So I’ve been thinking a bit about this.
First of all, I want to say that I’m not the most informed person on the argument, and I’m not claiming that I’m 100% right, I just want to hear what other people’s have to say about this.
I’ve looked a bit around and I didn’t see anyone with a convincing argument on why vinyls are actually better, so I’m giving it a shot.
Vinyls are made from pressing the material on a negative mold and that preserve the “analog” source from which vinyls are made.
But those molds are made from a digital recording, not directly from the analog source. The actual singer/band music isn’t directly written on the mold, but is stored in digital form, mixed, and then “printed” on the mold.
This concept is similar to printing digital photographs: even though the photograph is in an analog form once printed, it can not represent more information than the original photo had on pc, at best the print can blend better the sides of the pixels, resulting in an ARGUABLY better result.
And I think what is happening with vinyls is something similar; I think the music has received a better analog to digital transformation than the one that our DACs can make, or it is better mixed, and the analog sound is been printed in the best state that it can be.
But then again, there are people with DACs that are thousands of dollars, are those really that much worse than the one they use to make the molds?
The other difference is maybe the digital source, when making vinyls they might have access to files with a higher resolution than the one that is stored on a CD.
What do you think about this? Do you think that with a top-top-end DAC and the same file they use to make vinyls we could have the same result? Are vinyls sprinkled with magic dust that makes the sound better? Is it just the charm of the old good stuff? Let me know!
ps. I didn’t take into consideration tape recordings because I don’t think those are used anymore.