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Vinyl resurgence should have led to more use of LPs as review material. Many believe that vinyl is a better and more accurate reproduction medium.

On the other hand, good digital has come very close to good vinyl. (That said, to me digital will always be a parabolic curve that comes close to but never quite touches the horizontal analogue line).

I suspect it is a matter of convenience. Much of the digital in use by reviewers is streamed from a NAS/Stick/Laptop and it becomes very easy to sit in a chair and select tracks from your phone (or tablet). Switch on the fly without having to clean a record, put it on the TT, take it off, put it back etc. Since most reviewers have other jobs, it makes sense to leverage time so to speak. And if the quality of digital has become "acceptable" then the decision becomes easier.

Many reviewers still use vinyl and digital. Many reviewers still refer back to cherished vinyl when reviewing a component...a baseline if you will.

What bothers me is when someone reviews a digital reissue but fails to compare it to an original pressing, even when the reviewer has access to the original vinyl.... Then they dodge the question when asked....


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  • Good Question - Ross 18:47:34 03/09/17 (1)

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