Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
I purchased 2008's Aion and WTROADS both on SACD. Still never heard the SACD tracks as I don't have a player. The original release actually sounded better than SACD red-book tracks? Just sounded like they actually increased the bass?
Since my last post I discovered also some discussion regarding SQ of original 4AD and MFSL reissues, both SACD and later LP, on Steve Hoffmann forum. And in that German link they basically say that MFSL did not have acess to the master tapes (in most cases digital) and that LP is actually very similar if not the same mastering as for SACD. I guess I will stick with my original 4AD pressings.
The most analogue-ish sounding of digital to date is DSD. Data can be ripped off SACD ( basically DSD64 or DSD at 2.8 MHz ) and in general it will sound better from your computer feeding a DSD capable DAC than using SACD player. Of the current DSD DACs, TEAC UD 501 appears to be the best bang for the buck. Chek the thread here on head-fi. It is also one of the few DACs currently capable of DXD audio, 384 kHz sampling at 24 (32) bit resolution.
There are ever more DSD downloads, but the bulk of DSD at the present is available through ripping SACDs. Up to the advent of availability of DSD128
capable recorders ( DSD at 5,6 MHz ),there was in my opinion no digital capable of quality high enough to consider digitalization of analog recorded LPs. Trouble is, once you want to make a really good transfer, ills and quirks of analog start to glare at you far more than merely listening to it.
The peskiest of them all is off center pressing of the vinyl records ...