What exactly is audiophile about viny and most especially this turn table?
I still have a LAB440 I bought in the 80, it has Wow & flutter < 0.05% WRMS & S/N 70 dB both of these beat this AT offering...... Neither of these specs is particularly good in terms of audio quality. Vinyl is prone to dust noise and has a much more limited dynamic range than tape. Um, this is why chrome tape was used for analogue mastering back in the day, not vinyl. Consumer tape got a bad name because almost no one serviced their tape players. Consequently, the drive would lose traction and slip, this caused the take up spool to loose tension and because nothing was cleaned, the tape would stick to the capstan and wrap around it and get destroyed. Also, the cheap and thin commercial tapes would stretch, causing distortion. Further, the tape deck motor governor would stick intermittently causing speed variations. All this caused by lack of service. So tape got a bad name despite it being the much superior media. I just don't understand this resurgence in vinyl, it is a very inferior media. CD has many orders of magnitude better dynamic range and S/N.
I'd say, it is true that mastering is poor these days. I get early release CDs and compare with remastering’s. Generally, the remastered CDs have poor dynamic range, having all sources at much the same level and all dynamic range squeezed out by over compression. The vocals get swamped out by instrumentation so there is not expression, no emotional engagement and no art. Hell, the engineers go and time correct every single note and noise in the whole thing, removing the swing and the performers art. They think they are correcting it, idiots with not art and no soul..... So I suppose the older recordings tend to have art at least, but are you listening to old artistic recordings or remastered sausage machine noise?
Anyway, there are some artists doing their own production these days and this the only place is where the art may be found these days, but not necessarily so. Depends on the artist and who they collaborate with of course.
In any case, despite the fact that I consider Nyquist a crock, CD is still far a superior format in terms of dynamic range and S/N than any of the analogue ones. It's just that it’s generally not utilised well. My issue with Nyquist is that while it can produce any audio frequency, it cannot map high frequency wave form shape accurately. It can only assume a sin wave form, not square, triangular or some complex shape. With only 2 data points per wave length, amplitude is highly phase dependant. I have don tests at different bit rates and bit depths, using the same software, same equipment and same analogue master chrome tape. While much music sounds pretty similar, there are obvious audible differences with other sounds. Results depend on what you are digitising. Even with all this though, CD at 44.1 kHz is still has a far greater potential for fidelity and expression than any of the analogue media hands down.
So, I suppose a valid reason for getting a turntable is to play artistic recordings that today’s labels are just not willing to produce but you are not likely to get that with remastered or modern recordings.
I suppose this will put the cat among the pigeons.