by James Leahy
With the internet
already so heavily over polluted with hundreds of articles about how
to rip Vinyl to CD, and
all the extra details you need to know I will not bore you
with more technical details. This is not a vinyl vs CD debate either as
readers of this site will already know that vinyl is so far superior
we do not have do waste time discussing it further but why some
people feel they need to transfer their vinyl to CD-R instead of
buying a decent turntable is reasoning I will never understand.
Question Number One is, WHY BOTHER?
I have not
found this discussed before. The vinyl
record is the most sacred of high resolution stereo formats that
should never be corrupted into bastardized digital MP3 or CD-R
trash. This is not to say that all CD's are worthless but the idea
of doing such a conversion to superior analogue recordings, flies in
the face of all commonsense. If you could plug an optical fibre
cable into your brain and listen to the recording in a fully digital
domain then this idea might have some merit. But as it stands
human's are all born with two ear's that are analogue hearing
devices the last time I checked. Not digital in nature in any way
shape or form. The saying that, 'The simplest things in life are
often the best', is true in many area's of technology too. Such as
film camera's are is still superior to digital camera's when it
comes to resolving fine detail so to are vinyl records superior to
CD's. Don't believe me about the film/digital issue check
more information. I know some people wish to use every type of
software to remove all traces of surface noise and I hope they know
at the same time they will also be removing a large slice of detail.
Original critical information that is lost at the beginning of this
process can never be recovered. There is nothing for free in technology
too. With so many people thinking this way
is it any wonder why iPod's are so popular today and kids believe
MP3 is the world standard of Hi Fidelity. What is our education
system teaching the youth of Australia....? God only knows...
full extra conversions.
In order to
take the analogue information off the vinyl into a computer the
data must be stored digitally which involves an Analogue to Digital
Converter (AD Converter) which encodes the analogue signal to a
digital format so it can be edited, stored, burned onto CD-R, changed
into MP3's or whatever. Then when you play back your CD-R in your CD
player there needs to be another conversion from digital back
to analogue (DA Converter) so the signal can be amplified by your
amplifier. The whole double conversion process is NOT without
significant loss in terms of detail, transparency, harmonics,
timbre, tone, synergy, soundstage, dynamics and realism.
Will you be able to tell the Difference?
There is no definite answer to this
question that would be 100% correct. It would depend on the level of
sophistication of your system, phono stage, listening experience and
environment. I have even had customers listen to my system and of
the same album on both SACD vs Record, back to back and not be able
to detect any discernable difference. It certainly makes you wonder.
When it is as clear as night and day to me and many others. See
what I mean about listener experience. You have to know how to
listen not just hear the sound. Everybody has ears but not everybody
knows how to use them. Take my advise and listen to a good MC
cartridge and Phono Stage and you will see that what the Vinylphiles
are raving about.
I Just lazy?
There are those people that do not wish to
be troubled with the task of switching sides of the album or
cleaning their records and carefully storing them after every use.
While digital media might appear easier to use day to day the
compromises for me and many others are just too great. Why would you
go to the expense and trouble of obtaining a high-end Hi-Fi system
and then slaughtering the sound with CD-R's...? If something is
worth doing, it is worth doing well. This statement means playing
music as it was intended to be heard in it's purest natural form of
the humble record. This does not have to cost you an arm and a leg
either. The very highly regarded
Rega P3-24 is priced at under $1,300.00 for a full on turntable
with tonearm. Then you can listen to the music the way it was
preformed, with the least possible coloration and distortion.