Would this be anything like the Analoguer on the Meier Audio site? He used to sell them and stopped. I think because a similar idea was already being used for profit.
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9/23/04 at 9:08pm
Originally Posted by drminky
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.
Originally Posted by bifcake
I completely disagree with that statement. I think that on the contrary, it's cheaper to get a good sounding digital source than a good sounding analog source. Look at the Stereophile recommended component list. You won't find a class A turntable for less than $4500. You won't find a class A tone arm for less than $4000 and you won't find a class A cartridge for less than $4000. So, in order to get the cheapest class A analog source, you would have to spend about $12k. Whereas there are plenty of class A digital sources for around $5k.
Originally Posted by zowie
Class A means relative to other components of that type, not some an absolute sonic standard, which doesn't exist, so comparing the price of a Class A turntable to a class A CD player is meaningless. The cheapest class A analogue source may be significantly better than the cheapest class A digital source. A $1000 class C analogue source may be better than a $5000 Class A digital source. Or not, but even if you assume the Stereophile list means much of anything much to begin with, you're not reading it correctly.
A $5000 source ought to sound great in any medium, with only subtle improvements to be had with significant further price increases. The question is what delivers better sound for $200 or $500 or $1000 or $2500, etc. And IMO, you can find not just decent, but excellent analogue sources for around $500 used. That's about what I paid for a Merrilled-out AR deck with a RB300 and new Blue Point which dropped many jaw in my living room for several years. And I ended up selling it for even less in order to get it sold.
Does analogue provide better sound for money than digital? Well one can debate that. But it is debatable. What I don't think is worthy of serious debate is your suggestion based on reading the silly Stereophile list that one to spend an extra $8k to analogue sound that's on par with digital.
Another note: you are speculating about the future of SACD. I'm not convinced the format will survive, although I will concede that it is increasingly likely that it will. But you're also speculating that there'll eventually be a decent selection of titles, which there isn't now. There is a ridiculous abundance of used vinyl out there to be had for practically nothing. The SACD catalog is like one millionth the size. And it may not change that fast. I remember the CD format being around for at least 6 years before you could even get any of the Beatles catalogue in that format! You might be right in 2 or 5 or 10 years. But as of today, I'm with DrMinky.