Whether you’re playing tape or spinning vinyl, moving parts are involved in getting sound to reach your ears. There’s another, far superior reason why vinyl is better than lossy digital formats. Vinyl is great, but the idea that its sound quality is superior to that of uncompressed digital recordings is preposterous. They sound different, and that's exactly the point. ((David Leigh has written a definitive and damn funny answer to this question. The vinyl groove causes the stylus to move or vibrate, and this is turned into a tiny electrical signal that is amplified and turned into sound by the speakers. The problem here is that it had a … Analog is mechanical. However, current mastering practice means that vinyl releases can often sound noticeably better from a dynamics point of view, bizarrely. I … Please check it out…)) The funny thing about the vinyl debate is this: Some of the most vocal people weighing in on the vinyl side are … probably hard of hearing. Whereas with black vinyl, you can run that on any press on any day, and while every record runs a little differently, you know the vinyl itself is going to be pretty consistent. “It’s very mid-range-y and very warm,” a sound that flatters the fuzzy guitars of rock ‘n’ roll. This means that for a turntable to work well you want it to ‘read’ just the vibrations in the groove rather than having them muddied by vibration coming from elsewhere. Vinyl, for the most part, avoided the ‘loudness war.' A new model can not only give you better sound but usually better features, including a line-level out or maybe even USB connectivity. What vinyl can't do But there’s a caveat – vinyl doesn’t handle extreme high and low frequencies as well as its digital counterpart. A few weeks ago Neil Young famously exclaimed that the vinyl resurgence is just a “fashion statement.” He claims that most new vinyl doesn’t sound better than the CD because the vinyl … The bad “All-analog” doesn’t always happen: Many modern vinyl records are produced from digital masters, either recordings made natively in software such as Pro Tools or converted from tape before being sent along for mass production. Of course, when you listen in on casual discussions of sound in 2013, you often hear that "LPs are back" because they "sound better." With the rise of digital music (CDs included), it's possible to make a track sound louder than it naturally should. For me, this is the biggest overriding factor in why black is said to sound better.” In any manufacturing process, of course, there are always exceptions. Also, the whole LP-playing procedure, physicality and the 'mysticism' of vinyl does make it a more involving — and therefore pleasurable — experience. 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