Originally Posted by rgbyhkr
I have a TT on loan from my dealer while I am testing out how I like the experience...This just allows you to disassociate named HDMI inputs specifically from those names inputs for use with other inputs, right?
I have to smile, since I'm an old-er fart who grew up solidly in the 60's and 70's when vinyl was king
it's going to be more time-consuming than playing a shiny disc or ipod but there is a certain satisfaction involved
when you play a file or even disc, you can easily just use it as background noise, barely paying attention to the music while you're multitasking or doing chores because it doesn't wear out and it can almost be treated as a throwaway experience. but once you lower than cartridge on a spinning LP, knowing that every time you play it, just a tiny little bit of wear occurs, so you tend to really focus on the sound and the music.
and while there are thousands of examples of well-engineered CD's, I can honestly tell you that some times, the vinyl will sound more 3 dimensional, more holographic. that may be one reason why vinyl is seeing a resurgence with audiophiles.
I have experienced this myself many times, playing both versions. the very 1st SpyroGyra album with the pop-jazz tune Morning Dance on it. the CD is flat, one plane dimensional, lifeless - while the spread between the speakers is excellent and there's the digital advantage of no vinyl noise, there is no depth to the sound-stage, all sound is in one plane, and this is even using a $3000 Sony SACD/CD player of high renown. on the other hand, the original LP from the 80's is very 3 dimensional, where there's clear delineation between instruments and layering front to back in the front soundstage and this is stereo, no surround processing! I ruined that LP years ago by spraying some antistatic "preservative" that put pits in the grooves and it's trashed. last year I scored a half speed mastered audiophile pressing of the LP on 'bay and couldn't be happier. there just isn't any comparison between the CD & either of the LP's. the LPs are clearly superior sounding with more realism.
I can give you many other examples but I'd be boring you
you need to experience it for yourself. for the record, I am definitely not anti-digital, not at all. I own many hundreds of CD's, SACD's, and DVD-A's, even a few files. and all of the SACD's/DVD-A's I own are excellent audiophile quality, and most of the CD's I have do sound excellent to very good. but there are recordings that do have a better sound quality on vinyl, to me anyway.
if you really get the bug, try looking at existing library of Mobile Sound Fidelity Labs LPs and try to find some of their "classics" from the 70's & 80's on ebay and amazon. I have an MFSL LP or Fleetwood Mac self-titled with Rhiannon, Crystalline, that is phenomenal and many other jazz & rock MFSL LP's that will give you an idea of what good vinyl can sound like. Sheffield Labs is another now-defunct audiophile label from the late 70's-80's that had some fantastic recordings. I don't know much about the current crop of audiophile pressings sold at Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc & Music Direct but many "classic" records of all genres are there to buy
I hope your dealer is getting you a decent TT to try out with a decent cartridge. over the years I had 2 Duals and recently retired the 2nd functioning one. I currently use a Music Hall MMF-7 & replaced the last Dual with a Rega RP6 w/Dynavector 20XL moving coil cartridge. I have 2 because I have a vintage Sansui quad system and I shifted the MMF to quad LP playback duties. I use the Rega for stereo.
I am set for the rest of my life to enjoy my extensive LP collection
if you get the bug, my guess is you'll want a better phono preamp than the one in the receiver. let your dealer guide you since you are a rookie on types of cartridges. there are preamps for high output moving magnet & moving coil cartridges, ones made for low output moving coils and ones that can do both by changing settings. the one in receivers is for moving magnets which are all high outout, very common & tend to be more reasonably priced.
welcome to the world of Analog Audio
I hope you enjoy it.