It is never about being too old .Wisdom does come with age but it knocks on the door, most people do what they are always have done , refuse to let him in . .
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Apros of what I mentioned earlier in the thread:
I just received a copy of one of my favorite movie scores, Jerry Goldsmith's score for Start Trek the original motion picture.
It was remastered by La La Land for both digital and vinyl release not long ago, both from a high quality digital master.
The vinyl version is just glorious. It's clear, rich, huge sounding, silky strings, clear grain free top end, soaring horn section, and huge dynamics. In some ways it sounds better than I've ever heard it before.This is why I'm ok with vinyl sourced from digital masters as well as analog. If it's a great master, it's a great master.
I seem to have somehow misplaced my original copy of this LP from the 70's, but I've ordered a (supposedly) mint version from discogs, so I'll be able to compare it when it arrives. I may like some things better about the original anolog, I don't know, but in either case I'm extremely pleased with this version.
ALSO: I don't really think it takes super expensive turntable/phono stages/cartridges for vinyl to compete with digital. Previous to my current Transrotor table, I had an old Micro Seiki DD-40 Turntable, with the original arm, and an Ortofon MC 20 Cartridge which originally came with the table in the 80's (all bequeathed to me by my father in law, years ago). Then through a cheap Rotel solid state phono stage. It sounded so amazing it got me on the road to buying new vinyl (which of course led to the turntable upgrade bug). The sound from the Micro Seiki set up
wasn't as accurate sounding as my digital source, bit it did all the magic vinyl things - warmth, clarity, organic quality. In sonic terms it was a yin-yang thing between digital and turntable. I wouldn't say one was "better" than the other, but there were certainly many times the sound from the turntable made me swoon with music in ways the digital did not.
Upgrading my turntable and phono stage brought more refinement, getting it closer to a best of both worlds presentation for me. But I didn't have to buy my more expensive table to have experienced "vinyl magic."People's mileage will vary, of course.
That’s what I’ve been saying all along. It’s the digital playback system that’s the problem. We know it has many problems. The most critical part of it isn’t even digital really, it’s analog - the optical reading of the data. The digital part is later downstream. The digital media per se is not really the problem. In the same vein I mentioned recently that digitally remastered cassettes sound great, too, unlike their CD brethren. Rich, full, dynamic and natural.
I just received a CD today, and the only reason I ordered the CD is to determine how much I'll be willing to pay for the LP.
It's NOLA music by a Nawlins artist, and I'm here to tell you, every note of this music drips with that town; you can visualize the bawdy houses where this music originated.
Needless to say, I will pay top dollar for the best LP of this music; while the CD sounds good, I'm sure the LP will sound much better and have me riveted to every note.
See if you can guess the music; it has received much discussion on this forum.
There are too many fantastic CDs of historic performances, never to be remastered again. I've commented on another forum.
Anything by Ward Marston is usually rare in 78 format and expertly remastered. LP transfers of acoustic 78s were generally mediocre and the originals when played back at the correct speed, equalization and stylus size beat it. However, that's where a master like Ward Marston excels. He does this, a collection of 24 tracks at $18 a CD for $1000s of mint recordings. What a bargain.