Trouble is, the 'current day gear' criteria would apply to the turntable/arm/cartridge/phono preamp also. And you can now drop at least $100k on the analogue stuff. Plus the modern pressings (at $30 a pop) need to be factored in. I have never heard anything in this price range digital or analogue, total system cost, so I don't really know. From my own meager experience, the lp experience is more 'live' or 'real' in some sense than the cd. So, I think an all-out assault on both sides could very well end in favor of lps--or at least certain well-chosen lps. All this is hindsight to me. When CD's first came out, I quit listening to LP's as fast as I could. As did many others. Good question.
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