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Thanks for sharing, on the vinyl market I dont consider vinyl are well, most current recordings are made in digital format not in a analog tape, what prevent they to sound warm and natural in vynil, even worse is that most vynil reissues editions are made not from a digital master but from a regular silver disc CD itself, the same sold to the public for less cost, but vinyl lovers dont know it.
Who doesn't recall when CDs came out?Greatest thing ever, no more clicks, pops, skips, tape hiss...Then I got a real vinyl set up and back to spinning records for me.
..., digital has surpassed vinyl in both specifications and overall sound (IMHO).
Up until the mid to late 90's, I would agree vinyl was more pleasant sounding. However, once engineers worked out how to master recordings in the digital domain, digital has surpassed vinyl in both specifications and overall sound (IMHO).
Well, in specifications, digital outdid analog from day one. Most people would probably agree that specs don't tell the entire story though, and some early digital recordings didn't sound so great (Chick Corea Akoustic Band being one example of nearly unlistenable early digital), but to me, the best modern digitally mastered recordings far surpass the best that can be pulled out of a storage medium invented by Thomas Edison. (I am aware that this might put me in the audiophile minority, but it's my experience.) The clarity and transparency of good digital makes all but the very best vinyl playback sound downright murky to me. I will admit that I'm just not willing to put up with all the setup, maintenance, tweaking, etc etc though, and, whatever floats your boat. As long as you are enjoying your music, all is well.
... Vinyl surface noise, pops, and clicks were always like finger nails on chalk board to me, so after literally dropping my nice turntable in the mid 80's I jumped fully into digital ...
Had been building a "digital ready" system since the late 70s anticipating the increased dynamic range of CDs. Vinyl surface noise, pops, and clicks were always like finger nails on chalk board to me, so after literally dropping my nice turntable in the mid 80's I jumped fully into digital having already owned a CDP and never looked back. Tossed the broken turntable away, replaced what vinyl I could with CDs and donated the vinyl albums to the local public radio station. Now I listen to ripped CDs and stream Tidal. Tried hi-res but wasn't impressed, the quality of the recording process is much more important. Have heard good vinyl, but it's hit or miss on that nasty vinyl surface noise and prices are high. With CD streaming available there's no point in wasting time scrounging pawn shops, garage sales, etc. for old CDs that around here are in poor condition and of unwanted music. But have held on to a couple of those early un-audiophile "guilty pleasure" CDs to use for auditioning gear as I don't want to be punished for listening to favorites. Yes Steve, DAC's technology has and is advancing very quickly. Ten year old DACs are like 70 years old in dog years, making it nearly pointless to buy used DACs.BTW solid state was king even in the 70's.
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