Sorry to double post, but does anyone know what bit the new Mobile Fidelity gold CD's are? Are they 16-bit or 24-bit?
MoFi's CDs, as previously stated, are 16-bit, becasue if they were not, they would A not meet the CDDA standard (which may or may not be lumped into ISO 9660), and so not play in any CD player on earth, and B hold only 40-50 minutes of audio, which is kinda impractical.
MoFi's CDs only sound better in a better CD player that has an accurate enough timebase, precise enough disc transport, and quick enough DAC to read and paly every frame. CD players are time-priority rather than accuracy-priority drives, meaning they're more concerned with getting the audio out the door than getting it perfect, and will throw away frames to allow this. So, when you play a CD in a player that cost you less than ~$1000, you're only hearing 95% or so of all the audio on the disc, which is again not capturing the whole audio waveform because of the nature of PCM digital audio encoding. In this area, vinyl still and possibly always will triumph, because barring skips and pops (which aren't hard to avoid if you take care
of your vinyl), they reproduce 100% of the audio that was put on them in the first place.
Talio: the data on CDs is not compressed in any way. It's full-bandwidth 16/44.1k PCM.