20th July 16:46
Best way/quality to record vinyl...
Just as the stated opinions by you on behalf of your friends, it is
not based on any such research. To the best of my knowledge, the RIAA
never researched the opinions of audiophiles who owned or were exposed
to SOTA or near SOTA vinyl playback. You recalled the opinions of your
friends of the day. I simply pointed out that your anecdote did not
represent a universal opinion at that time. I base this on a clear
memory of converstaions with other aduiophiles back then along with a
number of reviews and letters to the editors of the underground audio
publications written back then. Are you going to take the position
that the the opinions you related to us in your anecdote about your
friends' opinions on CD sound v. vinyl sound back in the early 80s was
a univversal opinion among audiophiles who were exposed in one way or
another to SOTA or near SOTA vinyl playback? If you really wish to
assert that I will find testimonials of audiophiles that did have a
very different opinion.
Where are the measurements of SOTA vinyl playback to support this
assertion? I have yet to see any such measurements performed on the
Rockport Sirius III or the Continuum Caliburn? Without such
measurments any assertion that these rigs have the same levels of
audible distortion as the rigs your friends and you used is also quite anecdotal.
You and your friends are entitled to their subjective opinions.
No. I have not seen any evidence to support the assertion that
"expensive modern LP equipment performs no better than legacy
equipment." If you have some results from some independent blind
listening comparisons that support this assertion I'd be happy to look
at them. Of course the big problem here is the wide variety of
"expensive modern LP playback equipment" that is out there. I am sure
given the wide variety one may find something that they don't like or
something that is an expensive bad idea brought to market. I would
never assert that *all* expensive gear is actually good by any
measure. So one would have to be very careful to choose a wide enough
variety of modern turntable rigs to really represent today's state of
the art. Of course one also has to ask what you mean by "legacy"
equipment as well. One could argue that The Continuum Caliburn is
"legacy equipment" since some of the technology developed in the
design of that rig has trickled down into Continuum's second turntable design.
Are you sure about that?
I have done many single blind listening tests of various turntables,
pickup arms and cartridges. Among those comparisons were some that
involed various incarnations of various Regas including the Rega 2. By
my subjective measure under blind conditions the Regas did not fare well. YMMV
You are correct. The argument that "there has been no significant
objective change in the performance of vinyl playback equipment at any
price because it all still plays vinyl LPs." is a tautology. That was my point.
I believe you are wrong. I have made no such admission that I know of.
The geometry of vinyl cutting and playback is pretty well known and
straight forward. If you think there is any aspect of it that you
believe I don't understand please fill me in. I am happy to learn
something more about the geometry of vinyl playback.