OK Charles, I'll take the bait ;) ...
What DSP RIAA "decoder" do you recommend? Do you also do this for tapes (ie take a flat feed at
either head levels or no-EQ amplified level and decode in the computer)?
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Charles Lawson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] RIAA EQ software
> Tom Fine writes:
>>I recommend you try a good preamplifier matched properly to your
>>cartridge and then LISTEN to the two versions and see which you really
> I have done so repeatedly. DSP wins hands down. Sorry, Tom.
> Properly matched analog components sound very, very good...but the systems
> change over time and really can't be relied upon for repeatable results.
> (I have done transfers of the same discs with the exact same equipment and
> interconnects one year apart and was stunned by how different things
> sounded. When processed with DSP filters, results were too close for me
> to be able to hear a difference at all.)
> Also, analog EQ isn't necessarily applied equally to both
> channels...depending on system architecture and age of components. I am
> amused by those who don't trust DSP code but will trust a drying out
> electrolytic cap.
> Poorly implemented DSP is BAD, no question about it. Good DSP is
> Good analog design is TERRIFIC and can be very satisfying. However, you
> really have to be a tweaker and be willing to get inside your gear
> regularly to keep things operating properly. I had many years of that and
> don't miss it a lot.
> Charles Lawson <[log in to unmask]>
> Professional Audio for CD, DVD, Broadcast & Internet