This thread was started by moving the following post from another thread. I’d been struck by this quote:
“Poorly done digital is dissonant to the human physiology because of the nature of the distortion.” - Frank Malitz of Carver
I often have physiological reactions to analog and digital sound, and wonder what it is about them that leads to those reactions. Picking back up with the original post:
And pardon the following exposition in this thread devoted to the Terse. Sir Elkington - feel free to whisk it off to a more appropriate venue. (Have to say here that the useage of the word “puff” in this regard turns my stomach).
However, much recent experience has informed me FORCEFULLY that Frank’s observation from a couple of years ago at Axpona, in the context of discussing servers, is right on point. Use your collective imaginations - I can’t discuss it publicly. Only talking digital in very general terms, and not making any sort of predictions or pronouncements about any sort of class or type of product in particular. As those you might imagine I might be referring to don’t exist in my experience.
Despite being alive, working and buying recording gear for work and listening pleasure since Before the Dawn of Digital in the 80’s, I have rarely ceased to have issues with digital vs. analog. Maybe I’m Old-School. So sue me.. There is a Continuity to Analog that is only recently beginning to be approached by the best digital in many ways, AT - I hasten to add - the price points we typically deal with hereabouts.
Also - despite the comparative rarity of my ongoing inabilty to listen to Windom for any extended length of time on either the Jr. or Sr. (with particular respect to specific areas of the midrange, and independent of its positive qualities on the Top and Bottom – which seems to be what everybody goes on about) - I’d apply Frank’s observation to the difference in these recent-ish Mountaintops (Windom being a year old at this point).
Which, when compared to differences in DACs is nowhere near as profound.
Though I would say that the difference in the Mountaintops has been at times at least as significant, and sometimes moreso, than the differences in a lot of iterations of say, Sabre-based DACs over the past decade. This is not to say that I don’t either like or appreciate Sabre DACs. Have and have owned plenty of 'em. So - far from it. But Time Marches On, Praise Jah
Recent renewed interest in Ladder DACs due in part to ( OMG!) Direct Sales! of same from Singapore. US of A’s dCS’s cheapest one being multiples of the cost. But I don’t think any of this can be encompassed or Explained or Accounted For by any discussion of price. Unless individuals can give us firsthand experience with each. Then that is One Vote in each case. But a more Valid Vote in my estimation than 100 Pundits Speculating.
Sheesh - Been reading too much Dickens lately…