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Vinyl > Digital on HowStuffWorks, Is their explanation incorrect?
snoozer
post Feb 16 2009, 00:36
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My friend won't give in that he just likes the motions of putting his records on his turntable but he found this website:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm

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This means that the waveforms from a vinyl recording can be much more accurate, and that can be heard in the richness of the sound.

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From the graph above you can see that CD quality audio does not do a very good job of replicating the original signal. (at 16/44.1)


I referred him to this:

http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Vinyl_Myths
(http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=85436)

I'm trying to understand the specifics but I'm a little lost. Are these two contradictory? Could someone clear up where HowStuffWorks might be disseminating wrong info?

This post has been edited by Peter: Feb 19 2009, 02:32
Reason for edit: Link now less search engine friendly.
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Axon
post Feb 16 2009, 08:51
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Here's what I put down on the contact us page....

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Your vinyl vs cd article, question487.htm, is completely wrong, and is misleading a lot of people.The waveform is a lie (CDs do not output square waves), vinyl recordings lose lots of information, etc. I will let as many people as possible know how incompetent the authorship is on this site, to ensure you don't mislead anybody else.


This is definitely worth a blog post and facebook remark/digg thumbs down/etc for anybody who can swing it. After some googling I can see this page is very influential.
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- snoozer   Vinyl > Digital on HowStuffWorks   Feb 16 2009, 00:36
- - Mike Giacomelli   QUOTE (snoozer @ Feb 15 2009, 18:36) I...   Feb 16 2009, 01:03
- - Canar   It is completely, horribly wrong, down to the grap...   Feb 16 2009, 01:22
- - Axon   Here's what I put down on the contact us page....   Feb 16 2009, 08:51
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 16 2009, 02:51) This is...   Feb 18 2009, 18:35
|- - Axon   QUOTE (krabapple @ Feb 18 2009, 11:35) QU...   Feb 18 2009, 19:19
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE The waveform is a lie (CDs do not output squ...   Feb 17 2009, 20:51
- - AndyH-ha   Perhaps these have exceptionally low cost soundcar...   Feb 17 2009, 21:51
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Feb 17 2009, 15:51...   Feb 18 2009, 18:37
- - greynol   Well, there's gotta be a DAC, but it appears t...   Feb 17 2009, 22:19
- - Axon   If it really does look like that then it will have...   Feb 18 2009, 02:19
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 17 2009, 17:19) If it r...   Feb 18 2009, 02:52
- - Axon   Lavry's sampling paper goes over inherent atte...   Feb 18 2009, 03:09
- - seangan   There are two things you can tell your friend. Fir...   Feb 18 2009, 03:25
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (seangan @ Feb 17 2009, 21:25) Iím ...   Feb 18 2009, 18:39
- - greynol   That's an informative paper, Axon. Thanks...   Feb 18 2009, 03:27
- - 2Bdecided   Can't we break the link in the first post? I d...   Feb 18 2009, 11:39
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE Doug, can you please dig into your work comp...   Feb 18 2009, 22:15
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Feb 18 2009, 16:15) QUOT...   Feb 24 2009, 22:05
- - Axon   Those are some pretty common cards. I did not expe...   Feb 18 2009, 23:02
- - Dynamic   Sorry to resurrect an oldish topic, but OMG! ...   Mar 3 2009, 21:24
- - Axon   There was a blind test conducted by a bunch of Vin...   Mar 3 2009, 22:00
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 18 2009, 10:19) Mods: i...   Mar 4 2009, 19:53
- - TomasPin   Bumping this to report that article is still aroun...   Aug 5 2013, 23:20
- - AliceWonder   That article made me very angry. It brought up mem...   Mar 21 2014, 12:45
- - andy o   A lot of (all?) pseudosciences are very similar in...   Mar 21 2014, 16:57
- - polemon   QUOTE This means that, by definition, a digital re...   Mar 22 2014, 02:14
- - yourlord   Any time you come across crap like this, just link...   Mar 22 2014, 03:50
- - Glenn Gundlach   QUOTE (yourlord @ Mar 21 2014, 18:50) Any...   Mar 22 2014, 21:51


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