Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums
Quote: Originally Posted by Warfare
It all depends on the quality of the MP3, really..
It also depends on the quality of Speakers/headphones, a Logitech will not sound the same as a Sennheiser.
I know I would rather listen to a CD version if the MP3 is the lowest quality it could possibly be.
Seems to me we got all this fantastic technology and the consumer always gets lumbered with the not quite so good option.
When CDs came out they were touted as indestructible high fidelity perfection.
As any hi fi buff knows there is far more bits of information on a vinyl disk than there is on a cd. Classical music guys I know all buy vinyl for their £10,000 hi fis.
Yet it didn't have to be this way. They could have made the sampling rate on cds much greater. In fact there have been various attempts to introduce hi def cds but they haven't taken off.
Like jpegs on digital cameras mp3s are horrendously compressed. That's why they sound clunky and also why they are recorded at high volume. Even the quiet bits are loud. This gives the impression of a full tonal range over the headphones but it's a con.
Come to think about it betamax was better quality than VHS.
We always get what we deserve. The cheaper alternative.
It's not only the compression but the encoding algorithm and don't forget the quality of the encoding / decoding hardware. All 3 pieces play a role.
Old Minidiscs using ATRAC3 at 320 / 256 sound FAR FAR better than MP3's at the same bit rate. Trouble was it's a proprietary codec still locked away in Sony's vaults.
Artifacts play a Huge part - as do the transients . Some music is deliberately played at a very high volume in an attempt to mask the artifacts.
Of course Vinyl (or any analog device) will have far more information on them since you have an INFINITE number of gradations -- for example it's almost impossible tp print a perfect black & white pic from a digital camera -- the number of gradations between White and Black (known as the Grey Scale) is infinite.
The eye is far less sensitive with colour gradations so you can get away with say a 24 bit colour representation from a DECENT digital camera (with RAW file processing - not a 14 bit jpeg).
Decent CD quality is pretty much OK especially if you rip it in FLAC (or any other lossless compression).
Of course all this also assumes the original quality of the recording is fine as well.
added -- for thouse who don't believe on the Analog Vs Digital -- just read some basic info on "Fourier Analysis and Fourier Transforms". Nice light bed time reading for you.