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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?

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DVDdoug
post Feb 18 2009, 22:15
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Doug, can you please dig into your work computers and identify the chipsets?

As reported by Windows Device Manager:

"RealTek AC'97 Audio" (Motherboard soundchip)

"CMI 8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device" (Separate PCI soundcard)

And, if you'd like to see the waveforms, send me a PM with your email. (I have several captured waveform images.)


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Of course, these are cheap soundcards/soundchips. Audio has nothing to do with my job, and none of these computers are intended for audio use. Another one of my computers (also with a motherboard soundchip) does put-out sine waves. (I haven't tested my home computers.)

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post Feb 24 2009, 22:05
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QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Feb 18 2009, 16:15) *
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Doug, can you please dig into your work computers and identify the chipsets?

As reported by Windows Device Manager:

"RealTek AC'97 Audio" (Motherboard soundchip)


Covers a wide range of chips. Most have adequate but not sparkling performance. Hard to tell exactly what's going on.

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"CMI 8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device" (Separate PCI soundcard)


An oldie-moldie with poor performance. In some tests it almost seems like the guts have only 8 bit resolution.
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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
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- - 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
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- - 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
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