Originally Posted by Turn&cough
I think digital music will follow the home PC evolution. In the beginning PCs were a PITA and quite expensive. Instead of making the average Joe's life easier they mainly created anxiety and headaches. Now that they are reliable, affordable and actually do what they're supposed to everybody owns one (even my 90 year old mother)
As digital music evolves and then settles down more people will adopt it and it will most likely become the de facto standard.
I think vinyl is a passing thing based partly on boomer nostalgia, the TT cool factor and the belief that it sounds better than other mediums. Not sure if it's a record industry conspiracy but let's just say that homo mercantilus being what he is will always be looking for a gap to fill in the market. If there is no gap he will create one.
Personally I really like the look of a vintage TT but I'm not going down that road again.
I'm nowhere close to boomer nostalgia...I'm young. If anything, it's older people that are encouraging the new ways and not younger/middle aged/etc. Who do you think runs this industry (the youth?...lol...think again...I'd say the average aged hi-fi audio maker is about 60 years old). I think vinyl is something for specific types of people, not specific ages. These types will obviously range from those stuck in their vinyl worlds just like those stuck in their pc worlds;)...to those that can hear what vinyl can do that digital absolutely cannot do. It's like saying because X amp has distortion figures way way lower than anything ever made and gets rave reviews from everyone, that something else cannot possibly sound better...get real. If one is to "objectively" say which medium is the best, maybe vinyl can be technically inferior, but if one is to use their own ears, I prefer good tubed power, even a tubed preamp, then anything SS...SS can be ok, but it will never sound as good as a piece of tubed gear unless it's immaculately put together by a genius. However, tubed gear measures TERRIBLE and is indeed vastly inferior from a technical standpoint...but I'll take tubes all day long just as I will take a well done vinyl rig all day long...not for nostalgia (though I do love smelling the fumes being smoked in the 60's through vinyl that do not appear anywhere near a vivid via digital)...and I do love hearing Ella's voice sound like it's going to explode through the walls, alive as anything, where on digital, it sounds exceptional, but nothing the same-effect.
I may never go down the TT road, but until I hear digital being superior, I will never claim that a TT rig is not in fact superior...to my own two ears of youth.
This said, I also prefer analog cameras to digital cameras...ULF ones to be specific;)...