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post #16 of 18
Digital sound from the early days, i.e. 1980's tended to be rather harsh and lacking in ambience. In spite of this I remember making a shift to digital right away because of the lack of noise, minimal wow and flutter and impressive dynamics. And I had invested a lot in a turntable with a moving coil cartridge which alone cost more than my first cd player.

It seems that many persons who still really like analog are doing more listening through speakers than headphones. Analog classical recordings can be very trying experience because of surface noise in quiet passages and tracking distortion in loud pasages. These flaw tend to be less audibke with speakers.

However there remains a certain quality to good analogue which when you hear it in digital you think "turntable." For me it was a CEC belt drive cd player I suspect that much of this analog quality is just good digital playback with reduced jitter and other less well-understood forms of digital distortion. Thus anything you can do to get this type of distortion down will probably sound more "analog." Even tweaks such as sorbethane footers and covers on unused inputs and outputs seem to help.
post #17 of 18
Originally Posted by regal
I have never like CD sound, it always seems grainy compared to a R-t-R tape or even Vinyl (to be fair I have never heard a high end CDP either.) I just stumbled on a review of the Minimax CD player which the reviewer claims it gives analog sound to CD's. However I missed the boat on this with the price now $1200 vs $800, I can't but it knowing I'm paying 50% more than I should.

What would be a good alternative to getting analog sound out of a CDP for $800 (including the CDP up to but not including the headphone)
I've owned the MiniMax CD player myself and I can attest to the fact that it does sound wonderful and the ability to tuberoll it to fine tune the sound is really nice. That said, I'm now using a Storm Digital D02 non-oversampling DAC which I would say has an even more analog-like character. I haven't heard the MiniMax in quite awhile so I can't really give a fair assesment of how it compares directly to the D02 and an even bigger factor is probably that I used the MiniMax as an all-in-one so a fairer comparison would be to my whole system of D02 + GS-1 with Enigma Audio Oenomel IC's and Blue Jeans 1694a coax but that introduces too many variables so it's probably not going to tell you a whole lot. All I can say is since I put the D02 into my current setup I've been hearing many things in my in a new light and I feel my system is the best it's ever been.
post #18 of 18

This thread was very interesting!  I too am on the path to find that sweet analog sound.


My friend and I recently observed that really great analog recordings from the 70's sounded better on CD (or even .mp3) than any of the newer all-digital recordings. So, we set started a research project to determine why. Our theory was that whatever is special about good analog recordings, to some extent, is preserved when it's converted to digital. The logical implication here is that maybe it's possible to alter digital recordings to sound "analog".  After a series of tests, we found something...something that is outside of the normal "why analog sounds better than digital" arguments. (eq, gain, compression, saturation, etc)

To test the clue, we developed a software application to make alterations to the sound of some digital recordings.  We ran some tests and....wow! In just a few shorts months we have developed a sophisticated set of algorithms that pull the mask off of all-digital recordings.  To us, this is potentially a game changer....which brings me to the reason for this post!

We have something that sounds really good to our ears and the ears of our pro-audio and musician friends. But we are interested in your opinion.  We are hoping to find some volunteers that are willing to send us files for processing and give us feedback on the results.  This is purely research - and totally free.

If you are interested, please contact me at fideliquest@gmail.com.  We would love to get your opinion and see what you think!




Jayson Tomlin

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