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We've been having a chat about music listening in the TL of @davereaboi

Dave is a vinyl guy. I'm a hi-res digital guy. But we both love tube amps. He just got a McIntosh MC-275 which I have as well & this was his first thoughts on enjoying it now

My retort (below) was not overly nice, but kinda funny and absolutely true. You accept a lower fidelity i.e. trueness to the sound as recorded, when listening to vinyl as I wrote about here while.

But let's dig deeper
The three biggest factors in sound recreation & listening are:
Source material & decoder
& Room acoustics

Hi-Fidelity means faithfulness to the original recording at the mastering desk in the studio when the musicians, engineers & producers give it a big thumbs up
Before we dig into fidelity
Let's accept different strokes for different folks

What you want from your listening experience greatly affects what you get

For vinyl aficionados the spinning disc & needle drop & perceived sound are all bonuses

For me they are distractions
For almost every recording now, including remasters & reissues, that results in a digital file w/24 bit depth & sampled at 96-196 khz.

If you listen to vintage vinyl you accept the inherent limitations of the era and miss the ability of modern tech to remove so non-music from it
Once this sonic perfection is achieved the decision is how to store it so it can be recreated

CDs compress to 16 bit 44.1 khz in a digital file of no more than 800mb

Records cut grooves in a vinyl disc

Hi- Rez surround uses the full file that came off the mastering desk
Next we decode the stored music

Vinyl uses a diamond bouncing along the grooves of a spinning disc to read the stored music

Hi-rez reproduces the exact file from the studio

Vinyl cannot approach the fidelity to the original of a BluRay
It creates a different sound entirely
As I said before
If you want the vinyl sound you sacrifice some fidelity for the added enjoyment of the vinyl/turntable/perceived warmth
The point is to enjoy it

If you want to hear exactly what the artist/engineer/producer did, then you play that file
Moving down the sound chain
Pre-amps & amps matter but much less than speakers & acoustics so make sure you have adequate power to run your speakers
Then buy the best speakers you can afford

Dave & I love McIntosh tube amps
But I'll cop to part of it being aesthetics
Now we hit speakers & these make a massive difference

They color the sound and vary hugely in their ability to reproduce the decoded music regardless of the source

I use Martin Logan electrostatics which uses a thin clear panel between two metal plates. They are hugely accurate
Dave uses Klipsch speakers which I also love and which are a great match for the vintage vinyl sound

This is the place where your personal views matter most
Buy something you like the sound of and spend as much as you can on them
The final variable
And it's huge
Is the acoustics of the room you listen in
Most rooms are awful & change the sound you hear more than anything else
You can fix that w/ acoustic treatments & I have
Bass traps in all four corners & acoustic panels (w/ cool art) on the walls
Room treatments can kill bad echoes & standing waves which will muddy up even the best sound

I also have a Trinnov pre-amp with a room processor that uses a 3-D mic at the listening spot to hear the remaining imperfections & correct them. It's the biggest bonus in the system
So we have now made it to the listening chair

All our gear & music choices are past
The real reason for all of this is to get some wonderful music into our world and enjoy it

Do that however it makes you happiest
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