But I find it amusing that people still argue over sound quality when their ears can't hear many of the aspects of it.
Come over to my house. You'd hear the superiority of analog immediately. It isn't even subtle. As a friend, hardly an audiophile, said after a listening session, "This sounds too good to have died." Euphonic is the right word for the sound the best analog can achieve. It's agreeable, pleasing and sweet.
And if we played a MP3 file on my analog system? You'd echo Don McLean in American Pie
. "The day the music died."
As for vinyl rumble, which you call hiss*, it is audible on soft passages but I do not find it annoying except in the worst instances. You do have to get past the first 30 seconds of vinyl on some records. The record pressing process itself can make the lead in grooves and the first few seconds of music the worst in terms of vinyl noise.
EDIT: *The hiss of a master tape is audible on some records but a lot of good vinyl is being mastered off of 30ips analog tapes, which have almost no hiss, or off of 24 bit/96K digital, which sounds excellent. I have no problem with hi-res digital. I record using it and can't hear any degradation. Older records, where they music may be from a 1/4" tape going at 7 1/2 ips, yes, you can hear tape hiss, but it is at a low level that is quickly masked by the music. There are worse things than hiss. It's like complaining about the weaving in the canvas of a painting or the sediment at the bottom of the glass from a great bottle of wine. I'll take the warmth of vinyl, the stereo image of an lp, the depth, air and three dimensionality of a great analog recording and put up with a few pops, ticks, rumble and hiss any day.
Neil Young said it best maybe 25 years ago. Analog, he said, is like soothing water rushing over you. Digital is like ice cubes falling on your head.
EDIT EDIT - BACK ON TOPIC: If you re-read my post, djlong, you will see I was arguing for the marketing and human engineering superiority of MP3s over either CDs or vinyl, and that how Mitsubishi was foolish pushing their belief that rear projection DLP was superior. In the quiet of my living room I can appreciate vinyl but in the real world, I know the battle is lost. MP3s won. So have flat screen televisions.
Edited by Carl Spock, 09 December 2012 - 08:41 AM.