Originally Posted by codprawn
Well a lot of people still reckon a good vinyl setup with a GOOD unmarked record will still give you far better quality than CD....
Who reckons this !!!!!
It may well be true but only for the first couple of plays on a record that is played in a sealed dust free environment - I have a lot of vinyl and some pretty descent decks as I used to be resident DJ in a night club in Newquay.
In practical terms the act of removing a record from its sleeve the very first time creates so much static that any dust within a few feet of the record sticks to the disc.
I have yet to find a way of playing a record without there being noticeable distortion to the sound by the end of the track due to build up of residue on the stylus.
Then within the first few plays the very high frequency parts of the recording begin to fade due to simple abrasion of the discs surface by the stylus.
Either way you look at it - within a few plays a vinyl record will have dropped off to a quality far below that of a cd - and withing 10's of plays below the quality of a high bitrate mp3.