I personally like bad recordings highly compressed in MP3 format. (I'm only kidding of course)
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There are, in fact, a boatload of poor recordings on vinyl. whether it's equal (percentage of poor recordings) between CD and vinyl is open for debate and I would rather not go there. I agree with your statement though. Good recordings, regardless of the format, are equal to spending thousands in equipment upgrades. The problem is that "it is what it is" and the correct upgrades in your front end will make all recordings as good as they can be. From my limited perspective I must say that going with active crossovers made nearly all of my library very listenable. Do others have the same experience?
You are correct. Format is less important than implementation. There are awful recordings in all formats. There are also fantastic recordings in all formats.
Some formats have the potential to sound better than others due to available bandwidth, etc.
In some cases, it's simply a matter of availability, too. There are lots of records that never made it to cd. Conversely, there are lots of cd's that were never available on vinyl.
Any "audiofool" worth his or her salt should be open to using more than one format, for the reasons stated above.
The quality gap between my best Chesky HDCD's for example, vs. some of the dreck that I own surpasses any incremental improvement in formats. I don't want to start an Audiophile war, but these mastering differences dwarf the differnces between cables, etc. Ditto for vinyl.
You have good common sense, use it and enjoy the music.
I would have to agree with the consensus that each format has its own merit, depending upon the quality of the recording. Having spent the past week or so really examining the differences between SACD, XRCD discs and vinyl, I have reached the conclusion that each can be completely satisfying. Vinyl is most enjoyable when the recording is top-notch and the record is spotless.There just seems a "rightness" to the presentation that is hard to articulate. It is, however, a pain-in-the-ass to maintain, clean and operate. SACD shows tremendous potential and might sound as musical as vinyl with the right recordings.I recently picked up the ubiquitous Philips SACD 1000 for $400.00 at Tweeter, and I must say certain recordings really sound fantastic. Some recent XRCDs I've obtained are spectacular and when played through my allegedly antiquated Jadis megabuck redbook rig leave me wanting for nothing! At this point, I could not see abandoning any of these formats.
Please direct me to a "fantastic recording" in the MP3 lossy compression format. I'll admit, I downloaded ONE song, directly from the legitimate record company's website. THAT was enough to convince me that it is NOT a valid audiophile format. I wasn't able to take measurements, but I believe it would be shelved between "microcassette" and AM mono (without antenna).
There are some good movies available in black and white. But why restrict yourself to watching everything on a black and white television?
Per YOUR quote:
"There are also fantastic recordings in all formats." I disagree.