I’ve searched both Cecil’s columns and the message boards and didn’t find anything. If this has already been discussed at length somewhere, just direct me to the thread.
Do vinyl records really sound better than compact discs?
Given a top quality vinyl record and a top quality compact disc–both the same title; * Sargent Pepper, * let’s say–both played on top quality equipment, does a vinyl record really give substantially superior sound?
I can see three possible results:
No difference, or a difference so trivial that not even a dedicated audiophile can really hear it, let alone an ordinary listener.
Some detectible difference, but relatively trivial. Both an ordinary listener and a dedicated audiophile could detect it, but only the audiophile would much care about it.
A substantial difference, one that both the ordinary listener and the dedicated audiophile could readily detect and enjoy. The ordinary listener probably wouldn’t care to spend the necessary money to get the difference, but he could definitely appreciate it.
There ya are. Go nuts.
Maybe this one belongs in Great Debates!