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post #17191 of 25015
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Originally Posted by hsubox View Post

Haven't had much time the last few weeks to listen to much music. Decided to do just that when I woke up this morning, so turned on the LD1+, put on my RS1i's and let the playlist go.

Maybe that small, unintended, break was just what I needed. Holy crap, those sound so good! Preaching to the choir and all that, but it's hard to appreciate how good Grados really are sometimes until you step away and come back. gs1000.gif

Amen. Especially with a set up like that :-)
post #17192 of 25015
Rocking out with my first gen SR80s to 70s rock!
post #17193 of 25015

I have noticed that many people listen primarly, if no solely to digital music. I'm old school, I own 15 pièces of vintage gear, mostly from 70's, for those who like this stuff, I have 2 Marantz recievers and their assorted turntables, one Yamaha integrated amp, and it's turntable, 2 reel to reel tape recorders,1 Pioneer with 10'' 1/2 reels, and 1 Akai with 7'' reels. and last, but not least, my beloved Grado HP1000/HP-2 and it's assorted amp, the great HPA-2.

 

I only buy mint condition stuff, and I usually pay an average of $150 to $225 for each piece. What I like about vintage gear is that, not only does it sound good, but it also looks cool, it's ecological, the reason being that if there wouldn't be any buyers for this stuff, it would wind up in the thrash. And the icing on the cake is that, if you didn't overpay for your gear, you can, not only get your money back if you decide to sell, but you can even make some. That's why I've bought the Bushmills, something tells me that I won't lose money with these, time will tell.

 

If you're still reading, it means that I haven't bored you to death. Now, I think that knowing wich format digital or analog that peoples prefer for their critical listening, might help us to better understand why we have this or that opinion regarding headphones. I don't want this to turn into a digital vs analog war, for the record, I think that they both have advantages and shortcomings, so let's keep this civilized, like I know Grado fans can.

 

Please guys, humour me, alright I'll go first.

 

Analog 60%

Digital  40%

post #17194 of 25015
Digital 100%. I can't take pops or clicks in my music. Don't even get me started on wow and flutter!
post #17195 of 25015
All digital now. I prefer analog, but evidently not enough to overcome my laziness. redface.gif
post #17196 of 25015

80% Digital

20% Analog

 

not by choice, i just don't have a convenient spot to listen to vinyl right now.  Eventually I'll have my own little listening room though.

post #17197 of 25015

all digital for me also...flac files......I have tons of vinyl.....I am just too lazy to spin it any more....especially since you can have virtually your whole library on one huge hard drive....then network that with three pcs in the house and well......it just works flawless and you can access you music so much faster

post #17198 of 25015
If I were,rich, I'd have a vinyl listening room and a vast collection. But I'm not so digital only, high VBR. I still hear much more detail in my music with headphones and lossy digital than what I heard in my vinyl days. It amazes me, actually, how much more of my music I hear now, it's a blend now vs mashed together and I can pick individuals out.
post #17199 of 25015

I agree that vinyl sounds better, but at this point, it's still too inconvenient to use my turntable. All digital for this Grado fan.

 

Side note: for those of you who are digital converts, Fidelia, a media player for Mac, adds a very analog warmth and fullness to digital files. Makes iTunes sound like an SR125 compared to an RS1. (Couldn't help myself).

post #17200 of 25015
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

All digital now. I prefer analog, but evidently not enough to overcome my laziness. redface.gif

 

This. Soooo this.

post #17201 of 25015
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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post

I agree that vinyl sounds better, but at this point, it's still too inconvenient to use my turntable. All digital for this Grado fan.

Side note: for those of you who are digital converts, Fidelia, a media player for Mac, adds a very analog warmth and fullness to digital files. Makes iTunes sound like an SR125 compared to an RS1. (Couldn't help myself).
For me I think that vinyl sounds better when I'm listening to music through speakers. For digitally sourced music I prefer headphones. How do you like the Fidelia setup JoeD? It's amazing what quality music player software can do to improve the sound coming out of a laptop.
post #17202 of 25015

Thanks for the quick replys,so far digital is obviously the prefered format. I think that age plays a role too, I'm 48 by the way,so I was around when vinyl was king. My recipe for success, is to take a very good sounding SACD or CD, and copy it on a blank high quality tape, (I use Quantegy 456) at a speed of at least, 7 1/2 or even better, 15 inches  per second, on a high quality, well tuned, reel to reel tape recorder, I use a Pioneer RT1020L, hooked up to a Marantz 2220B reciever. I find that the tape takes away the slight hard edge, that CD often have. so the copy end up sounding better than the source.

post #17203 of 25015

all digital, I don't have a vinyl set up, but I do listen to CDs through a CDP in addition to streaming and listening to my digitized CDS.  Thats not really clear. I mean that I have digitized my entire CD collection into lossless files. But, I am old school in that I still own, buy and listen to CDs as I prefer the sound of CDs playback through the electronics I have in my dedicated little system.


Edited by markm1 - 7/24/14 at 6:35pm
post #17204 of 25015
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

Digital 100%. I can't take pops or clicks in my music. Don't even get me started on wow and flutter!

 

+1  ... Digital 100%

 

I'm 49 and grew up on vinyl and have a ton of well preserved LPs (I went crazy buying Japanese virgin vinyl pressings in the 80s).  Then I started recording LPs using a high-end TEAC deck with dbx noise reduction - even added a dbx capable deck in my car - to mitigate the tape noise.  Later, I re-recorded many of my LPs onto MiniDisc; again, for listening at home and in the car.  Blah, blah, blah.

 

To me, cool factor aside, It looks like a lot of $$$ for me to get back into vinyl and for what?  Sorry, but I would rather spend the money on new speakers, cans or a new headphone amp.

 

What the OP might consider is a MacBook Pro with Audirvana+ and the right VST or AU plug-ins to simulate the weakened high frequency response characteristics of the reel-to-reel and/or tube distortion that may soften the digital sound.

post #17205 of 25015
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post


For me I think that vinyl sounds better when I'm listening to music through speakers. For digitally sourced music I prefer headphones. How do you like the Fidelia setup JoeD? It's amazing what quality music player software can do to improve the sound coming out of a laptop.

I love it man. A/Bed Fidelia and Audirvana for a few weeks and ended up going with Fidelia because it didn't hi-jack ALL the sound output on my Mac and it was cheaper. Since then, they've updated it twice and honestly, it's as easy to navigate as iTunes at this point. The sound is just great. So much fuller than iTunes.

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