What Makes Playing and Hearing Used LP Records Better Than a CD?

The resurgence of used LP Records is encouraging. It is bringing back the physical ownership of music. A vinyl is far superior to a digital recording in the value of ownership- holding, smelling, and seeing the artwork. Many people may argue that records sound better than vinyl and CDs, and that brings up a huge debate. Some live and die by vinyl, and would not seriously listen to anything in another format. Others do not get what the big deal is.

The core quality for listening to vinyl comes down to two things: the range of sound and the compression. CDs and digital files (which are sonically the same as what is on a CD) are compressed to fit the format. A producer downsizes the file sizes and compresses the sound together to fit an 80-minute disc. Albums rarely exceed 80 minutes, unless it is a double album such as Tupac’s All Eyez on Me or The Beatles White Album. But, in order to play in a digital format the song needs to be compressed. That process subsequently squashes the range that can be heard. For example, a song may go from the lowest registers to the highest registers in fidelity and range. The song is rich with complex sounds. On a CD, the two ends of the sound may be muted.

The main reason why people say that Used LP Records sound better is that it allows for the subtle sounds and the high-fidelity rich sounds on both extremes to be heard quite clearly. The needle reads the grooves in the album, and even the subtlest changes are intercepted and interpreted by the player. There is no compression and there are many complications to this. For example, some vinyl is recorded from compressed mp3 files, which is the main distinction from a regular pressing to 180 gram remaster.

Vinyl can sound bad and a CD can sound bad. It has a lot to do with how the record was pressed. Most agree that the range of fidelity in a vinyl is better, and that is partly why vinyl is finally kicking back into high gear. Visit Innergrooverecords.com to debate, discuss, and explore some of the best records since the resurrection of vinyl.

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