[Tig] Digital cinema - vinyl v cd
Thu Mar 30 10:19:57 BST 2006
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I grew up with high quality turntables, as my father was something of
an enthusiast himself, but where do you even start with the myriad
problems that vinyl brings to recorded sound? Bearing rumble, wow,
flutter, gross harmonic distortion, static clicks, dust pops, tonearm
ringing, scratches, acoustic feedback, fluff whoosh, seriously non-
linear frequency response, hopeless channel separation etc etc. It
makes the problems of band-limited CD look very tame by comparison.
Could ANYONE actually say with confidence what high levels of jitter
SOUND like? Frankly, vinyl has some way to go before it can match
analogue tape recordings, let alone digital optical discs.
And no, I'm not bothered if a vinyl system can struggle out an
attenuated, harmonically distorted waveform at 25Khz, my hearing
didn't even make it to 17Khz last time I checked! FWIW, I enjoy
handling and playing vinyl records too (Laserdiscs are even lovelier)
but great cover art doesn't make great sound.
London WC2N 4DU
On 29 Mar 2006, at 19:05, sprescott wrote:
> Thanks to oktobor for supporting the TIG
> Compare a well recorded violin piece on a quality vinyl pressing
> and an Audio cd and you should notice that high frequency high
> amplitude sounds are not reproduced that well by 44.1Khz 16bit
> CD it's not the only difference but its easy to hear ( you will need
> a top quality setup).
> Hence the development of DVD-Audio and SACD.
> Adrian Thomas wrote:
>> Why do some people STILL believe vinyl is an high performance
>> medium? I can't think of a single, measurable metric where it
>> isn't surpassed by CD-Audio. It really isn't a good analogy for
>> film vs digital projection.
>> Adrian Thomas
>> Automatic Television
>> 35 Bedfordbury
>> London WC2N 4DU
>> On 28 Mar 2006, at 18:45, sprescott wrote:
>>> Thanks to oktobor for supporting the TIG
>>> Digital cinema is a bit like Compact Disk audio - not as good as the
>>> best analogue system but better overall quality for the common man.
>>> Will film fair any better than vinyl when the economies of digital
>>> distribution are realised?
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