insider9 said:One of the reasons some people, including myself, don't do turntables is all the "black magic" behind it.
Tone arms, platters, plinths, carts, styluses, MM vs MC, motors, power supplies, direct drive or belt driven, tracking force, anti skating, cart alignment, slip mats, 45 rpm, 33 1/3rpm, phono stages, levelling, racks and isolation, vinyl cleaning, etc.
The list is long, upgrades are endless, each has many options it's all finicky
So how about digital...
Here's a thing... I'm beginning to think it's no better
USB, Coax, Spdif, Synchronous vs Asynchronous, lossless vs lossy, CD, SACD, FLAC, mp3, WAV, 16 bit vs 24 bit, DAC, Reclockers, upsamplers, DSP, PC, Streamers, linear power suppies, USB Regenerators, DLNA, Airplay, MQA, DSD, FPGA, NOS, transport, LAN, Bluetooth, Wifi, NAS, different DAC chips, sampling rates, downloads, rips, etc.
And that's all before you decide how to operate the bloody thing (apps) and what to operate it with (phone, tablet, remote, PC, TV...)
It feels like as much hassle if not more than analogue. Constant compatibility issues, inability to freely upgrade, nests of cables with questionable results...
All this advancement... and for what exactly?
Digital isn't a faff at all.
Its terminally ignorant audiophiles looking to solve problems that don't exist that's the issue..