Digital is far better than vinyl

I have invested a decent sum of money into my digital setup, including a decent streamer (Innuos Zenith MK3), a very good dac (Denafrips Terminator 2), Eno filter, and good cabling. But after being told by many here that vinyl is vastly superior to digital, I thought let’s build an analog system and see what all the fuss is about. So this is what I did ...

I picked up an Audio Technica TT from Amazon for around $299. I then used one of the older integrated amps with a built-in phono, which I believe I paid around $500 a few years ago. And, finally, just to even out the playing field I bought the cheapest possible cables from alibaba. Since I didn’t have extra rack space to put the TT on, I got a couple of bricks and built a DIY platform for it.

So after listening to the analog setup for a few days, I can proclaim without a shadow of doubt that digital is far, far superior than vinyl on any given day, and twice a day on Sunday.

What has been your experience? And please, don’t mention your gear or any special. cartridges, isolation, etc. Not interested in your system details. I just want to make sure you guys understand that digital is far, far superior than vinyl.


Digital vs vinyl, chocolate vs vanilla. Whem I dad a decent tt/cartridge,that being a heavily modified Rega 3 with a Sumiko MMT tonearm,  SotaTone Cones and Bluepoint cartridge, it was lovely BUT the PITA of record cleaning, VTA adjustment et al became painful, never mind the quest to find decent quality records.

At the same time a Meitner D/A with a good Denon CD player used as a transport had me realize that digital was cleaner, with greater dynamic range, and far more convenience.


The euphoric distorsions of analog are addictive but harkening back to my years of playing in a symphonic band told me which was more accurate and fulfilling.

Digital has improved quite a bit, particularly in the last 5 years. 
Can actually have enjoyable listening experiences with digital these days.

that said you are either trolling or have no understanding of a good setup. 

pretty pointless test you did with your stated setup. 

"And please, don’t mention your gear ..."

That's like saying "Yugo is better than Lexus, but don't tell me what kind of car you have, just agree with me."

Good lord! I continue to be amazed at the lack of humor or reading comprehension, or perhaps both, on display here. I thought the absurdity of the ludicrous comparison between the systems was a dead giveaway that this was intended to be satire. Many of you got the joke, but it’s amazing how many just never bothered to read the subsequent commentary by myself and many others.

Just to re-iterate (please read my previous post for context) ... no, I don’t think vinyl is inferior to digital in any way. The original post was not about the superiority of one format over the other. The main point was that many people who are seriously into analog have this pre-conceived notion that digital is just ones and zeros and therefore they do not put as much money or thought when building their digital frontends. Usually, the comparison is lopsided. Either that, or they might have given a half-hearted shot at digital a few years ago and were disappointed. Apparently, the obvious satire sailed over the heads of many vinyl lovers.

Of course, as we can see from many posts here, there are audiophiles who have invested equally well (not just in terms of $$$ but also research) in both formats. Not surprisingly, there is no consensus here either. Some still prefer vinyl, while some feel their digital is on par with their vinyl setup. The key is to realize that digital has come a long way in the last few years. And just like anything else in this hobby, you need to pay attention to everything in the chain. For digital this includes the router, switch, filters, better cabling, and other means of improving the sound.

At the end of the day, you might still prefer vinyl over digital, or vice versa. And that’s okay. But at least bring some parity between the two frontends,