There have been a number of attempts to upgrade the sound of CDs in the last fifteen years: SACD, HD-CDs, Neil Young’s still-unreleased Pono system. But according to a mastering engineer–a guy who knows something about pristine, high-resolution audio–we should just stick with vinyl. From CNET.
The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled intoAlex DeTurk‘s studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc.
After the side was complete he examined the grooves with a microscope. DeTurk then said, “Vinyl is the most consumer-friendly high-resolution format around.” Right, more people are buying LPs than true high-resolution 24 bit/192 kHz files, the ones that can sound better than CD-quality FLAC or Apple Lossless files.
I agree with DeTurk’s assertion, well-recorded old and new LPs, played on a decent turntable are capable of delivering high-resolution sound.
Keep reading. (Thanks to Andrew for the link.)