Worth pursuing analog sound from digital?


Hi all,

I recently acquired a PS audio Nuwave dac which has eliminated most of the digital harshness compared with my old dac but it's still not as smooth and harsh-free like vinyl. I was wondering if it's worth pursuing that analog sound from digital without spending a fortune and if it's even possible. I know lots of digital lovers will say digital can be as good as vinyl but is it really?   
jaferd

Showing 3 responses by cleeds

skipskip
If you can weed through the hyperbole, on a quality system, with a quality source, they should sound the same.
I agree completely. The very best analog, and the very best digital, sound very, very close.

Some listeners prefer the distortion that some analog equipment offers - so they'll record CD to reel-to-reel and think the sound has "improved." Those listeners seek something other than accuracy so for them, of course, they'll always prefer an analog source with some added analog distortion.
elliottbnewcombjr
Digital is a broken chain, no matter how many links, how much you polish those broken links, Digital will/can NEVER be the unbroken chain analog is.
It isn't clear what you mean here. Digital isn't perfect - and neither is analog - but neither represent a "broken chain." Of course, some people believe that digital data is missing because of sampling rates (which is false, as long as Nyquist is observed) or that the LP has infinite resolution (which is false, or you could install Windows on it).
Analog is definitely higher noise ...
Often true, but no inherently so. It depends on the analog recording and the digital recording to which it's being compared.
Experiencing the Artist's conceived presentation of their chosen play list, in the order presented, is a part of LP ...
And of CD, too.
... amplification, it's the same, transistors were the instant on, less heat, more affordable dream, again, just not nirvana, not Analog like tube amplification is ...
Again, it isn't clear what you mean here. Solid state amplifiers for hi-fi use are certainly analog.
uberwaltz
I have never really understood this whole argument or concept of trying to get one to sound like the other, they do not and never will.
That depends on what the goal is. If the goal is accuracy, the best analog and digital can sound remarkably similar. If you want to test that claim, use a first-class reel-to-reel deck and the digital recording equipment of your choosing and connect them simultaneously to the same live mike feed. On playback, A/B the results. You might be surprised.

There are some listeners who prefer the warm distortion that some analog recorders impart, and that’s a fine preference. But that doesn’t mean both analog and digital can’t achieve a high level of accuracy and when they do, they can sound quite alike.
I embrace multiple analog and digital sources and accept each one for what it is and what it brings to the table, warts and all.
Me too! It needn’t be an either/or thing.