Check the deadwax, it sounds like you've gto a late, lifeless copy of that LP
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Could be the LP as suggested. I would also check your setup. Double check that the platter is level, check your tracking force, If you have an alignment gauge make sure the stylus is sitting in the center of the groove. Then I would adjust your VTA. If set too high the bass is too boomy and the soundstage collapses. If too low, the bass is off and highs are accentuated. Soundstage is again off. So obviously setup and alignment are crucial. Also the table needs to be on something really solidly isolated from the room.
A cartridge has to be "warmed up" before it sounds its best. In my experience, a full record front and back needs to be played before you really hear what the cartridge is capable of.
Your equipment is just fine. That table, arm, cartridge and phono stage should be able to make mince meat out of any digital playback system regardless of price. I highly suspect you have setup/alignment issues or as headsnappin suggested just a bad LP.
I would be in no big hurry to get rid of everything and start spending dough until you have tweaked, isolated, listened and tried different records.
take some solace. I have the same issue with my DSOTM when compared to their last reissue (with SACD layer).
The vinyl gets me simply back to 1972, when I listened to it first (warts and all). I think the pressing (mine) is about that old --- "So, what do you expect"?
Listen to what J.J. Cale has to say for an answer :-)
PS: If your other vinyl sound fine, there is your answer...
I'll wager your cdp sounds very nice.
I own an Esoteric P70 that feeds a dCS Scarlatti stack (DAC/Upsampler/Clock) that never fails to bring musical enjoyment.
For context, I grew up up wax. "Meet the Beatles" was the first lp my sibs and I bought in 1964. My current analog source is very satisfying: Pickering XSV5000 with new genuine D7500 stylus >> a babied and recently professionally refurbished Dual 701 (tweaked w/ custom hardwood base/plinth suspended on norbornene "unhappy" balls/carbon fiber atop Herbies mats) >> Oyaide PA-2075 RR "POCC A" phono cables >> Bottlehead Eros phono pre. Take it fwiw, but imho this combo concedes little or nothing most now in use.
Perhaps you've hit the steep portion of the "diminishing returns" graph with both your analog and digital sources.
That's a good thing!
it's the record, not the set up, I listened to Machine Head, which is a slammin' album, many times on CD and finally bought a vinyl version in pristine condition. Well, it looked pristine, no scratches or pops on it, but it sounded DEAD. I was shocked and disappointed. Especially since I spent $40 on the album. It really looked like new.
Today I finally got a new Rhino reissue of this album and guess what?? It's slammin' again. "..I'm a highway star..."
Great album. Also, what really makes this more telling on how good vinyl sounds, is that I am playing it on a 30 yr old table that was not state of the art when it was new, since I am waiting for my new table to get in, and my old one sold too fast.
Still sounds great.
1972 , 1973 close enough !!Anyone else on here tiring of AudioFiel's sharp and over opiniated responses just waiting to pounce on people? I still remember the tiraid about last record preservative. Would anyone else like to see an experiment to prove one of AudioFiels opinions. Have him soak his tongue with Last record preservative and if it leaves his response's dull and lifeless as he claims we all win ! To all my American neighbors have a safe and Happy holiday weekend !!! Cheers
"As you all know CD should never sound better than analog so I am now faced with the dilemma of how to bring balance back to the universe."
I know this to not be the case.
Check out my review of "Days of Future Passed" by The Moody Blues here on a'gon for just one example.
I wouldn't recommend any knee jerk reactions.
I don't want to spoil it for you, but you seem to be LOOKING for some good, logical upgrade reason, so GO FOR IT! :-)
But maybe, you would not want to use that album if you are done...
We still have not heard yet what some of your other LP vs CD yield -- if the wife is watching you got my vote.
Hey, your system truly SUX, it is in dire, most immediate need of an upgrade! :-)
Now go and enjoy the trip, but don't loose sight of the budget.
My current setup ... works great for single instruments and solos but when the whole band comes in it seems to get confused about where to place the instruments and how to distinguish between them.
Are you sure that isn't simply due to the source material? That sounds like it could be the result of the heavy processing and randomly phased mixing that seems to characterize many rock recordings, for instance.
I'm going to respond to this simply from a gear perspective, as I used to own the Classe preamp. I've had at least 12 pre's in my system over the last 10 yrs, not counting the units I've auditioned. The Classe lasted less than 1 month.
There's a lot to be said about system synergy & the Classe just didn't work out for me. I'm getting clues from your last paragraph, where you talk about the specific attributes, or rather lack thereof. That's pretty much what I remember about the Classe.
Good frightening will cost more than good relaxing most likely. Synergy from room to source components will take the OP the furthest regardless of end cost.
Bad frightening can be had easily. The ops digital apparently fits this bill.
If it's not relaxing then it will be frightening in a bad way.
Ive heard the Cambridge be quite relaxing and competent. Frightening in a good way requires adding muscle, power, current etc. via amp and speaker combo without losing the relaxation enabled at the source.
now I have to say: "you are a smart man also..."
I go along with EVERYTHING you just put. But now we are talking multi $$$$bucks. Obviously all a question of budget.
No way to try and get it all sorted by switching only one component --- too bad.
The trick is to identify your weakest link and start from there --- and I don't feel like making that call. (Hardly for myself :-)
Sounds like you just made MY day :-)
>>> If you are using standard US pressings of Pink Floyd albums, they will sound dull and lifeless<<<
I though it was just the case with SA pressings!
I'm still surprised how many (all?) listeners got so carried away with this in 1973... => (hey Bill, we got that right now, yes!)
PS: But now we have to wait and see if D. comes to tell us it's only a case of non-compliant VTA -...
I read your original post with interest since I am also a Nottingham Analogue owner (Hyperspace - Ace Space). I always thought Fletcher was aiming a little low when he sent his tables out the door with a Tracer. I think from the Spacedeck on up, these tables have incredible potential. I'm not certain the stock cartridge is able to exploit that potential.
I am also looking at potential cartridge choices and have been reading with interest about the moving-iron Soundsmith Aida. It seems to combine the best traits of moving coil and moving magnet. It is available in both high and medium compliance and in stereo and mono versions. Since it's not ultra-low output, you don't need a phono pre with a lot of gain or ultra-low noise, which opens up a number of choices in the $1 - $2 K range.
Let me know when you make a final decision on your cart and preamp. I'll be interested to know where you end up.