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PostSubject: Analog vs Digital   Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:06 pm

As everyone knows, LaserDisc displays analog video and most people that watch them prefer it over digital video for various reasons. For me I prefer analog as it seems to provide a softer, saturated and more film like picture. Almost like listening to vinyl, there is a warmth to it that can't be replicated with digital.

What I want to know is everyone's preference on sound. Digital or analog?

So far I haven't experienced AC-3 or DTS LaserDiscs so I'm basing this off regular Digital Surround/Stereo/Mono vs Analog Surround/Stereo/Mono.

The main thing I've noticed is that analog is easier on the ears. Sometimes a digital track can go past sounding sharp and just being harsh on the ears. On most discs I find analog is just as dynamic and just as clear but sounds a bit softer and easier to listen to.

On the other hand, sometimes the analog track just sounds weak. For example, Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out! The digital track full of dynamics range, is crystal clear and makes you feel as if you are right there in the crowd. The analog track just sounds my VHS copy. Quite dull.

Though a disc like Red Hot Chili Peppers: What Hits?! sounds incredible in analog. It so clear and the sound really opens up allowing you to hear every nuance of each instrument. The digital track is just as dynamic but just doesn't sound as full.

Of course it differs with each disc, depending on the source quality, the mixing and mastering process but I find analog to sound a little better overall. But I'd like to know, what does everyone else think?
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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:23 pm

I`ve always prefered analogue over digital,i listen to about 80% of my music on record(cd can be harsh at times)
but saying that ac-3 tracks do tend to be amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:46 pm

I don't claim to know the ins-and-outs of it all, I'm no sound engineer, but I do understand that a digital recording is not actually that at all. It is only a audio signal converted to a string of 1s and 0s. That does not leave much room for artisitc creativity, it is a rather harsh.

Why is analogue sometimes better? I don't really know, but it certainly can be. There just seems to be amore rounder and warmer feel to the sound.

The numbers capture the shape, but the analogue gives all of the feeling.
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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:00 pm

I would say analogue, if only because most of my players are too early to play digital sound!

I have noticed that a lot of my discs with digital sound seem to play with very poor sound quality on my Philips VP380, but again that might be because it's a pretty old player. Quite often I have to turn the TV sound up so far that I get a lot of background hiss. I noticed this particularly badly the other day when playing "Blackadder Goes Forth", which was just about the quietest sound on any of my laserdiscs. I'm yet to try these discs on my new Pioneer CLD-S515, hopefully it will be better!
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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:38 am

I don't really care actually, both of them can sound good. I saw Lone Star tonight with analog audio and didn't really notice that much of a difference to a digital audio track. When it comes to music I usually prefer records instead of CD's, but on Laserdisc it doesn't really matter.
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PostSubject: Re: Analog vs Digital   Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:09 am

PeaceMaker1 wrote:
I don't claim to know the ins-and-outs of it all, I'm no sound engineer,..... The numbers capture the shape, but the analogue gives all of the feeling.

That's a perfect way of describing the difference. I, too, am no audio expert but there's an enormous amount of informed opinion out there on the subject, with many audiophiles proclaiming the superiority of analogue - and, on the evidence of my ears, I tend to agree with them.

It may be a bit of an unfair generalisation to say this, but it seems to me that those who appear to know what they're talking about (in audio terms) tend to favour analogue while those who don't really know that much go for digital (cheap and cheerful). So this begs the question of why the powers-that-be are insisting on this big switchover to digital in all broadcast media.

I don't receive TV signals of any kind but I do use a digital radio and get a very good performance from it, but I know this is not the same for everyone through the country, and my real objection to the digital system, in broadcast terms, is that it can never be 'live' - the processing of the signal means that it takes about 3.5 seconds for a live sound or image to reach my receiver. Things like the Greenwich 'pips' are utterly meaningless on digital radio, so I don't see why they bother relaying them. They cannot be accurate. (For those of us with 'time fixations', "near enough" is not "good enough".)

As for recorded music, I still continue to prefer my records, both new and old. I hardly play my CDs these days, but ironically I do take the trouble to make digital recordings of my vinyl records onto minidisks and, strange as it may seem, the music actually sounds better when I do this. The odd click and pop gets through but that doesn't matter. The warmth and dynamic breadth of the recording is preserved and often seems boosted.

As for laserdisc, as mentioned before, it's the uncompressed nature of the signal that, in my opinion, gives it the edge over DVD. I know some people have contested this - some say laserdiscs ARE compressed, others point to the advantages of the latterday technologies that benefit DVDs and BluRay which were clearly not available to laserdiscs - but pound for pound, minute for minute, a well-mastered LD gives any DVD a run for its money - whether analogue or digital. So there.
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