Mit gondolnak a tisztelt fórumtársak erről?
"I found this very interesting article, in which Doug Sax and other legendary mastering engineers compare a live mike feed with direct-to-disc, digital master recording, and analogue master recording.
The direct-to-disc was judged the superior medium, and the digital, the worse medium. Lots of praise for the quality of the direct-to-disc playback.
But the interesting thing is that the pickups used for this record playback (of such high quality that they would fool an engineer into believing they were listening at the live feed), weren't moving coil cartridges...
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What cartridge, what exotic audiophile wonder of disc playback, was producing these marvels? What cartridge could have the "lowest distortion of all," "uncanny" resolution, better than master tapes? The answer is (I wish I could put a page turn here): The Stanton 881 Mk II, retail price $180.
The scene shifts. Kavi Alexander, auteur of the remarkable Water Lily Acoustics series of analogue vinyl discs, is monitoring disc production by comparing test pressings to the master tape. What cartridge is he using? Another moving magnet, this time the Technics EPC 100, Mark IV, unfortunately no longer available in the US. But he describes the Audio Technica ATML-170 as very similar, and very close to the actual sound of the tape. In this comparison, he says, virtually no moving coil does so well; most have seriously apparent colorations.
The contrast between these views of moving magnet cartridges and usual audiophile opinion is striking. On the one hand, we have -e assurances of these leaders of the High End recording industry that the best moving magnets are very close to the master tape (or live mike feed, for direct to disc) and that they are capable of "uncanny" resolution.2 On the other hand, we have the prevailing perception, amounting almost to a shibboleth, of the High End listening community, that only moving coils are realistic in some sense of that word and that moving magnets are incapable of sonic truth. While it is clearly beyond the scope of a single review to resolve this conflict entirely, a couple of points come to mind.