Originally Posted by Stridsvognen
The quality of some old turntables and the way LP has proven to be the best media storage so far, should speak for itself.
Wonder where the USB stick, or CD is in 40-50 years, and will it work.?
Its fun to read comments from people who can list the limitations and problems with vinyl playback as a reason, when its clear to see they never had or had luck putting a reference vinyl setup together.
Setting up a turntable has a lot to do with skills, and you cant get a good setup just trowing money at it.
If you dont have the skills and patience to do a perfect setup and adjustment, save the money and stay digital.
FWIW I can set up a tuntable as well as anyone even overhaul some of them . I grew up on contact media and good vynil playback chains and I have heard some of the better or best ones .
Vinyl even on a refernce vinyl playback chain or any contact media cant approach the accuracy or equivalent bit depth resoution of 16/44 +_ digital you are just flattering yourself or repeating bad marketing science audiopohillia if you think otherwise and not fooling those of us that know better including yours trully
Thats not to say a decent vinyl mix cant sound excellent or better than a poor CD mix on a given album or track it happens.... or that one can not prefer the vagarites of analog contact media.... some folks prefer mp3 .
OTOH those are biased prefernces NOT validation that vinil is better
for achiving so far as sound quality goes or even that vinyl is faithful to the origional master tape because it is not e.g. RIAA EQ and surface and playback noise and other vagarities not present on the tape .
Vinyl has gone through subtractive or additive emphasis and de emphasis to allow for groove spacing i.e. RIAA EQ and is altered from the source recording similar to loudness uniform CD mixing but in the oppisite way i.e. altered is altered no matter if it's played back on a $100,000 or $500.00 configuration.
^^^^ Those can all have varing vagarities in the playback chain not limited to restoring RIAA EQ competently at playback including turntable/cartige vagarites outside of vynil pressing vagarites all that are not present in digital playback or losslesss file replication
beyond an incompetently desighned file encoder up front or DAC on a given playback chain
OTOH *properly digitized contact media is completeley faithfull to the analog sorcuce media
below the lower nyqist rate you cant hear anyway at 16/44 .
As far as durability they have 99+ yr rated OD/CD data blanks you can get now and 30 yr OLD CD's are coomon and they still have working
IBM 350 RAMAC refrigerator size disk storage drives from 1956 tucked away in some museums and probably still running in Cuba and DPRK
FWIW you can toss refernce vinyl truntable or CDP and likley get better sound quality from 16/44 Tidal Hi Fi on a good mix that was never
altered by RIAA or uniform loudness CD/mp3 mixing.
OTOH if you dont understand Studio > replication >archiving > workflow >sales channels and how Tidal gets most of it's stuff :
^^^ all that (and digital music /codec and foramats and obviously digital discrete time signal sampling and signal reconstruction within a limited bandwith below the lower nyqist rate in genral..... you may be under the illusiion (ouside of a biased prefernce or lack of knowlege ) that analog contact media is better than good 16/44 including refernce vinyl or analog tape that cant touch *good well mixed 16/44 or Hi -res *
FWIW I havs an 800wpc THX® pm3™ approved refernce digital playback chain including the large JBL midfiedls in a (working ) treated real studio here that can bring a snob audiophile ,digital or vinyl virtually to tears on a good mix in there . IOW .....I've head plenty of refernce sound better than vinyl