this video: 0:35 Edison thought it was to crude for practical use and was too busy with the light bulb so a decade later Bell laid the groundwork for modern recording at the end of the 1880s 0:50 gramophone discs were 7 inches not 5

  • There is no scientific evidence that vinyl or or CD sound any better or worse than the other – new. For at least 30 years both have generally been sourced from the same master copy (when released simultaneously). In both cases- ;a decent DAC will reproduce digital signals as analogue sound that are virtually identical to the limited master source, (this is not the same as the studio master, it’s a downmixed reproduction master, limited to not exceed the constrains of mass consumer playback carriers). Vinyl playback however, is only going in one direction, from good to worse with each additional playback (no matter how careful you are, one surface causing friction to another in the open air can only ever result in gradual degradation of both). Listening fatigue is caused by excessive amplification of CD (and lossy as well as lossless portable files) and low quality equipment. Vinyl distortion can kick in at lower volumes than CD, hence less “fatigue”, though this is easily solved with a high quality turntable and/or a decent pre-amp. I’m not against either format, I’ve collected and hoarded both in my time. I’ve experienced very poor CD (re)/(re)-mastering that sounds dull and damp compared to the dynamic, vibrant sound of the vinyl counterpart of the same music; and I’ve equally been frustrated at bad vinyl mastering, the clicks, pops, crackles and rumble caused by a vinyl disc, despite immaculate care. There is normally a good balance with both, however I’m over both formats now, they’re both adequate for the requirements of the 1999 consumer but they’re inferior sound carriers compared to the available consumer audio in 2019. If you’re a hungry music enthusiast with wide tastes and healthy hearing, you can’t get better than high resolution audio, available in both digital and analogue formats. The quality of high resolution ranges from 24 bit 44.1KHZ (better than CD & vinyl) all the way up to 24 bit 192KHZ and far beyond with DSD (the ultimate in quality, actually virtually bypassing bit depth – again available to buy as file or disc) which produces quality virtually identical to the original studio master, sometimes better if skilfully and sympathetically remastered. This neatly circles back to the ongoing debate for which there is no certain way of discerning one way or the other and causes endless argument about whether people can actually perceive the difference between two distinct variations of the same audio source processed or reproduced in two different ways. 50 percent of people can’t tell the difference between standard resolution audio and high resolution audio. You can’t scientifically prove an opinion. Play back your audio in a way that you feel happy and content with, and if you’re feeling open to new experiences, then perhaps try something new and different. At the end of all of this, the most important thing to consider is the space been the final destination of of your audio and your ears and brain. There’s no point spending 5000 on a reasonable amplifier and then only spending 200 on cheap speakers or 50 on some cheap headphones. It works the other way around, there’s absolutely no point paying a month or two’s disposable income on some excellent speakers or headphones if your AV equipment can’t deliver enough quality to actually be appreciated.
    What about album artwork appreciation? That’s also being addressed to some degree, it’s rapidly getting better. Some artists and distributors are now issuing combinations of digital high resolution audio and SD audio discs housed in a 12 inch sleeve identical to that of a vinyl sleeve, often including a large book or booklet. Some even go as far as issuing vinyl, CD and high res in one package. Retailers of file only high resolution downloads will sometimes include a high resolution PDF of the artwork front, back, insides and other extras. These can be viewed in HD on a large TV screen at at-least 4 times the size of of a 12 inch sleeve with significantly greater detail than the physical copy. One last purely scientific fact: An average CD-R has a maximum lifespan of less than 7-10 years before the information on the disc fades and is lost and corrupted forever, this depends on environmental conditions and is variable. The lifespan of a regular retail Compact Disc is 36+ years – and counting, no one knows how long they will last – yet. A music file stored on a hard drive could be damaged or corrupted in less than a minute and be lost forever, at present the only way to ensure their survival is indefinite, perpetual, precise duplication. A modern vinyl record will definitely, 100% still be playable in 100 years time, it is estimated that, under the right conditions, they would still be playable in 500 or more years time. A vinyl record can be played without electricity.

  • There's a difference between grow up in the vinyl /open reel era and the mp3-S…t. However, I teached my kids to ear vinyl and mp3. They quickly can ear the difference… Now they listen mp3 ONLY, IF they have no option in some point (movility, etc). However, they always carry they own FLAC files taken from the vinyl in their supported flac mobile device. I'm glad that you know what is behind the vinyl. Thanks.

  • 3:03 More "natural"? Uhm, no. You may like vinyl better. You may experience less ear fatigue, that's up to you, but more "natural"? No. Analog technology just don't work like that. Analog technology has inherent distortion. I'm not saying digital is better, what is best is a matter of personal opinion, but "natural" is a poor choice of words.

  • the history part is bad Edison made TINFOIL phonograph in 1877 but then Bell made the wax and than was celuloid cilinders and gramophone shellack discs at the same time

  • Even if A vinyl record it scratched or deteriorate over time but still not bad considering your hard drive or fail and you would never get your stuff back that might sound like a nonsense if you really stop and think vinyl can actually last longer than a computer or any other media if you take care of your records they will pretty much last for a long long time

  • I like the idea of vinyl only because it has a lower threshold for distortion/loudness compared to cds and mp3. Plus it doesnt help so-called sound engineers for rock/metal nowadays brickwall the music.

  • He missed the fact that because vinyl is analogue and circular, it technically has an unlimited bitrate. Obviously something analogue doesn't have bitrate, but the equivalent bitrate is unlimited, unlike digital which is always limited.

  • 2:51 No it really doesn't have any advantages and the so called "warm sound" is just what walking jokes, known as audiophiles call the distortion and surface noise of vinyl. Vinyls are long obsolete, only still used by djs and hipsters.

  • The loudness war kept the vinyl alive. The potential of CDs is squandered because of this terrible mastering practice that has ruined CDs/digital media

  • Not sure where they got the idea that new vinyl is super cheap. They usually cost around twice as much as a CD, if not more, with vinyl albums releasing at $30+…

  • Of course the main difference is that vinyl is analog, so sound comes in continuous waveform, while CD's replicate sound into digital bits, but this will never quite capture the full range of sound from a vinyl.

    Although an argument can be made if the human ear can distinguish between modern vinyl and modern CD's anymore.

  • You haven't mentioned the real inventors: Emile Berliner and Peter Carl Goldmark. A HUGE DISLIKE because that's the worst tech channel on YouTube. I am wondering how some people belives in such lies. And also I bet you haven't listened a vinyl record in your life and also your gay friend Linus haven't done that too.

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