Member of the Trade: Chord Electronics
- Apr 1, 2014
@Rob Watts I use a DAVE/HMS and a TT2/HMS here as my digital front-ends. But I also highly value vinyl for replay and your continued dissing of it keeps triggering me to want to try and encourage you to revisit vinyl to see the errors of your ways! But, I now realise that would be a huge mistake. YOU are digital's best source for great sound from the format. MY only hope for even better sounding digital. So, I've changed my mind - I will never try to convince you that vinyl has something very special to offer, lest I distract you from your digital endeavours. You MUST remain single-mindedly devoted to digital. And so, I will take your vinyl punches on the chin and not be triggered again! Keep up the great work!
Correct - you won't convince me that vinyl has a place for me! Ignoring the fact that vinyl certainly isn't transparent, the clicks and pops drive me nuts. And as I write this I am listening to something new on Qobuz. And I recently added a 1TB SD card on my phone - so I have around 3000 albums just in my pocket. And I can play these files indefinitely without loss or degradation. I have been playing tracks that I haven't heard since I last had vinyl, and my M scaled Hugo2/Dave is just so much more transparent and musically involving than anything I ever had with vinyl.
And of course there is my recent digital recording experiences - the (prototype) new scaler/Dave/Stealth sounded softer, warmer than the original live orchestra - and my M scaler/TT2/B&W803D3 was a lot warmer. That outcome really blew my mind. In December we will be doing another recording session, and I will be trying out some more things.
But yesterday I was with a dealer, and I couldn't believe the number of exotic turntables on sale! But I will never argue with someone about whatever floats their boat - if you find vinyl more musically enjoyable, keep going!