I’ve made various videos over the last few years comparing vinyl and digital releases of different albums – because sometimes vinyl is mastered with more dynamics than the digital formats, which is something I care about.
But I always try to avoid passing comment on the actual formats themselves – CD versus vinyl, analogue versus digital – because I feel these discussions are actually red herrings. They’re distractions from the real issues of what makes our music sound great.
But inevitably in the comments of these posts and videos, someone will eventually jump in with the timeless old chestnut:
‘Digital can never sound as good as analogue’
Now this is a popular belief these days, but the fact is there’s no theoretical reason to believe it’s true – correctly implemented digital audio can exactly reproduce any analogue audio signal with complete accuracy.
But when I say that, there’s always someone who says something like
“people who listen to CD are missing out on the emotional experience. I don’t expect you to understand, but I know it’s true”.
To which my response is – how dare you ?!