Why would anyone buy a vinyl playing setup?

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  • I have a pair of PMC TB-2s in the home studio and they sound so good that I'm tempted to replace my Mission 752Fs with a set.
    I've never liked Mission. KEFs every time for me
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 116
    I have a turntable and listen to vinyl at least half of the time when I'm at home.

    I don't have any mystic belief in the intrinsic superiority of analogue gear, or disdain for digital. The other half of the time I'm streaming to a Raspberry Pi with a DAC hat on it, that sits behind my hifi preamp, and that sounds great, and a lot of my daily listening is MP3s on my phone, which is also fine.

    But, a decent turnable with a decent cartridge -- and I'm not talking megabucks here, I have a second hand low-end Linn and a 100 quid Shure cartridge -- sounds pretty good. Which opens up a whole world of second hand stuff, plus means I can still play the dozens and dozens of records I've owned since I was a teenager, plus the couple of hundred others I've picked up over the years.

    I like jazz and classical music, as well as rock/soul/RnB, etc. Which means that there's a huge amount of good quality stuff out there to be had, super cheap, on vinyl. Plus strange oddities. I have a load of Soviet pressings of classic 40s and 50s swing music, for example, which I got for free when a place I used to work was throwing them out. Similarly, big boxed sets of eastern European pressings of Shostakovich and Prokofiev that I paid a couple of quid for. Some of which are hard to get on CD, or aren't on Spotify.

    It takes me no longer to pull a record off the shelf, which is right there, in the living room, with the turntable at head height and put it on, than it does to go to my laptop or open an app on my phone, and scroll around to choose what I want to here, and then set it running. I like the fact that it forces me to resist the temptation to flick, or chop and change.
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  • robertyroberty Frets: 666
    @Matt_McG are you running Volumio on your Pi? Bloody brilliant. I had an off the shelf streaming DAC but wasn't impressed by the buggy firmware
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  • robertyroberty Frets: 666
    edited November 30
    Here they are, Pi DAC measurements, perfect conversion, pretty much: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2016/10/measurements-raspberry-pi-3-hifiberry.html?m=1
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 1842
    I bought one of these a while back, but have never got around to using it.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1815752970/hybrid-tube-amp-for-the-raspberry-pi/description

    It supports Volumio.

    I've never really had the inclination to bother because I've got quite a few Squeezeboxes which fulfil my streaming needs.

    I should maybe give it another go.

    R.
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1398
    I have a pair of PMC TB-2s in the home studio and they sound so good that I'm tempted to replace my Mission 752Fs with a set.
    I've never liked Mission. KEFs every time for me
    I'm not a huge fan of Mission in general, but the 75X Freedom range is pretty damn good IMO.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 116
    @roberty No. I use PiCorePlayer, which is Squeezebox/LMS based. A few of the plugins are a bit fiddly — e.g. streaming hi bit rate audio from last weeks Radio 3 or 6Music, say — but it is a setup I know well.
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  • barry2tonebarry2tone Frets: 38
    edited December 1
    Fourteen minutes, but reasonably interesting.




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  • That video referred to "loudness wars" (google it) which is compression of the music on the cd format.  It robs the cd of the balanced frequency extremes and was done by producers to make their recording stand out on low-fi reproduction such as radio.  When cd first appeared, a lot of back catalogue vinyl music was put into the digital format and the majority of it sounded very poor compared to the original.  I speak as a vinyl lover with about 400 lps from the seventies.  I use a Gyrodec/Roksan/Ortofon MC combination through MF amplification into Piega loudspeakers.
    It's a shame that the engineers for the most part got it wrong as cd has the potential to beat vinyl reproduction in many ways.
    Like others here, I love to have a listening session rather than just background noise.  The critical listening reveals the shortcomings of both formats, but my preference is for vinyl for the vintage of music I prefer to listen to. Yes, I'm a dinosaur !
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