Originally Posted by leeperry
2) hiss? the biggest problems w/ vinyl are cracking and sibilance IMHO. When you want to remaster it, first you decrackle then you denoise.
Crackling is generally dirt in the groves or scratches. Its not the vinyl's fault that it was mistreated.
Sibilance is caused by several things.* Once you solve the non-vinyl problems they go away. unfortunately it is not as convenient as CD.
*common causes & solutions for sibilance on vinyl:
Misaligned cartridge - realign cartridge better.
Mistracking cartridge - increase VTF 5-10%
Worn stylus tip, get a new stylus or cartridge.
Improper electrical loading of cartridge. Because of funky LCR tank circuit resonances 47Kohms is not always right. you can read about it on the hagerman website here: Hagerman web article & applets
There is no inherent problem with vinyl that predisposes it to sibilance (not the stylus, phono stage, or the idiot who was running the mixer)
yes, there is a bit of work involved in getting a record player to work well. OTOH, how is that different from getting a digital system to work well? The only difference is that the end user generally has no control over the operation of their DAC, and perceive it to be plug and play. If you dont like the filter you buy a new DAC. There is plenty of tweaking and trial and error in building a nice DAC we just trust someone else to do it, and accept as our own task when setting up a TT. If you are not going to exert the effort to set up a vinyl system well dont. OTOH, a weak attempt at setup should not be held as any sort of reference.
As an aside:
I have taken to running my analog system through my digital one to use my equalizers. If you are bypassing the EQ technique that we both seem to like you are destroying any chance Vinyl has.
Edited by nikongod - 9/15/10 at 11:57am