Jeebus - what an impressive list! Good to see the hi-end is not lost on headfiers. Cannot wait for the hiend forum to come up, will really bring my interest back.
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6/9/08 at 8:55pm
This is ofcourse not true, there is only the amount of information on a record that was used on the master! What vinyl does have as an advantage is the second harmonics beyond the 22,5khz, wich is the absolute max. for cdplayers. in theory, the second harmonics goes twice as high as the first harmonic, so 1 20khz signal, if on the master can go to 40khz. As cd is cut off at 22,5 or 21,5khz, that harmonic is cut off. On a recordplayer that harmonic can freely flow, this is why most people say that the highs are still better for vinyl then for cd. But, there is also a limitation on most speakers, not alot kan go as high as 40-45khz...
I would include analog.
I chose not to spend a huge amount on a digital source. This is because chips and processors seem to make a quantum leap every 2-3 years. Manufacturers seem to come out with a new flagship about that often, as well. In my opinion, it's not worth buying current top players. To stay on top, you have to replace them every few years and take a large hit on resale.
That's why I picked up the SA8001 (still Stereophile Class A) which retails about $1,000 and went with the Orbe/SME IV/Yph on analog, which retails around $12,000. I'll still be using the Orbe in five years, but I'll go through two or three more $1,000-level CD players in that time. To me, it makes more sense to put money into the components where technology changes slower.