Has digital replaced turntables in value?

June 9, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

2 comments on “Has digital replaced turntables in value?”

  1. My understanding was always the biggest impact on sound being correct was first the Transducers. That would include speakers (that includes the speaker transducers and the crossover component quality of course) then turntable cartridges. Transducers convert mechanical to the electrical (cartridge/tonearm/turntable) and electrical back to mechanical (speakers). After that, there would be those components that most impact the information produced by the transducers. I would guess the top of this list is the room acoustics. Each of these are major points of interest but as cost goes up it is likely asymptotic. Cost versus accuracy of each and every component in the system is asymptotic but many have a greater impact on the sound character (character is different from accuracy of course) than others. The item which is a huge factor that we have little control over unfortunately is the recording itself, including all the transducers used there (microphones for example), as well as the ability of the sound engineer and monitoring equipment (again transducers!). The better the equipment we have, the more likely it can show how good (or how bad) a recording and performance really was.

  2. I guess I interpreted this differently as a question of the value proposition of turntables vs. CD players .

    I’ve commented in the past but I’ll say it again , at any price point you get more bang for your buck from a CD player than a turntable . For me , that same value proposition extends to audio quality as well ,i.e. , a CD player will sound better than a comparably priced turntable . If you have $500 to spend on a source , for analogue playback you’ll need a turntable , arm ( maybe included) , cartridge and a phono preamp since the one in your receiver will be crap . You’ll probably need record cleaning equipment and supplies , maybe a weight to help with your warped records ( in other words , all your records ) , one of those neat anti-static guns and , if you want to hear the recording with anywhere near the original intent of the artist , something to measure and adjust VTA , stylus pressure , etc .

    With a CD player , well , you need the CD player .

    All of this becomes moot as we move to high resolution digital files but in the interim , record players are for people more interested in ritual than sound quality .

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