If it makes you feel any better about the situation... (Destiny)

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Friday, January 18, 2019, 10:48 (616 days ago) @ Kermit

...Mike sent Marty a physical copy of the retail release numbered #001. So there's at least that.

Wasn't that on Vinyl? It's a lossy format and doesn't preserve all of the original :-p

Isn't vinyl technically a lossless format? I agree with your overall point, but that vinyl release has some sweet art!

Vinyl is not lossless AT ALL. There is analog noise / distortion and a loss of dynamic range. You can take a redbook audio file, copy it a bazillion Times, and still be able to perfectly access the original waveform as recorded.

The phrase "perfectly access" is problematic because the equipment you use matters. On the cheap, digital sounds "better" by most measures, but arguably not all. There's a subjective aspect. Vinyl and digital sound different. On the high end, digital can sound more like vinyl and they can be less distinguishable, but you also have to consider how the recording was made and mastered. You can claim digital supremacy based on specs but the quality of the listening experience can't always be quantified that way.

Yes, all true.

The recording can be poorly mastered as per the 'loudness wars' and will sound bad. Likewise, some people prefer the imperfections of vinyl. But they are imperfections. They can be replicated because we know why and how they happen.

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