I really hate it that the thread deteriorated to politeness and died! Could you pleeease start over?
Even on another topic!
I had no idea that everyone on this otherwise oh-so-polite board was so interested in yeha
(who was and remains wrong) and me (who is and continues to be right) and others going back and forth on something so very much off-topic as audio AC cables et al. (so much so that we were kicked out of two other threads after taking them over!). I am sorry, I am not a videophile... if only I were I suppose our days could once again be lightened by another great flaming firefight. Alas it is not to be. I would be happy to argue political science with any one who is interested, but I don't do politics (I don't even vote), so I don't suppose anyone else would be much interested.
The big difference between vinyl and CD/DVD-A/SACD is that vinyl is analogue, and the others are digital. Digital is good in terms of suppressing noise elements (scratches), but is limited to a particular level of fidelity. It's also very dependent on the quality of the A->D and D->A converters.
I agree fully. Despite what others have said here, it is analogue, not digital with the inherent fidelity advantage. Ultimately, (almost) all amplifiers must amplify an analog signal and all (all) speakers reproduce sound by transforming an analog/electrical signal into motion. Because analogue doesn’t have to go A/D, D/A, it has an advantage. If you cannot take the surface noise, that is certainly your call and you ought not to have to listen to analogue if you “cannot take it.” There I go again, being all civil, I am sorry.
As far as integrated amps go, there are certain compromises that must be made. On the other hand, however, I think that there are a great many advantages
to combining a (known) pre-amp and (companion) amp in one box. I think that manufacturers have not taken the concept as far as they could have--do I think, in all truth, to hi-end snobbery. This may all be a-changin’ as you would know if you’ve seen the raves that a pair of hot new hybrid integrateds from Musical Fidelity
and DK Design Group
have been getting (alas, I have yet to hear either myself… though yeha
may can save himself the trouble of bothering and just read the specs from the comfort of his computer chair… or listening chair… or whatever).
Wellllllllllllll, that's about it. I am sorry… I shall try to be more controversial next time.