Agreed - it ain't worth it - starting from scratch.Don't get me wrong, I have a few records and still buy them but, if I were starting again ......
Well said sir! My situation is that I decided to return to vinyl about 10 years ago. Pretty much the same issues as you. However I have kept my vinyl rig (modded SL1200 series). I don't mind the pops and crackles as they are still less distraction than the rustles, coughs etc in a live concert. What does get my goat is a persistent tic where you get a click on a regular time interval ie once a revolution. The anticipation is totally distracting. However a cart with a good stylus will sit away from the surface. This has to be combined with fastidious setup - think alignment, azimuth, tracking force etc. Now the stylus is not subject to surface imperfections. So in my experience vinyl noise can be brought to within acceptable limits.I‘m 41 now and CD generation, I miss the tangible part of looking at the collection, putting something on and the stacks of cases in the leaving room. Vinyl always seemed attractive due to the tangible part, history, artwork and I like old stuff, add that to the amount of enthusiasm surround by it on forums like these.
So started with vinyl a couple (5-6) years back and always had a love/hate relationship with it, then received approximately 200 LPs from a friend on loan which wear practically a rock/prog-rock goldmine. In the meanwhile moved up the chain from old AKAI/JVC-somewhat via Thorens TD160 to Technics SL1200G, swapped some carts MM-MC etc on the way.
The SL1200G with Linn Adikt was on par with my Akurate streamer, I loved the TT itself as an object, it oozes quality IMHO but my god the pops and crackles drove me up the wall. Second hand LP’s are hit and miss and the new ones a tad to expansive to my taste. Tried washing with als sorts of solutions, rags, brushing, inner sleeves and other YouTube-Voodoo, however the bad taste remained. Sold the lot last year at last to better owner, never missed it and my streamer has at least 2 hours airtime per day.
Understandable medium if you grew up with it, but to start with it no. Hifi’s biggest money-pit/black-hole/worm-can AFAIK.
Me too.My vinyl went years ago, couple of thousand LPs. I hated the whole business of setting up a turntable, cleaning records, replacing cartridges and getting up every 25m to change the record. Madness.
Happy with everything on my Mac Pro and all the sounds on an external Hard Disc. Having ripped the CDs I want, they're in storage. I love playlists - so convenient.
I like both and have managed to ignore the pops and crackle. Unless they are loud.Gave up on vinyl about twenty years ago. (Linn LP12/SME Series 2/ ADC ZLM)
Listening to Classical music on CD, minus the snap crackle and pop, was a revelation.
Server, streamer, and internet these days...even better.
Yes , the sounds better is rubbish .I never regretted going from vinyl to digital... And I never get drawn into discussions about which "sounds better" as the sheer convenience of digital playback more than outweighs the subjective qualities of playing a record.
An Ikemi, something to admire. Still kinda eyeing on them.I gave up my excellent Linn Ikemi when I discovered this streaming malarkey.
Bought a NAS and ripped all my silver discs.
Would never give up my vinyl collection /LP12 replay system.
So today I have the luxury of streaming AND the bliss of that black plastic stuff!.
I went Yamaha CDxx, AMC CDxx, Linn Mimik, Linn Genki and then Squeezbox touch with Musical Fidelity DAC endend up with Linn streamer so somewhat of the same path.Latecomer to cd's ...while the majority were ditching their vinyl I was buying/collecting as much as I could afford!. Started with Marantz cd63 se..then I walked into Stereo Stereo in Glasgow. Bought a Mimik. Was at the launch of the CD12 in the above shop...nearest I've come to one since!. Then I upgraded to the Ikemi which had the same drawer mech as the 12. Then I investigated streaming and bought a Squeezebox/Duet/ Logitech Transporter. Linn's early DS's weren't a patch on the Transporter mainly because their radio function was poor. Couple of years later I bought the shops dem ADS a grown up affair with the new casework. Had it upgraded to Katalyst in 2018. Then Selekt/Organik and the writing on the wall was clear that Linn's excellent Akurate line was a dead end. Bought a KDS3/Katalyst and yesterday had the new Utopik p/supply fitted.I never took to the Selekt styling of the NGKDSM....always thought the milled from solid was a beautiful piece of hifi artwork...it ; my KDS/Organik with Utopik sits on the top shelf of my Qaudraspire rack in stealthy black .