mjz wrote: ↑
07 Feb 2019 21:54
I made the switch to digital high resolution years ago convinced it is better than analog in terms of dynamic range, low noise and overall sound - and I can play over and over and never hear a click or pop not to mention - on demand (no getting up to change the record).
But then my brother-in-law gave me an LP (45 rpm remastered 180 gram album) for Christmas. I told him he's nuts, I don't listen to LP's anymore even though I have my college collection still neatly displayed (part of the decor in my home office!) next to the Britannica - also a museum piece. He laughed.
After all of the holiday merry making and I was alone with my dogs again without any family around, I dug out my old vintage Technics SL-D2 turntable (w/ Shure V15 type III) out of curiosity. I also dug out an old phono pre-amp TC-750 I had in a drawer so I could digitize a few old albums years ago through my computer. I connected the pre-amp to my high end Krell based stereo which has never seen a turntable connected to it. I then put the needle to the LP and sat back.
Wow ... I was stunned. The warmth, wide sound stage imaging and "presence" was simply amazing. I could also could hear the preamp - so I decided to get a new PHO-8 preamp and then I fell out of my chair when I played the album again.
Anyone know why digital can't be 'made' to sound like vinyl? It seems it would be so easy, but analog just sounds more real to me. I went to my old LP's and started playing them again. Each one - especially the ones I digitized and filtered out the clicks and pops (and sound excellent) just sound better. True - the dynamic range isn't there, but it's close enough for the music to reach your soul.
I don't understand why digital isn't as warm sounding. I'm just amazed that I have to buy LP's again.
Just a theory. I would say that what people attribute to "warmth" in general concerning record playback has more to do with the instability of the medium during playback, than that it is actually true to source.
While people state that digitization in various degrees is audible, I believe that constant changes in amplitude and phase are also audible, as it relates to a record being played on a turntable.
Here is what I am referring to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... FxiLeQmb5k
(Unfortunately, he should have turned down the source volume as it makes the video a bit annoying to listen to.)
I have preformed this test before at home. I don't have anything special regarding system components, and my test looked pretty similar as I recall, but I do really enjoy the sound regardless.
Perhaps it has a little to do with the comb-filtering effects that reach your ears during music playback, potentially getting smoothed over during vinyl playback.
Also, there is the cartridge of course, which all sound different, and Shure tends to be a bit more laid back imho.
The differences in CD players is quite trivial for example, compared to the differences in cartridges.