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So in 2020 how do you know your analog rig sounds great? do you compare to the same CD or digital file? this would be the wrong aproceh as we should all know digital is better in every way over vinyl but to this day a good vinyl system still offers better music? 

 

My source is either Linn LP-12, Ittok II, DV-XX2 MkII, P-75 Mk4 or Roon network vis my DEQX HDP-5. I find that most time is vinyl (500 LP's) while I have 13467 albums in my digital library. 

 

I have not compared any digital files to the same vinyl as this would be un fair we all know digital is better so how do you you know the vinyl analog is sounding great?

 

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Easy vinyl wins for overall enjoyment, bit like going to a live event as it takes some amount of effort for both but in this case it's  to usher the album onto the turntable, cue the arm and drop the needle unlike digital where you press play and obtain instant gratification but hey that's just me and my opinion which is practically worthless in today's currency

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Stating the bleeding obvious, my analogue rig sounds great when I’m really enjoying the music, but that doesn’t always happen, my mood, the quality of the recording etc. I do compare my analogue to my digital, it makes sense really as I have built both to my preferred sound so they are very similar in some respects, and they both sound awesome IMHO.

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I don’t have the patience for digital. 
 

Need the commitment of physically moving to change LP sides to listen through multiple songs on the same album.

 

Oh, and at least 50% is appearances. The album art is very entertaining to look at. 

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This really doesn't regard digital, how do you really know in 2020 that your analog really sounds that good... how do you know how to come to the need to upgrade your analog rig? how do you know you need to upgrade? is it digital that tells you that your analog rig doesn't cut the grade or is there some other measure? 

 

i'm just getting back into the whole vinyl thing after many years away... 40y plus in the audio industry sales, design etc and still amassed how good vinyl sounds but is my rig good enough or needs upgrade. I know digital very well and am very happy with where it is currently.

 

my question is how do you know your analog rig is correct? really hard with no dealers like back in the 80's when you could compare turntables.

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I have a fairly simple rule. Once I buy an LP I remove it from my Tidal library. So if I want to listen to that album I have to listen to the LP. That said I have albums in my Library that I have no intention of buying the LP. I find that I need to be in the mood to go through the whole ritual of playing an LP. So sometimes I have days where I’m listening only to LPs and I’ve also gone days playing off Tidal only. Today is a digital day. 

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5 minutes ago, artaudio said:

This really doesn't regard digital, how do you really know in 2020 that your analog really sounds that good... how do you know how to come to the need to upgrade your analog rig? how do you know you need to upgrade? is it digital that tells you that your analog rig doesn't cut the grade or is there some other measure? 

 

i'm just getting back into the whole vinyl thing after many years away... 40y plus in the audio industry sales, design etc and still amassed how good vinyl sounds but is my rig good enough or needs upgrade. I know digital very well and am very happy with where it is currently.

 

my question is how do you know your analog rig is correct? really hard with no dealers like back in the 80's when you could compare turntables.

In this hobby I don’t think we really need a trigger to upgrade. 

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Don't compare to digital is probably number one. Two different animals and there is no better, just different. Are you enjoying when you listen? Do you sit back and think 'geez that sounds nice', for most albums? Or does it kinda bore you and you kinda hesitate before changing sides? Do you want to spin up another record after the first finishes? These are the questions to ask yourself ;)

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1 minute ago, Andrews_melb said:

@Cardiiiii nice point about removing from tidal, i see the point in that. 
what about if you want to hear the album in the car or somewhere the turntable isnt?

Tidal/Roon is also used to discover new music and play music in the car/exercising, etc. Also, to answer your specific question about upgrading, I have a road map of upgrades in my head and I usually pull the trigger as and when things pop up for sale in the classifieds. Comparison of analogue vs digital isn’t a trigger. 

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9 minutes ago, Cardiiiii said:

Once I buy an LP I remove it from my Tidal library. So if I want to listen to that album I have to listen to the LP.

No worries, I just got confused by this. if its removed from your library on tidal you dont have easy access to that album in the car. I dont have Roon though.

 

and on the OPs post, id say just sitting back and enjoying the LP is all i need to know that im happy enough with my set up.

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1 hour ago, artaudio said:

my question is how do you know your analog rig is correct?

 

Mmmm - to me this is an f'ing stoopid Qu.  :P

 

A system - whether analogue or digital - is never 'correct'.  All it is … is either better - or worse - than what it was before you made a change.

 

The latest change to my 4-way active system is to replace the miniDSP unit I was using with a different, digital-only miniDSP unit - which required me to buy 4x DACs (to get 8x analogue output channels, feeding my amps).

 

So the change is that I am now - whilst listening to vinyl - using better-quality DAC chips than are included in the miniDSP products.  :thumb:

 

The improvement in SQ is substantial!  :)

 

Andy

 

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Just recently spent over 10k upgrading my LP12.  I know it’s sounds great because its so revealing that 90% of  vinyl pressings sound crap. To me high quality digital sounds more consistent, but I must admit that the premium quality vinyl pressings sound out of this world.

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37 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

Mmmm - to me this is an f'ing stoopid Qu.  :P

 

A system - whether analogue or digital - is never 'correct'.  All it is … is either better - or worse - than what it was before you made a change.

 

The latest change to my 4-way active system is to replace the miniDSP unit I was using with a different, digital-only miniDSP unit - which required me to buy 4x DACs (to get 8x analogue output channels, feeding my amps).

 

So the change is that I am now - whilst listening to vinyl - using better-quality DAC chips than are included in the miniDSP products.  :thumb:

 

The improvement in SQ is substantial!  :)

 

Andy

 

You know, I think there is an argument that you are actually listening to a digital system ;) 

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I am not sure how many albums  nowadays are recorded in pure analog and cut vinyl without digital processing, most modern studios record music under digital format and cut back to vinyl to my impression, i don’t see the vinyl discs  explicitly advertise about the processing steps, 

 

so Vinyl would sound good for only 10%of music as many people share and agree. But the 10% would not stop people to run into vinyl, just like we go a few times per year for fine dining and the rests are bar/pub/food court/normal restaurants
 

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1 hour ago, andyr said:

 

Mmmm - to me this is an f'ing stoopid Qu.  :P

 

A system - whether analogue or digital - is never 'correct'.  All it is … is either better - or worse - than what it was before you made a change.

 

The latest change to my 4-way active system is to replace the miniDSP unit I was using with a different, digital-only miniDSP unit - which required me to buy 4x DACs (to get 8x analogue output channels, feeding my amps).

 

So the change is that I am now - whilst listening to vinyl - using better-quality DAC chips than are included in the miniDSP products.  :thumb:

 

The improvement in SQ is substantial!  :)

 

Andy

 

It is a very strange question isn't it.

 

Correct is different for different listeners, and what is correct for some is not correct for others so in essence you are correct, Andy...in that it is never correct, but at the same time it is.

 

A question that has an answer and no answer O.o

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