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That analog sound

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
Growing up listening to my dad's record player, I am very fond of the sound, now that I have money to get something better, I am wishing to reproduce that sound for use with cd's. Mind you I don't have much of a music library at this time and am not tied to any one format. I am planning on picking up a modded 3960 soon for the time being, but looking to the future. I listen to mostly older (10 years or older) music, meaning that most of my music is available on vinyl, and I see a good number of SACD albums that would be in my library. I will always have a decent cd player handy should my chosen format restrict me.

I was wondering what the best way to best "mimic" a vinyl player is? I've heard that SACD does this very well. I have also read a little about tubed cd players that also do this. My other options would be a get a new turntable, or a cd player that sounds substantionally less digital.

So far I'm leaning to a SACD player like the Sony c2000es or a new turntable.
My price range is about $500 but that's flexible. What are some good turntables in this price range? Any good sources for Vinyl besides ebay?
post #2 of 40
If you are after that vinyl sound, go vinyl! I'm not too up on SACD, but on a pure music selection basis, it can't compete with what's out there on vinyl. (nor can it compete on the price you can pick up albums for!!)

You will pay a LOT more to achieve a similar quality of sound from the cd format. My digital source (tubed dac) is pretty close to my analog source as far as musicality goes...it just happened to cost FIVE TIMES AS MUCH! $500 will see you with a really decent vinyl setup, esp if you go for a good second hand classic turntable like a thorens or a systemdek etc paired with a good arm. My feeling is that you don't have to spend a fortune on a vinyl setup if you love the vinyl sound, cause it is what it is and doesn't have to pretend to be what it isn't. You need a very fine digital system to convincingly emulate an analogue sound (which you can approach, but never quite match - not to say digital can't sound good on its own merits sometimes!).

..Be warned, though...buying vinyl is addictive and you may never buy another cd again!
post #3 of 40
Since I got my VPI Aries 2...I haven't even listened to a CD ('cept in the car).

...and I have a lot of SACD's and DVD-A's in my library.

However...If you are seriously going towards vinyl, I humbly suggest a larger budget than $500.
post #4 of 40
Check audiogon for used mmf 5. You should be able to pick one up for $400 or less. Spend the rest on vinyl. I bought a used Goldring GR-1 (similar to Rega P2). I have no complaints with my tt. I have not heard anything higher end so no upgraditis yet. Buying vinyl is addictive. I bought 7 albums in the last 2 days while I've been in Orlando on business.

Edit: You may want to check out this deal mmf 5 .
post #5 of 40
Thread Starter 
Yeah the MMF5 and the rega P2 and P3 seem like the best choices for my needs, thanks.

Now that I think about it, I should be able to save up for a brand new P3 by the end of the year, that seems perfectm
post #6 of 40
get an mmf as the others said used for $100 and a pro-ject phono box for a $100 new or something and stay away from digital...

I myself bought a digital and an analog combo both of an original price round $700 and there is no comparison.
post #7 of 40
KABUSA sells a little box called the CD Reimager that is supposed to give CDs the sound of vinyl for $79. I have no idea what it is, perhaps some kind of eq or buffer stage. But I can say that KABUSA is very much not a snake-oil type company, so this may be worth checking out.
post #8 of 40
Thread Starter 
Cd-reimager Huh??? Sounds like something I could do a review on.
post #9 of 40
I've been looking around the KAB site:

http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?index.htm

and can't seem to find this product. Can anyone help?

Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place...

post #10 of 40
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Originally Posted by RickG
I've been looking around the KAB site:

http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?index.htm

and can't seem to find this product. Can anyone help?

Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place...

Yep...I had the same problem and ended up Googling it

http://www.kabusa.com/reimager.htm

Enjoy!
post #11 of 40
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Originally Posted by stymie miasma
Yep...I had the same problem and ended up Googling it

http://www.kabusa.com/reimager.htm

Enjoy!
Thanks, buddy!

post #12 of 40
Yeah, thanks. I saw it in their paper catalog but couldn't find it on the website either. The website has more information than the catalog, although I still don't know what it does. Sounds like it may be some kind of frequency sensitive tuned stereo blend?
post #13 of 40
I took a good look at it and just said no...

post #14 of 40
I'm not particularly interested in getting it -- I get all the analog sound I need by listening to analog sources. But I am interested in what it does and what people think of it.
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by zowie
I'm not particularly interested in getting it -- I get all the analog sound I need by listening to analog sources. But I am interested in what it does and what people think of it.
I'm in your boat, man. I have a nice analog/digital system (Rega), but I was going to buy this thing just to see what it would do. However, I can't imagine this device making my CDs sound better then my Jupiter does.

I'm most interested to hear what some others might think about this product. Nevertheless, I can't see it doing anything but gnarling the the sound of a decent CD unit by using some cheap ($79) EQ tricks...

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