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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as the original LP, 9 Jan. 2014
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I have had the LP in my collection for near enough 30 years. However in terms of getting the emotion from an old analogue vinyl round thing the CD from the same label does not quite cut it. I suppose for old fashioned vinyl junkies like me the CD is still lacking in something. Maybe I should buy the equivalent CD player to my aged LP12 turntable! The organ in the infamous opening track is just not that clear.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2014, 09:23:52 GMT
Bill Glen says:
I share your enthusiasm for the original LP which was impressive indeed as I owned it too, but for me I,m happy to report no contest in the cd brings an added clarity and sense of space and the improvement was so obvious that the LP went the way of most of my LPs long ago. I have the cd in its first mid price release and it is that version I base my comments on. I certainly don't miss the dissipation of concentration which came from having to get up half way through to change the LP over in such an intensely sustained reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014, 10:16:26 GMT
P. Brown says:
Hi Bill, I 100% agree with you that the added joy of listening for an hour without having to turn things over is a major plus for the CD. However there is something appealing with the sound reproduction you get from an LP that cannot be replicated with a CD. The top and mid range are there but the depth of the low notes are missing - on my system. All I can say is that listening to music is a personal feeling as each one of us has a different idea as to how the sound should be, this is akin to our palates and the different whiskey/whisky we can enjoy when listening to our music.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2016, 03:30:14 BST
Ron Viewer says:
Bass is actually curtailed on an LP master to avoid excessive cutter head excursions. When people talk about the 'extra' bass of an LP they are probably responding to the far higher (mainly second harmonic) distortion of LP replay that deceives the ear into thinking it is true bass.
The apparently 'dry' CD bass is actually far more accurate, as experience of live acoustic music will confirm.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2016, 04:10:38 BST
Last edited by the author on 19 Apr 2016, 04:14:43 BST
P. Brown says:
Hi Ron, thanks for the official explanation. Although I regularly attend live Radio 3 concerts I have never had the privilege of listening live to this piece. Although my LP is now over 30 years old the shear musicality is still there via the trusty Sondek based system which has received several major upgrades unlike the receivers each side of my head.

Posted on 8 May 2016, 02:28:28 BST
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2016, 02:02:36 GMT
Ron Viewer says:
You're welcome, PB. Another factor is that the LP12, in common with most turntables using a wobbly synchronous AC drive motor (of the type used in mains analogue clocks) will experience vibration at 50 hertz and its harmonics superimposed on the sound, which helps to account for the extra bass 'bloom' that users report. I understand the latest absurdly expensive re-incarnation of the LP12 now uses a DC motor to avoid this effect.
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