I’m about to open a subjective can of worms here. I’m interested to hear the opinion of those who regularly play LPs as well as their digital front-ends.
For 11 years, I’ve enjoyed a Puccini + U-clock to spin CDs and (especially) SACDs. During that time, my analog front end has improved and the above-mentioned digital front end has remained the same. The gap between them has become noticeably large, in favor of analog. Some would say that’s not surprising, since the turntable + arm + cartridge + phono stage costs $160K and the Puccini/U-clock much less, and the Puccini is older. My choices were always biased toward the analog front end because I believed that a digital front end would never match it, no matter how expensive.
Well, that may be changing. I’m debating whether to upgrade to a Rossini or Vivaldi. I really don’t want to spend the $ because so much has already gone into the analog front end, but I will do it if I could attain a level of sound quality commensurate with the analog. Among those who regularly listen to both analog and dcs digital, can you honestly say that the digital front end is as satisfying? Does it meet or exceed what you expect to hear from analog, if the source material is top quality in both cases? I’ll assume that your analog side is of reference quality, since you’ve already spent lots of coin on the dcs gear.