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  • POLL : Are you heavily into Analog or Digital or Both?

    Are you HEAVY INTO Analog only , Digital only, or Both?
    42
    Analog only ( LP, Tape)
    47.62%
    20
    Digital only (CD, Hi-REZ)
    9.52%
    4
    Both
    42.86%
    18
    Last edited by JCOConnell; 10-28-2016, 03:01 PM. Reason: added the word only
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

  • #2
    If you define "heavy into" meaning spending time listening, investing in equipment and building a library, then I am into both Analog and Digital. But if you really mean which do you love, then I love Analog LP and R2R tape. I have yet to find a digital playback system that I love and would try to save if my house was burning down (I'd try to save my LP's).
    Speakers/Amps: Genesis G2.2 Jr with Powered Servo-Sub Bass, Genesis GR1440 Mono Amps, 5,000 watts total power
    Preamp: SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamp (fully balanced inputs and output)
    Phono 1: VPI Signature 21 Belt-Drive Turntable with 10” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti Phono Cartridge driving Lehmann Decade Phono Preamp
    Phono 2: VPI HW-40 Direct-Drive Turntable with 12” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Anna Diamond Phono Cartridge driving Genesis Gold Phono Preamp
    R2R Tape: Studer A810 with Bridge Console
    Digital: Lumin Network Player with Lumin NAS
    Cables: Genesis Advanced Technologies/Absolute Fidelity Interface Interconnects, Speaker, Phono and Power
    Power: Audio-Ultra Power System, IsoTek Super Titan Passive Power Conditioning for Amplifiers
    Accessories: Custom Acrylic Equipment Stands, Klaudio Ultrasonic RCM

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Joe Pittman View Post
      If you define "heavy into" meaning spending time listening, investing in equipment and building a library, then I am into both Analog and Digital. But if you really mean which do you love, then I love Analog LP and R2R tape. I have yet to find a digital playback system that I love and would try to save if my house was burning down (I'd try to save my LP's).
      Yes, your definition is what I meant by HEAVY INTO. For example I buy and play CDs on occasion, but I'm not investing in CD playback gear nor am I buying hi res files, so I do not consider myself heavy into digital.
      Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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      • #4
        I'm HEAVY into analogue as well. 90% vs 10% for digital.
        Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
          I'm HEAVY into analogue as well. 90% vs 10% for digital.
          +1
          Source: Kuzma XL DC/4Point 14 inch/CAR60; Phono: Zanden 1200 Signature; Tuner: Magnum Dynalab MD-108T Signature; Line Stage: Zanden 3000 Mk2; Power amp: Lamm 1.2 Reference; Speakers: AlsyVox Botticelli; Grounding: Tripoint Troy Elite NG; Cable system: Cardas Clear Beyond; Stands: Finite Elemente Master Reference & Master Reference Heavy Duty; Power strip: Cardas Nautilus; Power filter: P.I Audo: BUSS Depot; Acoustics treatment: Svanå Miljöteknik AB (SMT);

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          • #6
            I have moved more into digital. I love analog, but the digital is so much more convenient.

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            • #7
              Circumstances over the years have defined my music collection. I started off with LPs because they were the only format readily available. Two decades of traveling around the world led to a collection of cassettes because they (and cassette decks) were far more portable. Once CDs dominated the marketplace and new music on LP was no longer available, of course CDs entered the collection. Digital files have been a non-starter simply due to the format and playback equipment being such a moving target. The other issue with digital files is provenance. Paying full price for a file that was up-sampled from a lower bit depth/bit rate file or converted from one format to another is an issue too. Those outlets which do provide unadulterated digital files (Blue Coast, 2L et al) generally do not have music I like.

              So I have four turntables, one cassette deck (a Teac A-800 which has performed flawlessly since 1978) and one CD player. I listen to more CDs simply because a lot of the music I listen to is that format, I listen to records because I have so many odds and ends that aren't available in any other format, especially the 78s. And cassettes? A number of things picked up overseas that would be very difficult to replace in another format.

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              • #8
                for me it's analog...Long Live Analog
                McIntosh, George Merrill Super 12, Jelco, Ortofon, B&W, Kimber Select, Sound Application, Oyaide, VPI

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                • #9
                  Living La Vida Vinyl

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                  • #10
                    I've always been into both analog (vinyl and tape) and digital (multiple formats). I'd say I'm heavily into both.

                    where my perspective has evolved recently is the realization that to get closest to the music I should always pursue the native format. and if that native format is digital then the music should come first.

                    my heart still pulls me to vinyl and 50's, 60's and 70's music that has been such a large part of my life. but music more and more is native digital and that is not to be ignored.
                    https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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                    • #11
                      Both. Though I am a vinyl guy, there is a lot of music I love that it is just not available on vinyl. I like baroque and classical music played on period instruments. This trend started in the late sixties. There are some wonderful vinyls from the late sixties until the early eighties (Teldec, DHM, Astrée, Seon, etc.). However, there has been a big evolution in terms of interpretation over the last 20 years. Some small labels like Channel Classics, Alpha, BIS and many others have a fabulous offer which is only available under digital format. It would be a shame to ignore them just because I would claim that 'vinyl rules'. I am a music lover before being an audiophile.

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                      • #12
                        I listen to digital about 80% of the time (it's that good these days)...however, my love for vinyl will never fade. I have music in both formats that I throughly enjoy...
                        Speakers: Rockport Altair 2
                        Amps: Nagra HD Pre Amp & HD Amps
                        Cables: Transparent Magnum Opus speaker and interconnects
                        Power Transparent Opus Power Cords & Opus Isolators
                        Digital dCS Vivaldi full stack w/ Transparent Reference XL Digital cables
                        Phono: Grand Prix Monaco 2.0 TT, Spiral Groove Centroid, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Nagra Classic Phono & PSU
                        Racks: Grand Prix Audio Silverstone F1 (x4)

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                        • #13
                          Its analog 80% of playingtime here

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                          • #14
                            I have two heavily modded R2R's for my master tapes and a newly acquired Redpoint Model D TT with a Triplanar/Sotto Voce from Soundsmith. I do have a nice CD Player but I have not turned it on in more 10-12 months!!!

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                            • Johnny Vinyl
                              Johnny Vinyl commented
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                              I wouldn't either with your setup!

                          • #15
                            As far as me time goes it is 90% analog. As for anywhere else, far more digital. WIth traffic the way it is and me spending hours on the road each day, my iPod and car stereo get a lot more hours of play

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