@sgreg1 Interesting twist on a common theme
I think that if you are using both streaming and vinyl as sources it’s not that one needs to sound better than, or as good as, the other. Both just need to sound good enough so that you listen to them both.
@jond Well said. By definition, they will be different.
I don't understand the conflict. I've got $1K invested in my digital front end vs. $14K in analogue. I'm really happy with both and listen to both equally for different reasons. Sometimes they sound scarily close (as in justifying a $13K delta).
Regardless of the variances in recording/pressing qualities (which are significant), I truly believe that a pure analogue (sine wave) signal resonates more deeply in our human psyche.
The bottom line is that digital can very accurately and cleanly replicate the sound of a human voice or a guitar or a drum, but the natural sine wave is converted to a square wave and back to a sine wave to send to your speakers and something is lost (or added) in translation.
I guess that's why folks spend $20K on a DAC?
There are some really interesting reason why this is important to us. (Check out a book called "This is Your Brain On Music")
The first time I noticed this was way before I started my "audiophile" journey.
In the early days of digital, ZZ Top digitized Tres Hombres for CD. If anyone has this on original vinyl, listen to the drums on La Grange, then stream it or play the CD. The drums sound weird.
Conversely, I believe Dire Straits recorded the first DDD CD, Brothers In Arms, and it sounded amazing back in the day.