The maximum dynamic range we can put on a vinyl record is around 60 dB. CD (16bit), on the other hand, can achieve 96 dB dynamic range. The dynamic range of human hearing is roughly 140 dB. The dynamic range of music as normally perceived in a concert hall doesn't exceed 80 dB, and human speech is normally perceived over a range of about 40 dB. Is this correct information? I took these numbers from wikipedia... so I don't really know how reliable this information is. So, according to these numbers, is vinyl really bad to reproduce acceptable dynamic range in recorded music? Or is it a non-issue because maybe most existing "comercial" recordings don't really need anymore than 60 dB for accurate playback? In pratical terms, what can we say about the real benefits of 96 dB from CD over the 60dB from vinyl? Is this something we can perceive everyday? How many CD's out there actually take any advantage from their increases theoretical dynamic range? I'm trying to understand what is the main issue with Dynamic Range... I'm starting to think it is much more an academic and theorical issue. I've been listening to vinyl for the last year and I can't really say I agree that Dynamic Range is a major problem for vinyl, compared with CD. Actually, in my experience, I have more problems with Dynamic Range when listening to CD's than with vinyl records... So, what's going on with this Dynamic Range difference and how much does it really matter? Maybe our domestic listening enviroment, our audio systems at home, can't really take advantage of the increased dynamic range from CD's?