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In Reply to: RE: I'm not Hiredfox, but I'll butt in posted by bean on May 01, 2017 at 13:21:58
One can become quite used to the imperfections of vinyl and the electronics that were used to create it.
Just as one can get used to the sterility and flat representation of much digital reproduction and the electronics used to create it.
I can't remember the wag who penned it, but: "The best way to enjoy digital reproduction is to never listen to LPs." While that statement is a perfect example of hyperbole, there is a grain of truth. I enjoy the digital side of my system immensely for what it does, but there's always a sense of relaxation when I switch to vinyl.
I no longer bother with my extensive vinyl collection, much prefer mch SACD.& well recorded CDs.
I wrote earlier about three recordings which to me, in my system, sound better on vinyl than on CD. But there are also several recordings that sound better on CD than on vinyl, I think because of the mastering.
My goal is to get the best out of both possibilities. PS Audio claims that their new player
(same basic process as the Marantz sa10) makes CD's, not just SACD's, sound better.
I'd like to know.
Someone asked about the SA14 on PCM downloadable files. I don't have too much experience there, and in particular no basis of comparison. I have some FLAC files (Patricia Barber's Monday Night at the Green Mill) that do sound very good when streamed through the USB port of the Marantz.
I am more or less satisfied with the rest of my system (speakers, amplifiers, etc.)
Whilst I would not want a separate transport & dac ,the new PS player does mch SACD, however I find their claims hard to believe, according to Hiredfox not possible to improve CD SQ with a similar process as on the Marantz SA10 .whilst I will be accused of repeating myself the Sony combo DA5400ES/XA5400ES does have H.A.T.S. low jitter that PS espouse and find so important, Just read Audio Stream review that says CD SQ is improved but I am not interested in paying $12K to find out for myself.
I have been listening quite a bit to both the SA10 and SA8005. The price difference is wide but have to say both players are exceptional. I will be writing the SA10 review shorty and it will appear in June. I also have to say the mor listening to SA8005 the more I become impressed and will be doing a separate review on that unit as well. Marantz continues to impress with their red book and SACD playback.
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