Reggie Watts Explains Why Records Sound Better | Joe Rogan

  • Published: 10 July 2019
  • Taken from JRE #1322 w/Reggie Watts:

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  • Mike P
    Mike P  6 days 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

        • Larks' Tongues In Aspic

          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  3 weeks 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  3 weeks 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  4 days 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  6 days 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 weeks back

              This is some hipster bullshit

              • Heinzkitz Velvet
                Heinzkitz Velvet  4 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                  • aa bbb
                    aa bbb  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back


                            • Steve Kenton
                              Steve Kenton  4 weeks back

                              It was the pot that did it.

                              • Smart Ass
                                Smart Ass  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

                                    24-bit 96-khz FLACs there Reggie!

                                    • Swetty Spaghtti
                                      Swetty Spaghtti  4 weeks back

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

                                      • Morgan Childs
                                        Morgan Childs  4 weeks back

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

                                        • Morgan Childs
                                          Morgan Childs  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                                                • Eric Widder
                                                  Eric Widder  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                                                        • fretbuzz59
                                                          fretbuzz59  4 weeks back

                                                          Except that he didn't explain it AT ALL.

                                                          • Paul B
                                                            Paul B  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

                                                                Hair is a spectrum!

                                                                • ROOKTABULA
                                                                  ROOKTABULA  4 weeks 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

                                                                    This is important.

                                                                    • Daniel Robichaud
                                                                      Daniel Robichaud  4 weeks 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 weeks back

                                                                        Reggie has a coke nail.

                                                                        • Daveinet
                                                                          Daveinet  4 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                                                                            • Another Ideaman
                                                                              Another Ideaman  4 weeks back

                                                                              Bla de bla de bla bla

                                                                              • Vici Milen
                                                                                Vici Milen  4 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • xburgos1
                                                                                    xburgos1  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Wilson audio and the owner recently dies, Mr Wilson is credited with bringing high end crazy expensive to The Audiophyle world.

                                                                                    • Francisco Gallardo
                                                                                      Francisco Gallardo  1 months back

                                                                                      I buy vinyl because I want to pass down my favorite music to my family after I pass someday. My Spotify playlists just wouldn't have the same feel. "Check my Spotify profile, Son"

                                                                                      • Bob Sacamano
                                                                                        Bob Sacamano  1 months back

                                                                                        The short answer to why vinyl sounds better is because of its dynamic range. Reggie was talking out his ass. He said vinyl sounds better because it is closer to what was mastered in the studio. That's not an explanation at all, just a tautology.

                                                                                        • Z W
                                                                                          Z W  1 months back

                                                                                          Joe is too stoned to move

                                                                                          • Tunti Turpaan
                                                                                            Tunti Turpaan  1 months back

                                                                                            Speakers and room acoustics matter a lot, the rest of the equipment not so much. Also vinyl is inferior compared to lossless digital formats as far as audio fidelity goes, but some people still prefer vinyl sound and the whole experience of collecting and handling something tangible rather than just bits on a device.

                                                                                            • Tunti Turpaan
                                                                                              Tunti Turpaan  4 weeks back

                                                                                              @alarmclockscreams Standard speaker cables can transfer the signal without introducing any audible distortion. Standard amplifiers can amplify the signal without introducing any audible distortion, as long as they have enough power to drive the speakers (which isn't much in most circumstances). What is it that you need high end cables and amplifiers for exactly? In order for them to sound any more warm or transparent or other such audio review confirmation bias adjective, they would have to modify the signal, i.e. introduce distortion, which would actually make them worse from audio purist point of view. The reason people are impressed when they go to a demo room and listen to a system is not because of the $10k amp or the $2k suspended speaker wires, it's because of the good room acoustics and quality speakers which have been carefully placed and angled correctly for the listening position.

                                                                                            • alarmclockscreams
                                                                                              alarmclockscreams  1 months back

                                                                                              Tunti Turpaan The amplifier and quality cables are also pretty important. If you have great speakers, the weakness of your other components will show. And certain records sound better than some digital recordings and vice versa depending on how they were mastered.

                                                                                          • Niall Newman
                                                                                            Niall Newman  1 months back

                                                                                            AAAIIII HAVE IT ALL!! 🤣

                                                                                            • Kermit
                                                                                              Kermit  1 months back

                                                                                              Yes there is a burn in period on all high quality speakers. Speakers are too stiff when new.