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Old 29th November 2004, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default VHS vs CD quality

How come I get such good audio quality from VHS tapes and the bulk of my CD collection, in comparison, sounds like crap?
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Old 29th November 2004, 07:35 AM   #2
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VHS HI Fi is completely analog ... frequency modulation.
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Old 29th November 2004, 03:25 PM   #3
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Old 29th November 2004, 03:46 PM   #4
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How can anyone comment upon such a general observation? What is the cd player? Something nice? A diy effort; a $50 piece of junk? To me they all sound bad in one way or another and that's why i only listen to cds in the car. A nice analogue tape deck certainly sounds better; why not a VHS?
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Old 29th November 2004, 04:20 PM   #5
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The CD player is a Marantz CD63SE but I get the same results with other CD players.

To my ears, a CD is like a table radio in comparison to what comes off a VHS tape. The difference is HUGE. Is the CD format inherently that bad?

I wan't to throw all my CDs in the recycle bin but I don't want to give up my music.

I'm wondering if anyone could make an educated comment regarding the quality of vinyl vs VHS for analog only material.
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Old 30th November 2004, 07:34 AM   #6
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I also use a stereo VHS machine for recording music! Though just for general use, instead of cassettes...

Anyway, what are you recording onto the vhs? vinyl? or your own recordings?
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Old 30th November 2004, 07:54 AM   #7
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Old 30th November 2004, 08:36 AM   #8
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Do you buy music on tape, or how do you get it onto tape in the first place?

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Old 30th November 2004, 02:18 PM   #9
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Hi-Fi VHS can acheive 90 dB dynamic range and SNR figures, and it is completely analog, so there's no mystery as to why it sounds good. It is recorded using a helical recording head travelling across the surface of the tape faster than any traditional (linear) tape recorder. Remember that these heads and tapes also record and play back video with over 2 MHz bandwidth. Audio is no challenge.

Have you tried other CD players? They don't all do an equivalent job of reconstructing a clean analog signal from an over-quantized digital one.
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Old 30th November 2004, 02:37 PM   #10
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I have been use Hi8 for my most my recording, i think it sound very very good, you can record in LP you almost get 18hrs in one tape which much smaller than VHS.
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