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Mar 04

Anonymous said: CDs max out at 16 bit 44.1 khz, while many/most digital recordings are now made at 24 bit 96hz (and Mp3s usually go downhill from there). So, a well mastered slab of vinyl of could exceed the sound quality of a standard digital file. Unless you're buying a high resolution FLAC or WAV from a high resolution master (which hardly anyone does). There are some other real-world complications though (bass frequency roll-off, sibilance, etc)

I actually understand what those numbers mean now! I don’t think it’s a sound quality issue in that sense, because I don’t think my ears or my equipment are good enough to identify the difference (I’ve tried to tell apart 320kbps MP3 files from lower bitrate versions and failed). 

I figured out what to do with my volume settings, though, and synced up my Grimes LP with 192kbps MP3 - moving a jack in and out to change between the two, so I can’t do a blind test by myself, although I should really be able to notice the surface noise anyway. If anything, I think the MP3 sounds more detailed, but the vinyl is consequently more rounded.

I don’t know, I’m still intrigued by the whole idea, but paying too much attention to music gives me a headache (not literally, but close).

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