Originally Posted by ]eep
I wonder, ... what does your signature mean? Seems like no-one gets it.
And, uhm, can anyone explain to me what a POS is? Permanently Out of Service?
I know a good reason not to go on and on and on and on about those dusty, scratchy 'vintage' TT's. They are ugly and not fit for a photo thread. They have, as they say, a good face for radio.
That is just being snob, silly and unrealistic. 'Digital' masters and -remasters from the 80-90 are dull sounding rubbish. But properly done modern recordings and remasters sound anything like rubbish. They can sound very good, sometimes even better than old masters.
I am merely trying to be - realistic.
As much as I do love analog, I can not deny that its downfalls do not destract from the "perfect" experience. If the recording is originally digital - it IS best played on digital gear; at least no analog problems added to the mix.
Where there is signal recorded to the analog disc using analog recording containing frequency response past 20 kHz - then I would tend to go with analog. And, YES, one does need a super performing cartridge in order to extract the most out of the disc - or, more realistically, at least not damage the grooves on HOT treble - where all the action in phono cartridges really is.
As most normal carts CAN NOT COPE with "balls out - full throttle" ( to quote Chuck Yeager ) signal on disc, the overall level of information cut into the groove gets diminished - by 6 dB or even more in the practice - so that "it will track with most average equipment". Reducing signal to noise ratio and dynamics by the same amount in the process.
Magazine Audio in Germany has issued - MANY full moons ago - a test "record" in a most demanding and honestly produced manner imaginable : LP, CD and analog cassette - all containing the same technical signals and music. That cassette must be THE BEST pre-recorded cassette ever issued - and it takes one hell of a lot better performing cart than, say, a Koetsu (whatever model ) - IF that reproduction off disc is supposed to at least compete with this superbly recorded cassette.