I want to build a music collection based on older and new releases. Mainly rock , pop, alternative.
I tested the Nad CD player connected with the Mojo versus the Nad CD alone. With levels matched, they sound different, but one is not better. Maybe if I played a well recorded jazz CD , the better sound would be revealed. The Nad sounds relaxed, a touch warm. The Mojo is forward, neutral, revealing. ...
...Which brings up a related issue and question. If most rock, pop, is recorded and mastered at a poor to average quality, then wouldn’t a mid-level affordable System like Nad with PSB sound better than a High-end, very Revealing expensive System?
BANDCAMP. Do you find your digital downloads sound as good as CD ?
FORMAT-AGNOSTIC. That’s a killer phrase. I might get that on a T-shirt. It’s true, new viny is expensive. Which is why one has to take the decision to go Vinyl seriously. Everything about analog can become expensive.
I prefer to purchase music as well. iTunes is simple, easy, and has most music. If iTunes and Apple Music can sound as smooth and full as LP and CD the decision to go Streaming would be easy.
WHAT I FEEL IS MISSING FROM MY CURRENT SYSTEM:
1. All the things reviewers go on about...huge depth of soundstage, flesh and blood presence , instruments having their own space. Are these things myths? Or are they only found on Jazz, Classical recordings?
2. Poor recordings are not enjoyable. Should a source with tubes be considered? Or an amp more on the warm side of neutral?