Lol, you can be both a collector (of lp’s) and enjoy! Analog is well worth the effort and expense.
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I’m a vinyl guy, and I happen to think the very highest levels of check-the-box / by-the-book sound quality, plus enchantment, plus wow factor, are monopolized by vinyl. But I enjoy digital 20% of the time and I’ve spent time and money going through several DACs. With that backdrop, if I were your friend, I would buy a PS Audio Directstream, or a HoloAudio May, and assign himself the vinyl path as the step after that. I just think it’s very hard to beat those DACs with vinyl for under $10-15k. Cart + tonearm + table + phonostage + LPs is expensive all at once, and better approached iteratively. And, that’s part of the charm of the analog hobby. In contrast, you can jump straight to excellent sound with a DAC. Once his vinyl side betters his digital (and that may take some trial and error, and it may be a few cartridges down the road), he’ll know he’s successfully gotten to the next ladder rung. I’m jealous of him, in the same way I’m jealous that my wife hasn’t started The Wire yet.
in my experience i have come to believe excellent streaming can be achieved at about 50-60% of the cost of a phono front end of equivalent quality (including the critical phono stages, cost are as paid, generally bought second hand)
i will use my own case in the front ends of my 2 systems (which i built for performance but with attention to value as well) to illustrate...
streaming 1: bluesound node 2i to sonnet morpheus dac or audio mirror tubador ($3500 cost including cables)
phono 1: well tempered labs amadeus/ps/dynavector tkr to ayre p5xe on townshend platform (~$6500 cost)
streaming 2: bluesound node 2i or w4s-modded sonos port to mhdt orchid w nos tube/adapter (~$2100 including cables)
phono 2: oracle delphi 2 tt/ps/origin live silver/benz glider to lehmann decade on townshend platform (~$4300)
1) phono front end does not include add’l paraphenalia like tt cover, stylus force gauge, feikert/mint alignment tools, strobe, anti static/zerostat, onbow, okki nokki cleaner etc etc... at least $1500 more there...
2) then, the record collection, if you don’t already have one will cost thousands to build!!! .... versus $200-300 a year for a lossless streaming service (or 2), a mere pittance...
3) while playing records is fun and a lovely ritual, i honestly enjoy streaming at least as much as playing records... and i enjoy the sound quality equally
4) note for $6 grand in second examples... you can have BOTH streaming and phono front ends...
hope this helps