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 Post subject: RSD 2018
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:11 pm 
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50th Anniversary mono WOIIFTM Picture Disc and TR Something / Anything on colored vinyl w/ 45

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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:10 am 
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I was disappointed to learn that picture discs actually have inferior sound quality...

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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:39 am 
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Yes, Picture Discs have a marginally worse sound than black vinyl. Most agree that it is most noticeable during the pauses between songs. So, if those pauses are a big priority for ya, well, there ya go.
But, I have no concern with that. I can enjoy cassettes and other lossy formats. I rarely have the luxury of dedicating time to listening to flawless recordings under pristine conditions. It is more of a question of which lossy format is most useful for the environment at hand. For the environment of hanging out at a party, a picture disc is perfect, while an "audiophile" version is not much different to the party-goers than a picture disc.
I suppose for a person who listens to vinyl through headphones, this is a bit more of a concern, but that isn't me either. I listen to headphones when I record audio, when I travel and sometimes at work; none of those setups include vinyl. Other than that it is all speakers all the time. So, if the noise-floor is a bit higher for one vinyl over another, it is not a big deal as long as the master itself is decent. That level of noise is fine in a windy car, around a splashing kitchen sink or in a chatty office. Sure, it could be distracting in the control room of a pro studio, but few have access to those environments anyway.
Still, some people read that the picture disc headroom is not equivalent to black vinyl and that's all they need to know. Oh, well.

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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
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Thanks for the thoughtful elucidation, as usual. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
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When it works.

When it works, it's often much worse...

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 Post subject: Re: RSD 2018
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:16 pm 
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As I understand it, coloured and clear vinyl tends to be softer and thus deteriorates faster than black vinyl (speaking generally). So the current trend of pumping out coloured vinyl for re-issues and RSD - apart from usually being Limited Edition anyway - is further 'manufactured scarcity'.

In the case of picture discs, clear vinyl is sandwiching a printed image. I've owned a picture disc that was so badly pressed that, brand new, the stylus was cutting through the groove to the cardboard/paper beneath - and so just played a noisy hiss. (It was the 20th Anniversary picture disc of The Beatles' 'Lady Madonna', from the late 80s. I was too poor then to keep it; took it back to the shop and exchanged it, paying a hefty difference, for a live 7" bootleg of Bowie Glass Spider press conference live performances with his touring band. The disc was called 'Press to Play'. I still have that.)


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