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In Reply to: RE: Reviewers with LP - how many are there ? posted by J. Phelan on March 03, 2017 at 18:48:26
Do you think there is a lack of reviews of new tt's/arms/cartridges/phono stages? Certainly doesn't seem like it to me. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a review of any of those where the reviewer doesn't have another tt/arm/cart./phono stage to use in a comparison.
Does using LP's in the course of reviewing, say, an amp make the review(er) any more credible to you?
I doubt the majority of AA inmates still own and regularly listen to vinyl. Despite the "vinyl revival" sales of records are still tiny compared to digital music. The overwhelming majority of new releases are not analog and are not released as LP's.
I don't find it surprising at all that fewer reviewers own/use vinyl systems. But AFAIK there is still plenty of them left to review virtually every new analog product that is offered by manufacturers.
Not sure how you reached your conclusions regarding my listening preferences but they're way off beam. Analog is still my main source for both reviewing and listening pleasure - currently I use a Kuzma Stabi M, 4POINT14 or VPI Classic 4/VPI JMW 12", with a mixture of cartridges but mainly the Fuuga, Lyra Etna and Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement. Phono stages are the Connoisseur 4.2PLE and TEAD Groove Plus.
Like almost all reviewers I use digital sources too, for completeness and also access to recorded material I don't have on vinyl. Currently the digital sources I rate most highly are the Wadax Pre 1 Ultimate Trio and the Neodio Origine one-box CD player.
from your use of vinyl. You should sell your Lyra Connoisseur phono stage to me.
That's why I said I have 'no proof' (right off the bat). And in your case, 'seems to' prefer digital.
In your Living Voice speaker review, you clearly said digital was better. But only for that one speaker, I take it.
It is strange that you praised CH Precision as the best digital you've heard - yet you're not using it.
I appreciate that it's tempting to look for simple answers but in this instance can i respectfully suggest that you really do need to read a lot more carefully.
I think you'll find that the Living Voice review remarks that in the context of that system, CD can, in its own way, match and occasionally better LP. You might also add up the number of musical examples cited and their format.
The CH is rated as the best SACD replay I've experienced - not the same thing as the best digital.
But what I find most remarkable is that you think the Neodio Origine and Wadax Pre 1 Ultimate are outdated. I always thought components should be assessed on performance, not best before dates.
I no longer say Wadax is 'outdated'..
As to your comments, (quote) "CH Precision was the most musically emphatic member" (of your select-list of digital components).
Then years ago (in Hifi Plus) you stated that the Zanden-CD system was the equal of the $70,000 Blue Pearl turntable. Or at least a dead-heat.
The problem is that digital has advanced more swiftly than turntables (since 2004), yet you prefer LP. I respect this -but it does seem strange, in light of your great experiences with CD/digital...
..not since the Reimyo CD player anyway..
It was this player (in the pricier category) and Monarchy DAC (lower price) that seemed to usher in digital-CD as a true alternate to LP.
They were reviewed in 2004-06.
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