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  1. i hear a lot from others about the cost and value of products that are costly like the Wilsons. mostly from those who are ignorant of the actual details of why such products are costly to begin with. i will say that the largest and priciest of the wilsons are visually ugly to me but from a sonic perspective, among the most beautiful. it takes a lot of effort and expertise to make the largest ones sound right, but when the setup and configuration of the system are right, you are in for the audio treat of your life. i don't have the financial clout to find out what they sound like in my own abode so i have what i CAN afford. at that, many people think MY system is ludicrously pricey. so say what you will but realize that you may be exhibiting your own ignorance to those in the know. ...hifitommy
  2. it is amusing to me that the chorus here is all in lock step with the glorification of digits. the gang is banded together to exclude any variation from the mantra. regardless, analog sounds more natural than most digital .
  3. i am not against cd, i have many and enjoy them BUT i have heard an analogy that goes like this: if you take a steak and put it in a meat grinder, there is no way to put it back together properly. that may overstate the digital reconstructional damage but it's not entirely wrong either. as for the ticks and pops etc, good quality new records don't have them in mass quantities and properly stored, cleaned and played vinyl is nearly free of those artifacts. cd otoh has an upper frequency limit of about 19-21.5kHz. LP is free to play much higher overtones that affect the music quality. the cd always lets you feel said limitation.
  4. I know what I hear and it's in agreement with other veteran listeners with a litany of high end components. RBCD has it's distinct limits and LP allows us to settle into the Music at hand and is more convincing and satisfying just as is live music. Go back to DBT while I go LIE to myself. Arguing the point is superfluous. Tom savage, I believe you made the choice for a good reason and I know how rattling it is to snag off a stylus on a prized cartridge.
  5. i agree that the LP, when recorded to CD via a tascam cdr very closely, rivals the LP sound. playing the vinyl vs the cdr copy does reveal differences but is very satisfying. we made a dub of Midnight Sugar (Cisco 45rpm) and the results were quite gratifying. for some reason, a commercial cd and the LP of the same music nearly always falls in favor of the LP. my first cd was brothers in arms and i was quite happy with the gorgeous sound on the Magnavox cdp that i bought from Target of all places for$140. the Mag was a VERY good sounding piece, better than most of what was on the market at the time. although the bass was superior on my friend's Panasonic with BASH, the Mag had imaging and soundstaging that the Pana could not approach. THEN i got a copy of that music on a $1 cutout price just for funsies. i wasn't prepared for the grossly superior sound on the vinyl. it reinforced my decision to retain my record collection and just add cd to the mix. i benefited handily from the foolish dumping of vinyl done by those who were fooled by the slogan PERFECT SOUND FOREVER. i could follow any one instrument in the orchestra with full clarity and extension. something that RBCD is not capable of. ...hifitommy
  6. that is the way i help my system evolve. my next remedy will include a Rythmik subwoofer.
  7. that gives rise to the term SHARTHEAD.
  8. blake.....very high rez is more than 48kHz Sampling rate. 48 is BARELY more than 44.1.
  9. davide....the lows in digital have a better chance of sounding superior to analog but the highs in RBCD,not, very hi-reZ much more so. this is most obvious as systems ascend the quality ladder. i am encouraged to find others than myself concerned with syntax and spelling.
  10. i rarely find music on cd that the same music on LP doesn't sound better. it started with my 1st cd... brothers in arms. i was enthralled because when i found the same record in the used LPs for a BUCK, I took it home and was stymied by how much better the vinyl sounded than the CD! it has been that way most of the time ever since. that said. you can't play vinyl in the car, and some music is not found on vinyl. vice cersa is also true. high end digital players and DACs can make cd sound VERY good and hi-rez is nearly as good as ninyl. for now, i have enough excellent vinyl to keep me from the streaming investment. thanks for the literary support RANDO. i thought i was good there too. anyway, although about 10 minutes less music is on the LP, to me and most of my compatriots, the vinyl sound is superior. BIA is a digital recording yet the vinyl of it and other digital recordings like Famous Blue Raincoat and Trinity Sessions (Cowboy Junkies) likewise fare better on LP.
  11. i rarely find music on cd that the same music on LP doesn't sound better. it started with my 1st cd... brothers in arms. i was enthralled because when i found the same record in the used LPs for a BUCK, I took it home and was stymied by how much better the vinyl sounded than the CD! it has been that way most of the time ever since. that said. you can't play vinyl in the car, and some music is not found on vinyl. vice cersa is also true. high end digital players and DACs can make cd sound VERY good and hi-rez is nearly as good as ninyl. for now, i have enough excellent vinyl to keep me from the streaming investment.
  12. one thing that digital cameras do is handle low light situatins more easily than film.
  13. let us remember history. dave wilson did not intend his line of work would be speaker manufacturer, he was a recording engineer with his own record company who made his own monitoring speakers, the WATT (wilson audio tiny tot). visitors to the studio requested him to make them a pair repeatedly and they paid the price because of their quality and robustness. the WATT needed the bass to be full range so the PUPPY became the woofer section and a great number of those systems (WATT/PUPPY) sold in ever increasing updates and sounded best with Jadis tube electronics. they would play back live levels of music producing a VERY pleasing sound. dave paid Americans on American soil decent wages including health insurance and personally installed the speakers for a large number of customers. his products went all the way up to ~ $225k and now even higher with the newest WAMM. they aren't easy to make sound good but when they arrive at that point (with careful placement and selection of ancillaries), they are nothing short of delightful. they are worth the money for those that afford them and the accompanying lifestyle is usually commensurate with their cost. i live at the opposite end of the food chain and yet i can still have a more than relevant sounding system. magneplanar MMGs, Freid Model RIIs from 1975, and Spendor S3/5s with a Rythmik sub suffice to fill my bill. ELAC speakers would do nicely if i didn't own the others. would i buy wilson audio speakers? YUP.
  14. for the most part, i prefer the more alive, vibrant, and detail rich sound of LPs and master tape. SACD, DVDA, and hi rez digital can come VERY close but given equal money spent on vinyl and digital, at the very low end, favors cd. as you progress up past $200, the scale tips in favor of vinyl. for some unknown reason, as different as phono cartridges sound different, they most always sound right when properly adjusted. i HAVE heard some VERY good sounding downloads on high end systems, peter mc grath demoing his recordings on magico or wilson audio speakers with either constellation ss or VTL tubed electronics in such stores as The Audio Salon in Santa Monica California. the fact that even new music, like my recently purchased jack white LP of boarding house reach are easily accessible, makes a good case for buying vinyl. i don't subscribe that there are LIES in there anywhere, the best digital sounds about as bood as the best analog, likewise for the best tubs and solid state. ...regards...tr
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