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We're glad more than 80% does like the new design. The new question is based upon the recent Jailhouse Rock release: Does vinyl sound better than CDs?

Updated: May 17, 2010 

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RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2010report abuse
CD listening fatigues me very quickly, but I can listen to vinyl all day long. I would much rather listen to a vinyl album than a cd. I have copies of all Elvis' albums on vinyl and almost all on cd...give me vinyl any day! (Except for the bootlegs that I have on vinyl...they don't sound very good...)
clp1093 (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2010report abuse
Owning a hi-fi shop, I suppose I am more critical of sound quality than most. If a Cd is mastered with care and is played on decent equipment it comes close to vinyl. However Cd is a flawed medium and 16bit/44kHz is 'gaslight' in digital terms. Vinyl, being a pure analogue source has no such limitations. For convenience and durability the Cd is hard to beat, but for sound quality a mint copy of Rock 'n' Roll number 1 on HMV is unbeatable, hence my monica CLP1093! The future is going to be Studio Master downloads, NOT MP3 or i- tunes but 24bit/96kHz or 24bit/192kHz. Some of these are available, but sadly not Elvis.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
I prefer to look at the old records. The artwork is much nicer. As far as sound it's a toss up for me. I never really had an audiophile system so it never really came into play for me. The cd's are more convenient & durable. The original records are worth more but that aside in this day & age i prefer the cd's.
snowplow floater (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
Well Elvis kinda put 78rpms out of business and heralded the first contemporary albums. So cds are a continuation of that but they skip too and your still getting less for your buck when you stand them up against the original format. Elvis 's sound was different on vinyl especially the glorious fifties material in mono. It jumps off the groves and fills the room and grabs ya by the collars. Alive and vibrant. Cds not as good but superior to all the reprocessed stereo from the seventies, a lot of which i have but like anyway.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
I love my original records, have all of Elvis' original releases in pristine condition but I never play them. Will always opt for a CD because of the convenience and the options it gives. Plus and I hate to say this but there are only a handful of Elvis albums I can play through without hitting the skip button. I'm not even talking soundtracks.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
For sentimental reasons I get a warm feeling when it comes to vinyl, BUT listening to them (which I hardly ever do anymore) I recall the vulnerabilty. The first spin may be better sound wise, but that is wearing off quickly. It has it charms but only initially. So I definitely go for CD's.
burton (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
I thouroughly agree with elvis1279 that cd's are better that vinyl because if you play vinyl long enough it will eventually get that hissy sound when dust gets into the grooves, but that never happens with cd, you'll always get a clear sound.
elvis1279 (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2010report abuse
CDs are better. I still like vinyl, but CDs are better in many ways.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
More convenient,yes.But that's not the question. I own every original vinyl album and cd, and when i just wanna play something i'll usually play CD,but when i want to hear real warm music, with all the frequency i can get out of my amps, Vinyl period. I'm a bit of an audiophile and sometimes i have these discussions and people won't believe me, until they hear it. But like i said i have very expensive stuff here,and with a simple stereo a cd will sound better.
sideburns (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
Sometimes I think Vinyl sounds warmer than cds do,but cds are more portable and holds more time.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
A CD is more convenient and it sounds better IF the person doing the mixing, mastering and all of that knows how to "marry" the best of vinyl (a warm sound) to the best of a CD (crispness and clarity) Unfortunately many don't. So, they join the loudness race. Thus you're left with CD sound that's crisp, clear and harsh. I HATE that. Way too many CDs still suffer that fate. Thus I still prefer vinyl even with its built in inconveniences.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
Obviously a CD is more convenient, but when it comes to which has better sound, vinyl wins hands down, especially on Elvis' music from the 50's and 60's. I own a jukebox that plays 45's and on songs such as "Don't Be Cruel", "Don't" and "I Got Stung", I much prefer the sound of vinyl. Even the 70's songs usually sound better. One song in particular is "Way Down". The sound is just richer and this is my original 45 that I bought in '77. Two other examples of vinyl souding better is the extended play of "Easy Come, Easy Go" and the LP "Roustabout". My copy of ECEG has a few pops (the record is 43 years old), but it sounds better than any CD release of these songs. "Roustabout" has never sounded quite right on CD either (hollow sound) and I just bought the latest 2009 version hoping they wouldn't screw up the mastering of "Big Love, Big Heartache". They did better than they did on the "Double Features" CD's, but it still doesn't equal the sound of the vinyl. Good vinyl, played with a good needle will stay sounding great for a long time and there is something to be said for not skipping songs and listening to a record just as it was released 40, 50 or 60 years ago.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
A newly pressed heavy vinyl record on a good turntable with a good catridge sounds better, but it wont remain pristine forever. CDs sound better for a longer period of time and yes, after about 15 minutes, a vinyl record will become more of an annoying experience when u cant skip, repeat, program, etc. I'll take a CD everytime.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2010report abuse
A do think so, but after about 15 minutes I know why I play CDs more often :-)

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