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What are this guys credentials? What systems has he listened to?
The same recording both digital and analog is a fairly big difference IME, not a small one, particularly given the two systems at the same price-point.
Ultimately, he got to the right result, digital beats vinyl (because of the physical limitations of vinyl). But the devil is always in the details. Expensive vinyl system versus expensive digital system?? It all depends.
I suspect that some inexpensive vinyl systems may beat inexpensive digital systems.
Interesting. The control group doing the comparisons, the standard deviations were interesting with the sd of those who prefer analog treble quite a bit wider. The important thing here what digital tape machine and what analog tape machine were used? Additionally, some mics work better to capture analog and some work better to capture things digitally due to many factors, not least of which is the mic's frequency response and dynamic capabilities. Were they using the same recording levels on each machine because you actually shouldn't.
Most importantly, they were NOT comparing cd/digital files to vinyl playback, they compared digital tape to analog tape. Not only does this not prove anything, it muddies things. Lastly, music majors....they listen for what they listen for....which is they usually listen for their instrument alone when critically listening.
I agree with a lot of what he has to say but his smugness and self assured, know it all approach blunted the impact of his assertions. The call between digital an analog is getting more difficult for me...but for me there will never have to be a "winner". I enjoy both and am content to declare it a tie....and happy that I have the options.
I must admit, as I have mentioned in my post about my Focal Kanta No.2 speakers, my digital based system can re-create the experience I have at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. A big part of that experience is a quiet background from which the music can emerge. Some of my other judicious choices regarding cabling, AC conditioning and digital purification have helped me abandon vinyl.