Reggie Watts Explains Why Records Sound Better | Joe Rogan


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  • Amarant Coral
    Amarant Coral  2 weeks back

    Placebo effect.

    • StillCloser
      StillCloser  1 months back

      Nonsense !!!

      • Adan Cota Juarez
        Adan Cota Juarez  1 months back

        With newly bought speakers, you have to "burn" them in just playing music all day long even longer.

        • Nothing Nothing
          Nothing Nothing  1 months back

          Vinyl made me start smoking again cause goddamn it’s stressful putting that needle on that record and hoping it doesn’t scratch but the pay off when Janis Joplin starts screaming take another little piece of my heart is all worth it

          • JohnsRadios
            JohnsRadios  2 months back

            This guy knows he’s stuff. Who is he? Reggie Watts gotta research him.

            • mariem
              mariem  2 months back

              Joe was burnt that day - must've partied HARRRRRRRRD the night before

              • Emmanuel Goldstein
                Emmanuel Goldstein  3 months back

                Hear me now, believe me later! 
                There are two reasons why analog sounds better than digital. LP reproduction has two inherent and significant advantages over digital. From a sound "reproduction" perspective, the LP in particular reproduces sound using two fundamental and natural laws of the physical universe and engineering.
                1.     The process of sound wave production involves the creation of vibrational energy from a source, which in turn excites sympathetic reactions [in this case "resonances"] in physical matter both autonomous and/or connected mechanically to the source. Think of vocal chords, instrument strings, ringing bells, and all sources of sound - they vibrate and excite the air around them. [I could get really esoteric by expanding this theory to the metaphysical, but I will stop here] The physical and mechanical nature of a phonographic cartridge and other transducers embodies this principal.
                2.     The goal of reproductive technology is "fidelity" across all scientific fields. To achieve this goal, most engineers usually seek to replicate or use as much of the source’s technology as possible – materials and components - for reproduction. This should bolster reproduction fidelity. All recordings, pre-digital 1977/78 and many thereafter, were recorded on magnetic tape. A phonographic cartridge also employs the same technology; fundamentally, the production and manipulation of magnetic fields to excite/cause a physical reaction [or transformation] to physical matter both autonomous and/or connected mechanically to the source. In this way, LP preproduction is similar to the recording source – tape and tape deck. Moving coil, Moving Magnet, Moving Iron – same principle, same technology
                I believe reason number one is also why even digital recordings sound better when played back on LP.  
                Digital playback has come a long way, but can it ever achieve a similar fidelity to analog?
                LP playback is not perfect; but done right, from a fidelity perspective it comes tantalizingly close.  This is also why there is nothing better than a master tape played back on the deck of origin or one of similar design/technology.

                • Mike P
                  Mike P  3 months back

                  it doesn't sound better. do some blind listening tests with vinyl, cd and some itunes tracks. i would bet anyone who isn't trained to hear a difference will not hear it.

                  • stvlu733
                    stvlu733  3 months back

                    I hear that if you have a DJ turntable that plays records backwards at
                    half speed and a digital output to your PC and play the LP then sound
                    file backwards to play it normally you get whole new sound dimension to
                    vinyl. This is also a good way restore sound to damaged LP's and
                    45's. It's like playing a whole new record.

                    • Jonny Walker
                      Jonny Walker  3 months back

                      I don't think there's a format the sounds better than another. It's all about personal preference

                      • Larks Tongues In Aspic
                        Larks Tongues In Aspic  4 months back

                        I'm a huge vinyl fan and I love collecting it. But seriously nothing beats high Res digital files in terms of quality. It's absurd to say vinyl has higher quality, just look at the numbers and you'll see digital high res FLAC files have way much higher clarity. Without surface noise. But vinyl is a much more engaging and enjoyable experience.

                        • Paul Cassidy
                          Paul Cassidy  4 months back

                          A lot of people giving way too much of a shit how other people spend their money in these here comments.

                          My $0.02: the audio quality debate aside the biggest reason for me why vinyl beats other formats is because listening to a record is an event. Like, you can go out, buy a couple of new records, and invite your music nerd friends over to listen to them and it's a thing. Listening to music on Youtube or Spotify or what-have-you just isn't the same. If you're really into music vinyl gives the music you're listening to a physical priority in a way other formats can't.

                          • axonassault
                            axonassault  4 months back

                            Don't mean to burst your bubble, but the amount of incorrectness that starts around 3:40 is a little disheartening. Vinyl degrades with each and every play. Is it noticeable? Not right away. But it's a hard material (needle) scraping up against a softer material (vinyl), wear occurs immediately. FLAC files are not encoded at 128 or 96 KHz. FLAC isn't encoded at any bitrate because FLAC is a lossless __compression__ format. The digitizing where the sampling rate means something happens at the underlying file that's being compressed (think WAV or AIF). And for post-mastered material, you need nothing past 16 bit, 44.1KHz. 16 bits is ample room to express the quietest of quiets to the loudest of the louds. And 44.1KHz captures every frequency the human ear can possibly hear. Don't believe me, believe the science. Here's a good primer

                            • axonassault
                              axonassault  3 months back

                              @Mike P FLAC files in and of themselves do not have a sampling rate or a bit depth. [from wikipedia] They can compress any file that uses integer samples, any bit depth between 4 and 32 bits, and any sample rate between 1Hz and 65,535KHz in 1Hz increments or 10Hz to 655,350Hz in 10Hz increments.
                              Again, my point is FLAC files are not encoded at a sample rate. They have limits to what the can compress based on the source material. Subtle but important difference.

                            • Mike P
                              Mike P  3 months back

                              That's incorrect. FLAC files do have a finite bitrate depending on their bit depth and sampling rate. For example, FLAC created from a CD is still 1411kbps when you play it back (16-bit, 44.1khz PCM).

                          • Jon Ruger
                            Jon Ruger  4 months back

                            This is some hipster bullshit

                            • Heinzkitz Velvet
                              Heinzkitz Velvet  4 months back

                              I gotta say, even with, super inexpensive, LG Music Flow, WiFi speakers, the Bill Evans Trio is *_THE BUSINESS!!!!!_* 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

                              IT SOUNDS AMAZING!

                              • skatechatham
                                skatechatham  4 months back

                                Don't forget to have a room with good acoustics.

                                • aa bbb
                                  aa bbb  4 months back

                                  he doesn't explain how or why vinyl will "sound better" than anything else. they don't put master recordings on anything else? he even admits it degrades after a few uses. and vinyls are NOTORIOUS for the static on them. sounds better my ass

                                  • Ivan Ivanov
                                    Ivan Ivanov  4 months back

                                    I get high just by watching them... idk if they even remembered what they've been talking about through the show

                                    • Cary Rumley
                                      Cary Rumley  4 months back

                                      I mean, this just isn't an opinion. It's simple facts. More file compression leads to shittier outputs. Directly pressing to vinyl is about the least amount of file compression you can get in a recording that isn't coming right from it's source, hence it sounds better (in theory, obviously a shit condition vinyl is going to sound like shit, the drawback of the medium).

                                      • redscarabstudios
                                        redscarabstudios  4 months back

                                        Reggie is in over his head on this subject. Vinyl requires MORE processing than a digital release... with vinyl the bass frequencies are limited and compressed and the entire dynamic range is reduced... people simply think vinyl sounds better because it is more compressed.

                                        • Anthony Visco
                                          Anthony Visco  4 months back


                                          • Steve Kenton
                                            Steve Kenton  4 months back

                                            It was the pot that did it.

                                            • Smart Ass
                                              Smart Ass  4 months back

                                              Vinyl has physical limitations such as low frequencies and high
                                              frequencies. The needle is a fixed size and if the frequencies are low
                                              the needle can bounce off the grove and cause sound loss. Also the same
                                              apples for high frequencies. The needle can't physically fit in the
                                              grove causing sound loss. So now you know the truth.

                                              • Smart Ass
                                                Smart Ass  4 months back

                                                Vinyl has physical limitations such as low frequencies and high
                                                frequencies. The needle is a fixed size and if the frequencies are low
                                                the needle can bounce off the grove and cause sound loss. Also the same
                                                apples for high frequencies. The needle can't physically fit in the
                                                grove causing sound loss. So now you know the truth.

                                                • Skibble5150
                                                  Skibble5150  4 months back

                                                  24-bit 96-khz FLACs there Reggie!

                                                  • Swetty Spaghtti
                                                    Swetty Spaghtti  4 months back

                                                    Best version of music is...... live music. Dude just samples shit. Gay

                                                    • Morgan Childs
                                                      Morgan Childs  4 months back

                                                      This guy does not know anything about vinyl. Nothing. Zero.

                                                      • Morgan Childs
                                                        Morgan Childs  4 months back

                                                        "He presses play..."
                                                        Two minutes later
                                                        "What medium was it?"
                                                        "It was vinyl."

                                                        Um... nobody who listens to vinyl would ever say "presses play".

                                                        • Morgan Childs
                                                          Morgan Childs  4 months back

                                                          "I had this amazing experience where I can recall every single detail except for the album that was on or the musicians who played on the shit... nah, none of that matters, all that matters was that I was stoned and it sounded good." GTFOH.

                                                          • Matthew Bryant
                                                            Matthew Bryant  4 months back

                                                            Rick Rubin was mastering albums in someones car when he was making records out of Weinstein at nyu; he'd mix it, make a tape and go out to his friends car and listen and go back and tweek back in the dorm studio

                                                            • Tim Armstrong
                                                              Tim Armstrong  4 months back

                                                              Records sound better because you’re justifying the $26 you just blew.

                                                              • Eric Widder
                                                                Eric Widder  4 months back

                                                                I have a 2k Polk Audio system with 5.1 surround and an Onkyo receiver with a Stanton record player with a nice cartridge and needle on it. Unfortunately, you gotta put in the money for a good sound system if you want a record to be recognizably better than other digital formats. WORTH IT.

                                                                • Heinzkitz Velvet
                                                                  Heinzkitz Velvet  4 months back

                                                                  Downloading Bill Evans Trio - Waltz For Debby {DSD LP rip file} right now. Gonna convert it to 24/192kHz FLAC file and check it out.

                                                                  • Heinzkitz Velvet
                                                                    Heinzkitz Velvet  4 months back

                                                                    He mentioned FLAC files. Which are awesome, but, if you don't build those files yourself, usually from a DSD file ripped directly from vinyl, you have no control over bit/kHz rates.

                                                                    I've taken to downloading DSD vinyl rip files, then converting them myself to 24/192kHz. Alas, I don't have a half million dollar HiFi. Just 14 LG Music Flow WiFi speakers all over the house and garage. They can accept that signal, how truly they are reproducing it, I'm certain, is never going to match anything of real quality. But, they're what I have and I really do enjoy listening to them. Especially the vinyl rips, because I get all the pops and cracks of vinyl, reproduced in digital form.

                                                                    • Racerdew
                                                                      Racerdew  4 months back

                                                                      props to the music shop guy choosing bill evans to blow his friends minds!

                                                                      • fretbuzz59
                                                                        fretbuzz59  4 months back

                                                                        Except that he didn't explain it AT ALL.

                                                                        • Paul B
                                                                          Paul B  4 months back

                                                                          People in the comments using the word 'vinyls' really grinds my gears. Just like the people who say Legos. Grrrrrrrrr

                                                                          • Axlerod Horowitz
                                                                            Axlerod Horowitz  4 months back

                                                                            YouTube video recommendation: Wavestream V8

                                                                            I help build them in the 90s, the last pair of monoblocks sold a few years ago for $65K(a pair)

                                                                            • xdarnokx
                                                                              xdarnokx  4 months back

                                                                              Hair is a spectrum!

                                                                              • ROOKTABULA
                                                                                ROOKTABULA  4 months back

                                                                                Towers are just penis compensation gear for show offs. 2 primo bookshelf's and a matched, tunable sub if all you need

                                                                                • KEVIN PIASTRA: COMEDIAN
                                                                                  KEVIN PIASTRA: COMEDIAN  4 months back

                                                                                  This is important.

                                                                                  • Daniel Robichaud
                                                                                    Daniel Robichaud  4 months back

                                                                                    Everybody go read Katakoufte Noise
                                                                                    's explanation in this thread of digital vs. analog sound quality. It sets the record (haaaa) straight on a number of things Reggie gets wrong here. Good info.

                                                                                    • Not_My_Name
                                                                                      Not_My_Name  4 months back

                                                                                      Reggie has a coke nail.

                                                                                      • Daveinet
                                                                                        Daveinet  4 months back

                                                                                        This is what you have when someone thinks they are an audiofile, but yet have no clue what they are talking about. His mind is playing tricks on him. Like the engineer who tweaks the EQ, gets it dialed in, and then realizes he grabbed the EQ on the wrong channel. You mind will make you think you are hearing what you expect to hear.

                                                                                        Its a simple fact, vinyl has an enormous amount of modulated noise. The needle sliding against the plastic makes its own sound, which is then modulated by the waves cut into the surface. That is distortion. Tell yourself there is something special about vinyl and you will hear what you think. But if you actually listen, you can hear what is not in the original raw instruments, playing in a room.

                                                                                        • Jim Battiston
                                                                                          Jim Battiston  4 months back

                                                                                          So Fucking COOL Joe one of your best podcasts. Music to my ears !!

                                                                                          • Another Ideaman
                                                                                            Another Ideaman  4 months back

                                                                                            Bla de bla de bla bla

                                                                                            • Vici Milen
                                                                                              Vici Milen  4 months back

                                                                                              Another video comment on the subject cited even the curve used for mastering vinyl thet makes it different from CD. It was written by a guy who earned his money on this. Not to mention that the vinyl is pressed in analogue, but the recording is made digitally. So this interview is bullshit. Also they didn't even know that it is Willson Audio and Alexandria is the model. Whatever. Oh-wow don't impresses me much when technical stuff is discussed. And Car audio has nothing to do with the enclosures of the speakers, rather with the positioning and with the background noise.

                                                                                              • xburgos1
                                                                                                xburgos1  4 months back

                                                                                                Burn in is completely a true statement. Especially in electronics.
                                                                                                Amazing interview