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In Reply to: RE: Hi, Ozzy. I don't want to see vinyl Old Believers hasten the CD into an early grave. posted by the old school on May 12, 2012 at 23:23:51
I've roasted and sold hundred of pounds of coffee and same here for the coffee,, the people that want it ground kind of blows my mind , but a sale is a sale I guess.
Anyone too lazy to use the superior medium in their "review" of a component would be quickly fired if I was the boss. That would cover 50%+ of Stereophile's "reviewers", including JA (whose "reference" speakers would seem to be the highly colored BBC LS3/5a speakers: a huge mid-bass hump and rolled off highs. But, yes, they are made in England, so that explains a lot.
I wouldn't call analog superior anymore. I was a died in the wool analog junky for over 35 years, but recently found that digital done right can be even better in some ways.
I repeat: in what ways is digital superior to analogue?
I'd give you a detailed description of why I prefer digital, but you'd just tell me I haven't heard good analog playback. Sorry i've been going down this road for years now, it's a waist of time.
Our audio club is split just about 50-50 as to which each prefers, instead of respecting what others like the battle rages on at every listening session, I just sit back and chuckle, it's like watching a small dog run around in circles chasing it's tail.
You may as well get used of the fact that some prefer analog, some prefer digital, thats the way it is, thats the way it will always be and you won't convince either of anything different.
I favor blind tests, long term tests. I remember at the CAS 2010 show, in one room they played several digital versions of Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby". Yes, each higher res digital version was superior. As it happened, I had a vinyl record of "Waltz for Debby" and got them to play the same cut. The analogue was so superior to the highest digital version that several listeners broke out in laughter! Better micro and macro dynamics, detail, and, of course, tonality. Music is, and always will be, analogue. Digital systems have to convert that original analogue sound to digital bits, and, then, after manipulating those bits in trillions of ways, have to reconvert those bits back to analogue (as real, live humans only hear analogue)!!! What a waste of time! My favorite room at the CAS 2011 was using analogue tape as a source. This was in the Sonist room, where the total cost of the system was quite modest!
As we all know by now, A single test in one system means very little. What were the components used?
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