Arpangel wrote:I think the reason why CD was so successful, is because you can't really have a badly set-up CDplayer, but you can have a terribly set up turntable, or one so bad it will damage your records, neither of these things were applicable to CD. In the case of CD it was the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
It's more than that, the frequency response and dynamic range are so much better on CD. Vinyl goes through at least four generations (acetate to factory stampers) and they all degrade over time.
Tracking distortion and bass/loudness restrictions as you go further into the centre of the vinyl, then there's the physical vinyl roar and clicks and scratches.
The only good thing in my view about the vinyl revival is the cover artwork and the smell. :D
The early CDs did have issues of being cut from RIAA equalised tapes instead of the studio masters and early digital mastering console faders weren't very good, but oversampling has sorted out the latter and I don't think anyone uses production master tapes now as the record companies have, where possible, realised the value in quality remastering from studio masters.
A lot of people seem to like vinyl, but I think that's because of it's limitations/distortions, but that's what we're talking about, it's got a sound of its own. CDs have much greater fidelity.