July 13, 2013 - Posted in Uncategorized
There are so many ways people can get their music – satellite radio, digital downloads, etc. There are even sites like Dish Network vs DIRECTV which even carry streaming music channels. That’s a lot of different options and formats and we haven’t even touched vinyls.
The debate about music formats – digital (mp3s, etc.) or vinyl records – remains contentious. Proponents of each have long ago hunkered into entrenched positions, but many listeners remain undecided. On one hand you have vinyl, still old-school cool, with a sound described by record lovers as warmer and richer than that of its digital counterparts. On the other, there’s digital, with its convenience and imperviousness to physical degradation.
Analog purists claim that digital formats compress too much information to accurately reproduce music the way records do. After all, the waveforms of sound are analog, and record grooves replicate real sound waves. Digital music is defined by its sample rate and the accuracy of its sampling, and is always merely an approximation of organic sound.
Fans of digital music counter that advances in sampling rates and resolution have rendered digital superior to analog in reproducing higher frequencies. They also argue that analog aficionados might be hearing the sound of nostalgia: a needle crackling in a dusty groove may read as sonically “warmer” to a sympathetic audience.
So the debate goes on, with no clear end in sight.
If you find mp3s to sound thin, or you just love the physicality of vinyl, then records are for you. If, however, you prefer the cleaner sound of digital, or you simply wish to carry your music with you without hauling around large crates, mp3s work fine.