How would you categorize your audio system?

How would you categorize your audio system?
All analog
2% (6 votes)
All digital
25% (80 votes)
Mostly analog
22% (72 votes)
Mostly digital
27% (88 votes)
Even mix of the two
23% (75 votes)
Total votes: 321

It's been a decade since the analog vs. digital debate began. Where has your system ended up?

Gregg Olson's picture

The "system components" are about equal. However, my analog/digital listening habits mirror the ratio of my software. I own 4000 LPs and 200 CDs. I listen to LPs 20x more than CDs . . . amazing.

Curtis Heisey's picture

I basically didn't put together a system or start a collection until 1988, so the decision was pretty clear, based on music availablitiy. My system is all CD, except for a tuner. It is a shame that the original CD specification was not for 96Khz smapling and 24 bit resolution.

Simon Ong's picture

It easier to get CD today Than to get a tape , after CD offer better sound .

Louis Perlman's picture

It get's really expensive to go above Class C analog. There is nothing between the Rega and Graham arms, for example. Then, you need to spend another 2G on a cartridge, and make sure that your phono section is up to the task, and buy yet another set of expensive interconnects. Until all of this happens, the investment won't be fully realized. Although I believe that analog is superior to digital, there is a lot of good music that has not been reissued, or that is digital to begin with, and I am not going to live without it waiting until I can invest $6-8000 on my analog rig.

Joe's picture

My FM tuner is not counted.

Michael E.  Colwell's picture

My system includes old and new technology: JoLida vacuum tube amp with a Denon DP-73F 'table with grado signature cartrige, with a DVD, with Dolby digital on one end. CD in the middle with a Theta Chroma D/A, with AA DTI v 2.0 as a jitter filter. Transport is a Pioneer combi with AA digital cables, Monster/Transparent interconnects, and Kimber speaker cables Go figure! Mike

Lance Huntley's picture

Digital when I have to, analog when I can

Anonymous's picture

I still enjoy analog alot, but I really hate

Russ Prince's picture

Each has its strengths and weaknesses. For pure emotional involvement, though, you cannot beat vinyl.

Dan Dicker's picture

I have 600 records and about 70 CD's

Douglas Scott's picture

Of course, the system is analog---amplifiers and speakers are analog items. As to sources, the turntable's cost won out over the CD player until I bought an AR CDT-1 transport; now I'd like to sell it because it's just too damn much money to have tied up to play CDs!

Marshall Otwell's picture

I never thought I'd have a stereo that sounds this good (and I'm still under $10k for gear).

Gerald Platt's picture

Almost 100% LP's in home listening. CD's are handy for car and background.

Louis O.  McFarlane's picture

Quad, Quad, Quad, Quad, Muse, Oracle,

CGK's picture

My system is evenly balanced Analog/digital, at the moment. Only time will tell...?

P Francke's picture

more hdcd more hdcd more hdcd more hdcd more hdcd more hdcd

Mel Davis's picture

Really just rediscovering analog after 15 years listening to CDs. Now I have good gear (Lyra Parnassus, Melos SHA Gold, Krell KSA-200S, NHT 3.3s). I am kicking myself for putting up with the generally inferior sound of CDs all this time! Even with my Meridian 508.24, identical performances on LP mostly sound more detailed, more involving, more enjoyable, than their digital counterparts. From here on, I will collect all the good vinyl I can lay my hands on.

Dan's picture

Tube Amps, Tube PreAmp, LP, CD Player and D/A

G.  Hadley's picture

My system like most is more analogue than digital. I do have a digital front end but that is the extent of it. Call me weird, but I like the idea of putting on a little shiny disc, hitting play and NOT hearing the inevitable groove noise.

Rick Fauska's picture

Only recently has my CD collection surpassed my LP collection. Seems the '60s, '70s, and early '80s created a lot of choices in good-quality music. Oops, I'm showing my age.

Waldemar Okon's picture

Right now I'm all digital, but I recently started to dream about getting a TT and buying LPs. There are so many of them out there at a fraction of the cost of CDs, and they do sound better, I think. From what my ears heard: warm, open sound. So, only being 21 and in school, I may still end up analog!

Rick Ratliff's picture

No contest . . . my Rega Planar 3 smokes even a Marantz CD-17, which ain't too bad a CD device. My wife says so too. Of course, I do use a tube phono section---a Precesion Fidelity C7-A revised, a great little dedicated phono section! And Rogers Studio 5s, which are VERY open.

Robert Boyer's picture

My system would be evenly mixed were it not for my passion for an old Revox A-77. Still, I find that I can do a more musical sounding analog system at a given price point than a digital system. Software costs aren't as outrageous, either, if you know where to look.

Thomas M.  Kost's picture

While digital has come a long way in the past ten years, analog still has a depth and feel that digital cannot match.

Bryan L Newlun's picture

Would like to improve the analog end of things

Chrissi McCormick's picture

It's just easier.

Chris Johnson's picture

I recently came back to vinyl, and it was the biggest upgrade in my system's history. A good RCA LSC Shaded Dog on a $200 Technics turntable with Ortofon MC cartridge beats my $1200 CD player on any CD every time.

Mel Hutchinson's picture

Digital is just too easy. I am lazy and enjoy the convenience of digital. I also love the fact that I can use one medium between my listening room, car, and bedroom. Digital has such low maintenance that it can be left on all the time and even forgotten inside the transport. Analog sounds better, especially on vocal music. I have to be aware not to let some excellent music lull me to sleep.

Michael J.  Rodriguez's picture

In terms of expense, the digital portion of our system outweighs analouge. Between the Krell Kps 20i and the Sony DTC 2000ES they represent a considerable amount of the hardware budget. This is not to say that analouge has been ignored. The Sumiko Project6 turntable with its Blue point Special cartridge happily run through an Audible Illusions Modulus 3a preamplifier that was chosen for among other attributes its excellent phono stage. We also spend a good bit of listening time with our Magnum Dynalab FT101A tuner. Software is about evenly divided, but bear in mind that we have been collecting digital for only about fourteen years. The next upgrade planned for the system? An Oracle turntable with a Benz Micro Glider cartridge! So goes the Yin and Yang of this system.

John Henshell's picture