This is what I mean by basically equivalent. Not only is my equipment not top of the line, but even if it was, I don't think my ears are good enough. I do think there are some people who have very discerning hearing, but I think these people tend to end up musicians or at the very least audiophiles. The average listener, like me, couldn't really tell the difference.
On the other hand, I can tell the difference between CD and other formats. Cassettes and MP3s don't sound good enough to me.
I think most musicians wouldn't tell the difference either. I think vinyl has the slight advantage if you consider both formats at their best, but at the end of the day it's always gonna depend on the quality of the specific recording. Loudness war era CDs can sound horrible but LPs aren't the most consistent format either, especially with newer music. Then there's the whole audio setup you're using, which can favor either one, and, yeah. CDs are good.
I was mostly a MP3 guy until recently. Thought MP3 320kbps was the best thing you could get, anything beyond that was just being pointlessly fickle about barely any difference in audio quality. Then a couple months ago I bought this awesome headphone, and decided to check out some FLAC files to see if there was any difference. Holy damn yeah lol.
You mean skipping or cutting out with CDs? It can't sound bad, it's full on or full off with digital :p (Perhaps with a bad player with lousy error correction) I only have one CD (out of many many) that skips in one place, I bought a new copy. Not sure how you scratch CDs if you take good care of them? Crappy player?
Yeah, skipping, cutting out, all that stuff. Let's just say CD players in cars weren't designed for south american road quality but man sometimes I'll leave a CD in its case for ages and when I get back to it it's got scratches. I don't know. But yeah LP durability is probably worse if you don't take super good care of them.
It's gonna be a long while before I can have a surround sound system as my "default" player, so for the foreseeable future I'm very much staying in the stereo realm. Family car is still stuck in the CDs too, so I'm not gonna get too ahead of myself for now.