Any analog purists out there?

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  1. Oldschooltube

    Oldschooltube Flux Capacitor Technician

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    035107C3-2A56-4E24-8918-D34226E9D308.jpeg I’m talking about real audio. No processing, minimal if any eq, no digital anything. Listening on a clean system to something just like it was recorded.

    Right now I’m listening to side 2 of The Beatles Abbey Road on a classic Marantz 6300 turntable ran straight through a rack with no processing or effects and into a single ended tube amplifier.

    That is in my opinion being a purist.

    Anyone else?
     
  2. Batesmotel

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    Big analog fan here.

    Marantz
    Technics
    JBL
    Klipsch

    The post 2008 era was great pickings on the used market. Everyone was dumping vintage gear for pennies. All most of it needed was a little CLA.

    A night with virgin vinyl is always special.
     

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    That is really cool o s tube... If that's side 1 of Abbey Road, it could be Octopuses Garden in that spot on the vinyl I think...Side 2 Sun King? ...
     
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    My delving into Analog is the rotary phone hanging on garage wall.
    When SHTF and the grid goes down analog works; makes sense as the 94 volt system draws power from wherever its connected along the line.
    Besides the preschoolers love playing with it.
    We also have a magneto wall phone like on the farm. But that’s another story.


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  5. RagnarLothar

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    I like my analog watch. :)
     
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    We've got a late 1940's dial phone on our wall - it was hooked up and working, but I forget when I unhooked it. I don't know where our desk phone went - same vintage as the wall phone. We always called it our "War Department Phone"!
     
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  7. Paul53

    Paul53 MAKE HATE WRONG AGAIN!

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    My folks phone was so old that occasionally ma bell repairmen would show up at the door asking if the could look at it with the covering off. Always struck me as funny.
     
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    When CD's became available, I gave away all my records.

    The increased sound quality and access to music was immense :)

    Now my phone, at the same level of sound quality as records, holds more albums than my old record collection ever did :)

    I think those who go back are similar to when I used my muzzleloader. Fun hobby :)
     
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  9. sombunya

    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    I like vacuum tubes, moving magnet carts and three head decks of any kind.

    Those Sprague capacitors that McIntosh used weren’t all that great though.
     
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    FullClip Native Mainiac CLM

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    Still got my albums and Technics turntable (with 3 extra Otrofone cartridges) Ain'ttouched them in 10 years at least. Keep telling myself I'm gonna' set up my old sterio in the upstairs office...never got around to it yet...will need another set of speakers to do it..maybe Paradigm boolshelves??
     
  11. .264 magnum

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    I'm a tube guy for sure but not really and "analog" guy generally. It's just way easier, cheaper and more convenient to use digital front ends.

    At home:
    Macbook Pro to Audirvana media manager and memory player to Chord Mojo DAC to various headphones or Mojo to Cary SLI (tubes baby!) to Spendor speakers.

    https://www.caryaudio.com/products/sli-80/
     
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    Aren't LP records technically higher sound quality? Of course, you need a high end turntable and go through all the cleaning and de-static electricity stuff first.

    I say "technically" because I know from my own experience I never had "high end" stereo equipment, and I know I didn't take care of my records beyond blowing dust off them - so for me CDs were very much higher quality to my untrained ears!
     
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    All digital, Baby! MP3, bluetooth speakers, booming sound! The space savings and portability is the big advantage. And no more snap, crackle, and pop!
     
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    The correct answer is both - Playing digital through tube pre-amplification will produce the best and cleanest range for sound quality.
     
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    Same with me, I never had the money to hear an LP sound better than a CD.
     
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    Sun King for the win!
     
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    Magneto phones are good to take fishin if ya know what I mean.
     
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  19. Oldschooltube

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    Paradigms are pretty good but IMO at a lower price point Polk makes some really great bookshelf speakers. When I bought a pair of bookshelf speakers I was originally looking at Bose but in the showroom I was able to A-B switch between the Bose and Polk. I bought the Polk because they blew the Bose away at less than half the price. The Bose sounded like tin cans. Overrated and overpriced.

    “No highs, no lows - must be Bose!”
     
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    "I’m talking about real audio. No processing, minimal if any eq, no digital anything."

    Ever hear of RIAA?

    Oh, and the new vinyl releases? Probably recorded digitally. Certainly, any studio that that audio went through was using digital equipment...