Analogue v. Digital...again (Washington Post)

This is an interesting article and it features a couple of A vs. D recordings so you can try to tell the difference. Michael Fremer had a brief remark in the "comments" section. Hopefully, this Washington Post link for non-subscribers works:



Where do you buy the system you listed for "circa 2000"? Presumably you mean dollars and not some exotic cryptocurrency.

Analogue v. Digital...again


This topic is like watching paint dry..

in cold weather.

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On the other hand reading posts on this subject is like going to the dentist for a root canal ( without anaesthetic ).

So if you are a masochist keep posting and read on.

Where do you buy the system you listed for "circa 2000"? Presumably you mean dollars and not some exotic cryptocurrency.

I mean it’s exactly the kind of system an enthusiast might have bought 20 years ago, around the year 2000. Yes, it would be much more than $2000, even then. It's fine gear - but probably NOT a great microscope into recordings by today's standards. 

The article is behind a paywall now, but I was able to read it a few days ago. It’s really about Better Records and their selection process, so posing it as "Vinyl vs. Digital" is clickbait-worthy. The Better Records guy bashes all modern reissues (along with the companies that make them), chiding one particular reissue as sounding "dun dun dun" (or something like that) in the bass - and I can’t help but thinking it’s his old Legacy Focus speakers doing that 😂

I would say that I have had pretty good luck with remasters but I have come across some when compared to an original pressing from the 60's or 70's where I thought the original copy sounded better and in some cases much better. Most of my collection is earlier pressings from the 60's and 70's of primarily rock and if the copy is relatively noise free and I am happy with the sound quality I usually will not order a remaster. I am pretty selective with the remasters I order and the record companies producing them and where they are pressed and also look to who is the remastering engineer and also who is cutting the lacquer if available. 

What I will say is that I have rarely if ever been disappointed with Analog Productions or anything pressed at QRP under different labels and I am referring to their more standard issues in the $25-$75 range and not just the premium remasters like the UHQR releases.