You guys are scarin' off the newbees.let's base our comments on facts boys.
fact #1 .Vinyl is not for everyone.While the anaolog sound can reveal the most minute details of a recording the actual vinyl medium does require good equipment and more maintence of that equipment and the vinyl itself.
#2.Vinyl playback systems do not have to be expensive.There are some very good turntables and phono stages available now that sound fantastic and are very inexpensive.
#3.Surface noise is not a fact of vinyl playback.Surface noise is a product of poor record maintence not the analog medium.record cleaning should be part of the listening experience.I never play dirty vinyl and there are cheap enough cleaning products available that there should be no excuse for listening to dirty vinyl.
#4.Difficult,tempermental and frequent turntable set-up is a thing of the past.Even the newer Linn tables can be set-up once and left alone.tweakers will never be happy with a modern vinyl playback system.You can by a new table,unbox it and be listening to the sweet sounds of vinyl 20 minutes later.I set-up tables before I ship them and very rarely do they require any additional tweaking.Guys that spend months seting up a turntable will never be happy with that system,take my word for it cause I was one of those guys.
#5.You do not need a super high definition system to enjoy vinyl playback.If you can't hear the sonic improvements of vinyl in even a moderate mid-fi system,more than likely the cheap,broken or way out of adjustment turntable or dirty records you are using are the culprits.
#6.Vinyl does not always sound better than digital.Sometimes,as much as I hate to admit this,very high quality digital playback on very expensive digital systems can approach and in cases of high quality SACD remasters,even occasionally exceed vinyl playback in the detail department.this does'nt happen often but I have heard it.That said,vinyl is easily the best and least expensive method to obtain stunning detail and accuracy in a playback medium.
#7.Vinyl is better than ever.The tables,phono stages and the general quality of recordings is better than it ever has been.Audiophile recordings of some old favorites and new classics are simply stunning.The detail and beauty of these recordings is unmatched.
#8.Mono is the ****.period.In these days of multichannel playback,how could a person love a single channel playback format?Simple,it sounds incredible.Reserve judgement until you have heard some Billie Hoilday,Nina Simone,Bob Dylan,Elvis or Jerry Butler and the Impressions on a dedicated Mono system.Mindblowing.
the "facts" as seen through the eyes of Tuberoller,admitted vinyl junkie, owner of 17 working turntables,16,570 records,4,455 cds and one set of tin ears.
BTW,I just got a VPI Scout table and this thing is fantastic.it may unseat the MMF-7 as the table to beat under $2,000.00,we'll see.