Analog First Timer.

I would like to take the analog plunge. I hear time & time again how a proper analog set-up is by far better in sound quality & soundstage than a much more expensive digital set-up. I am currently running the Wadia 270-27ix clocklinked digital running through a BAT VK50SE pre-amp. What analog components would you recommed that would outperform; in all facets; my current digital set-up. Also what analog components player a bigger role in soundstage & sound quality.
Thank You.
I just got my analogue set up to the level of the rest of my system, and now I listen to vinyl about the same as I listen to cd's.

You didn't say whether or not you are a big "record collector" type of person. I am, and the truth is there are bad sounding lp pressings just like there are bad sounding cd issues. So, it certainly isn't the case that any LP will always sound b etter than cd. Some lp's just plain stink.

But plenty of lp's sound great, and there are tons of great sounding records out there. These days, I buy all of my rock new releases on vinyl if they are released in that format, because there is a touch of body and warmth and stereo depth that is not quite there in my digital one.

No recommendations for specific analogue gear. Others who post here have more experience than me listening to a wider range of analogue gear. No dealer in my area has a turntable to demo!!!

Extremephono's right on the money...

What's so special about the Rega tonearms?

Answer: It says 'Rega'; it's 'British'; it's 'high end'.

Since I own a 'DJ turntable' I did not want to write anything derogatory about the Rega tonearms. However, I think all that stuff is way overrated (including the European glass and particle board turntables). Truth is, Skiidman, one of those old SME tonearms on a good platform and a high output MC will give you a decent entry in analog. I bought the 'DJ turntable' because I have twice as many albums as CDs (600 vs 300) and I wanted the best, most reliable new TT under $1000.

Question: Do you have any albums at all?
Take the plunge! But first define for yourself what "facets" of sound quality are a priority for you. It's going to be hard if not impossible to find an analogue set-up that sounds better, in every respect, than a top notch digital set-up. However, IMO a good analogue set-up, and Albert's recommendation is a good one, will do certain things that even the best digital cannot do. This has been dicussed over and over again here, and I encourage you to look up related posts; and many will disagree strongly. Specifically, I refer to things likes subtle timbral differences between the sounds of acoustic instruments and likewise subtle details in the area of rhythm or "groove" in a performance.

If acoustic and minimally processed music is your bag, I think you'll find that analogue is definitely worth the investment in money and effort. Pay attention to placement and setup of your turntable! The very subtlety of the things that analogue excells in can be destroyed by carelessness; but depending on your personality, the tweaking can be great fun and educational. If electric or processed music is your thing , I'm not so sure that it's all worth the effort. Although just this morning I was listening to Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" on vinyl and I've to say that the sound of the drum set and even electric guitar are natural (accurate)in a way that you just don't hear on pop records anymore.

If you do take the plunge, and need reassurance, go hear some live music and then compare. I think you'll be surprised. Good luck and have fun.