Since Shindo also makes a turntable I would be willing to bet Ken uses his turntable to voice his equipment.
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While I would doubt that Shindo uses anything but a turntable to fine-tune and voice his system, I think it is naive to think that he has never listened to how a cd player sounds through equipment he is in the process of designing.
I also think that it is pretentious to make a statement about why he or anyone would listen to anything but vinyl on a Shindo system. I, for one, can't give up listening to live Dead. This stuff doesn't exist on vinyl.
Sounds great on my Shindo system anyway. Maybe not as great as a lot of my vinyl, but SO WHAT!
It's about the music, right?