READERS’ LETTERS: Vinyl warmth

READER 17447 writes

From my long experience with hi-fi stereo systems from 1970 on it is indeed the turntable pickup including tonearm making difference in sound. Of course also the preamp with its RIAA equalization has influence especially when in early times this RIAA curve was not exactly to the spec. Even when cutting exactly the digital stored music to vinyl the cutting head has its own deviations like the pickup. Since normally with a feedback system probably not so much. But the question is what is the definition of “warmer”? Is it enhanced with harmonics due to inherent distortions in the playback process? Personally I prefer the digital music after listening for decades to vinyl records of different quality. But I know friends still staying with vinyl because they say that this is better than digital. For me it is a matter of taste.

READER 1,107

I think it does come down to taste, although I have no experience with hearing a high-end vinyl system so can’t say for sure. Not all of us can afford both high-end vinyl AND digital systems. After my experience as a younger person with the poor quality of vinyl pressings in Australia, I decided to go down the digital rabit hole and forego the vinyl experience. I’d like to believe that, even if the vinyl sound is ‘warmer’, I’d need to spend a lot of money to get to the level of enjoyment I derive from my digital system

READER 12,775

Isn’t it most logical that the reproduction chain has a significant impact on the resulting sound quality? But why not staring the analysis in the first step: comparing a direct copper cut (see Stockfisch Records “Dubplate”) with the more or less deformed grooves of the vinyl record showing a strange thermo-plastic behavior when cooling down from the pressing process and which is based on a multiple mother-father-daughter.. etc copy from the lacquer process? The differences in sound quality here are already huge!


My opinion is when you cut an LP from DSD or from any other source that was converted from analog to digital you don’t get a warm sounding LP but rather a digital sounding LP which is why I only buy first pressing LPs or at least LPs cut from analog and not digital. LPs cut from a digital source never sound analog to my ears. Why does analog sound warmer than digital? Because it is warmer and better sounding because analog is reality and is music. Not that I dislike digital because I don’t. Digital has its place in a Hi Fi system.

READER 22,955

Sense I saw this in the thrid this morning about lacer linces, I will tell you all about something that most people don’t remember or just plane out don’t know about it.
Pioneer yoost to make CD players where the transport was up side down.
Which means, you had to load the CD or CD’s in to the players lable side down.
I should know because, I yoost to own two diffrent 6disc CD changers that were made by Pioneer that loaded the CD’s in to CD cartrages and or depending on how you looked at them, magazines.
Once you got the CD’s loaded in to the magazines, then you would just put the magazines in to the players and just either press the play button or sollect a disc number just by pressing the button that has that number on it, and the players will start playing the CD for you.
But I never had to clean my lacer linces in those two Pioneer CD players when I had them.
And it didn’t matter how many smokey clubs I took them in to, still no problems with them.

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