I apologize if the subject line for this topic isn’t very clear. I am personally annoyed by subject lines like, “What does this mean!?!?” which gives you no clue as to what the question is. However, the question I am posing simply can’t be crammed into a few characters. So please forgive me.
Okay, here’s the beef. When I was in London, England, I bought a CD entitled “The Nice”, which is basically the digital version of one of my favourite vinyl disks (which is entitled “Azrael Revisited”.)
Anyway, when I popped the CD into my portable player, I was disgusted that my favourite tune (“Azrael Revisited”) sounded just awful. The vocals were almost inaudible. Indeed, it sounded like I was merely hearing bleed-over from an adjacent microphone in the recording studio. At that point, I concluded that somebody had really messed up the remix. (I have similar complaints about the drums in the song “One More Red Nightmare”, by King Crimson, on the CD version of their “Red” album, but that’s another matter.)
However, when I tried the Azrael CD on another CD player, the vocals came through just fine. I sat back, delighted, and enjoyed the wonderful music from the group that predated and prefigured Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
So here’s my question: if CD music is just digital data, how could there be a loss of the vocal information, when my “Azrael” CD is played on a particular CD player? Doesn’t a CD just deliver an essentially linear stream of bits?
In case I haven’t stated my point strongly enough, let me emphasize it: the CD “loses” the vocals when played on my portable CD player, but it works fine on my desk model.