ASK THE EDITOR: Vinyl or Digital replay?

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Michael Vronsky asks:

Neil – at heart, are you a vinyl man, or a digital replay man?

Well I'm afraid I am a digital replay man. I don't deny the beauty that can be obtained from vinyl with enough bucks behind it. I suppose with classical music I have to say that a terrible mistake was made at the beginning where you start your music at the outside.

What?

Ah, sorry. Yes … the outside grooves of a vinyl record is where the maximum potential for dynamics exists. However, with classical music at least, the greatest dynamics are at the end of the piece and therefore the inner grooves. Most things end with crashing symbols and things at the end where you are at the worst quality end of and LP. This was a tactical error. Wankers. I have to say I am also influenced by the enormous convenience of a CD, so I'm really a CD person.

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