Ok Lp vs. Recorded CD part one. I kept this first go round simple and only did two tracks recorded at 44.1khz and 16-bit. The first cut was "Captain of her heart" by Double, I chose this because of it's simple but big airy sound and excellent detail. The second track was " Don't let me be misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda, I chose this one because of the excellent acoustic guitar work, the horn section and there's a lot going on in this track but great detail. I did this recording using my Alesis ML-9600 digital recorder hooked up to my "secret system" which includes my Urei 1620 music mixer, Carver PM-600, Denon DP-DJ101 turntables, Stanton Groovemaster cartridges, Urei 5547 eq's(not in the recording loop) and Cerwin Vega 39P's upgraded with JBL woofers and tweeters.
At first listen, I have to agree with Rabbit they sound the same. I played the cd first then went back to the lp. Then I spent some time with the tracks (over a hour). I started to feel there were differences so what I did was start the record and the cd at the same time so they were playing together and switched back and forth between the two. On "Captain of her heart" the sound didn't seem quite as transparent. The piano notes were not quite as clean and the highs seemed to have a hard edge, not smooth like on the lp. This was actually a small difference but it was there. Moving over to "Don't let me be misunderstood, the difference stood out more. The horn section was not as "up front" on the cd as on the lp. The horns on this record are loud, bright and in your face, they get pushed back on the cd. While still sounding good the cd just didn't have the life of the LP. The acoustic guitars were pretty good on the cd, but the lp had a more real sound. So much for round one.
Next up I will do some recordings at 16-bit and 48khz, then 88.2khz , then 96khz, go to 20-bit at all four sample rates and finally 24-bit at all four sample rates. Then I will move the Alesis ML-9600 from my secret system to my main system and start all over. My main system should be a lot more "revealing". I will also listen to the cd's on my Carver SD/A-390t. Stay tuned!!!