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Old 02-16-2018, 08:12 AM
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An unbiased site for sure .

I would suggest Steve Hoffman forums as others have....
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Old 02-28-2018, 03:20 PM
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If you've got a dialed-in vinyl rig and like the way it sounds, why not?

For me, I like the added distortion I get by playing digitally mastered vinyl. That, and the added inconvenience makes it a no-brainer.

Seriously, though, there is a certain enjoyment to be gained in the ritual of playing a vinyl record compared to playing a digital file. It doesn't have anything to do with the sound though.

If I hadn't been playing vinyl for 50 years and put together and uber-tweaked vinyl rig, there is no way I would start now. Modern DAC's are so good they eclipse all but the very best analog mastered vinyl.

My 5 year old son said it best: "Dad, could you play one of those big black CD's?"

Sure.
I still smile when I read this post...True and yet very witty.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:50 AM
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I enjoyed reading this thread. Many of the opinions people have voiced here are exactly how I feel.

If I take my best vinyl recordings and compare them to the best digital, there’s no question in my mind that the vinyl wins. However, every recording is different! That’s why I like having both an analog rig as well as a full digital one.

Any time I buy new music, I research online which version sounds the best and buy that version!
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:29 PM
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Done well, vinyl is more expensive.
Done right, vinyl is more work,

Vinyl abides because it sounds better - a lot better.
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:34 PM
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Done well, vinyl is more expensive.
Done right, vinyl is more work,

Vinyl abides because it sounds better - a lot better.
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:56 AM
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What's the point of listening to vinyl that was mastered from digital? Not only are you missing out on the whole point of listening to analog in the first place but chances are, with all the variables that go into setting up a great sounding vinyl rig, your final result is worse than it would be if you listened to that same music in digital.


Serge...

In theory I would agree with you. Makes no sense to listen to a vinyl that was digitally mastered.
In practice it is an other story.
I keep buying lots of vinyls and at least in France, the vinyl departments get bigger everyday.
In my system, most vinyls even mastered from digital sound "better" to me than the digital file even with HD recordings. I do not know precisely what is going on. Maybe the special sound "massage" is given by the Koetsu Urushi Vermillion. A bit like what happens with Shindo electronics. It is not really "better" to speak precisely. It is more involving, it attracts you deeper in the listening. It transforms the experience of listening to music into a deeply focused meditation.
To speak simply : nothing in my system is more musical than the Verdier with the Koetsu cartridge. No matter if the vinyl is a pure analog one or not.
Maybe you will hear it one day !
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I generally agree that my favorite LP's were definitely analog masters. That said one LP I own and really enjoy is Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries and it is definitely mastered from digital and the LP for sure sounds better than any digital file I've heard of that recording. No idea why and for sure there are many digital mastered LP's that are trash but I can't say its always true for sure. Depends on the recording and the mastering process.

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Default How does vinyl compare to HD digital?

“How does vinyl compares to HD digital?”

I think that the answer requires categorization in terms of price range and it should not be limited to HD sources.

Based on my recent experience, a $5k dollars digital front end that can upsample and convert all sources to DSD512 can outperform an analog set up of the same price. And I am not talking about playing HD files only. My 16/44 music coming from Tidal or regular (ripped) CDs and played in DSD 512 sound better than my LPs.

I do not know at which price point analog is better than digital. But given what I have experienced, I personally see no reason or need to spend more money on my analog gear or any reason to buy expensive HD files either.

Today’s digital is not the same digital of 10 years ago. Paraphrasing the Oldsmobile commercial: This is not your father’s digital.

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