I agree with you wholeheartedly. Toomilk, olan and redcloud have all made exceptional points.
20+ years ago, there was no genuine argument among true Audiophiles that digital CD records could compare with their vinyl analogue counterpart, except the Hype generated by the Music Industry telling everyone how wonderful it was going to be. I believe that a desire for higher quality of sound is in great part responsible for the increase in vinyl releases. If someone seeking superior reproduction will spend $25-$60 on a Japanese CD or SACD, then I can understand why $15-$40 for a good vinyl recording is not so much. I am glad to see so many recordings, whether from the 1920's to next month being released or re-released on vinyl. In the early 1980's I spent about $17-$19 for an excellent, Japanese YSL virgin vinyl pressing. 30 years later, I am still spending, on average, about $18 for most releases. Redcloud is certainly correct about the prices of original recordings being quite high. I ordered a number of 7" and 12" releases from 1966 to 1974 yesterday and I wrote a sizable check, but these recordings are worth it to me. I love music more than money, and I'm happy to trade $ for mint copies.
For me, the bottom line is very simple, enjoy the music, and this can best be accomplished by reproducing the original sound as best you can with what you have. Superior Quality is usually more costly than simple adequacy for anything worthwhile having.
Although I prefer vinyl for, what I call "Listening Sessions", that is, for pure, uninterrupted enjoyment at the ideal amplitude,
there are exceptions. The other evening I had a wonderful time listening to Brian Eno's "Another Day on Earth", a relatively new, high quality CD. The sound was FANTASTIC; but I believe it could be argued that the TYPE of music Eno gave with that selection lends itself to quality digital reproduction. The next selection was Bowie's "The man who sold the world", a 1971 promo white label vinyl LP. The sound was absolutely wonderful; I had forgotten just how good that album is. The combination of a mint, high quality vinyl disc, along with every component from stylus/cartridge to speakers being of excellent quality was responsible. If one compares Eno's "Before and After Science" (1977) on an original mint vinyl disc, it puts the CD release to shame.
The improvement of sampling per unit time is a major reason that CDs are sounding better. The more data per unit time makes that pseudowave smoother, less step-like, approaching the actual soundwave form. The next problem to overcome will be the oxidation of the metallic component, unless it is gold, and the problem of deterioration of the synthetics that make up CDs.
A good friend of mine works at the Smithsonian. (This guy is a serious archivist; he makes me look like I'm completely indifferent!) There has been, and is, a continuing work to record vinyl to vinyl as a Archival method, because of the problems seen in certain types of CDs and other similar media with deterioration. Most people are maybe unaware or don't care; the CD will last them just fine. That is not unreasonable.
I have enjoyed the discussions, or presentations of ideas and philosophies that are made on this site. Thanks.
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