[LAU] Pro Audio? OT rant.

Chris Cannam cannam at all-day-breakfast.com
Fri Dec 28 16:51:52 UTC 2012

On 28 December 2012 14:50, Chris Bannister <cbannister at slingshot.co.nz> wrote:
> On paper, an analogue signal is an exact
> reproduction whereas a digital signal is, by its very nature, an
> approximation of the original, even if it is very close.

This is closer to the opposite of the truth (counterintuitive as it
may seem). But I think there have been two or three good expositions
about this from Monty and others already in this thread.

I like my records. I have a pretty good record player that's about the
same age as I am, and I use it a lot. I like the physical objects, and
there are recordings I have on both LP and CD and prefer to listen to
from LP, either because the mastering is different or because I happen
to like the vinyl sound in that music.

But I can't tell the difference between the original vinyl and a
recording of it, using a decent soundcard, burned back onto a CD
again. I've tested it well enough to convince myself. All those
attractive distortions are faithfully preserved.


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