Analog vs. Digital:An analog format such as vinyl records are said to be much more accurate to the source of the music than digital formats, which convert the music into a digital format, before being modified back again to analog for reproduction.Vinyl records provide a more rich, warm tone than digital formats. The reason behind this better tone is because the grooves on records offer much more musical data to your amplifier. When the stylus (needle) fits in to the groove of the record, it vibrates in such a way that is reminiscent with the soundwaves present when the artists performed the song. When amplified, you get a reproduction of the original performance.When the musical data is converted into a digital format, you will find various “resolutions”.
To use photos as an example, it would be the main difference between a 100×100 pixel image, and a 1000×1000 pixel picture. For CDs, it is 16-bit. For DVD Audio up to 24-bit. Then, there is a sample rate, which is how often these pictures are taken. For CDs, they happen 44,100 times per second. DVD Audio, up to 192,000 times per second. For SACDs, an incredible 2,000,000+ samples per second. You can see how the more advanced digital formats would sound better than CDs, which is how most people listen to digital music.In the case of digital formats like MP3 and AAC, some of the higher frequencies get pulled out to conserve space, in addition, these formats are obtained from a CD, and compressed, so they could by no means approach the sound quality of the CD.
I anticipate digital music formats to continue to gain in popularity, and I also expect even better formats to come out, with new digital format remasters, which could sound much much better than a CD (Or even DVD-A or SACD), have much more customization options, and of course, undisputed portability. Are you currently listening, record companies?How particularly vinyl sounds better:
Vinyl seems to reproduce the higher frequencies much better. On digital, higher frequencies (voices, cymbals, drums, etc.) sound thinner, harsher, “swishy”, simply not as good. On vinyl, these high frequencies sound more natural, less harsh, more “real”. Also, very small high-pitched nuances shine through better, like for example when a bass player plucks a string.Bass seems to sound fuller on vinyl as well. It sounds thicker, richer, more natural, much more nuanced. It is good. When listening to bass on vinyl, you’ll know why a lot of DJs still use vinyl to this day. On digital, bass appears to be muddier, thinner…it has less impact.
It’s true that vinyl does have some weaknesses, such as pops and hiss, but these are eradicated if the record is clean. The pops and hiss also include a nostalgic charm to the sound of the audio. Some artists, particularly hip hop, have incorporated this sound into their music.In the event you love the sound of music, and want to hear some thing which has a greater sound than CDs and MP3s, you need to give vinyl a hear. When you hear it, you will become a fan too!