This project is the result of my disappointment and dissatisfaction of digital sound, which stretches back to the late 80s when I was careless enough to switch from analog to digital setup – the so called “revolution of the future”. While having very modest entry level audio system at the time (turntable with built-in phono-preamp for about $300, integral tube-amplifier and speakers – all together for about $1,500) I had incredible satisfaction listening to good LP Records, each time getting a huge release of endorphins in my brain.
Later, due to certain circumstances I did not listen to music for a few years and even sold my TT with the whole collection of my LPs.
I returned to listening to the music already as a victim of digital progress with a costly CD Player.
You know, we all have favorite albums that sounded best on your system and you often listened to. The first thing I did – I bought these albums in the best (Collector edition – special edition) quality available published on CDs. And then I tried listening to them for the first time – in the same room, with the same amplifier and speakers that I used to. We have some memory of the sound, some expectations for what should happen. I was simply shocked – the impression was that someone sucked all the juice, all the life out of these records. I then went to all of my friends to try their setup with these records – the result was the same everywhere. I was very disappointed. Practicality and progress won, but the beauty and all the magic of the sound disappeared as well as emotion and pleasure of listening to it.
It was the first disappointment, and sadly, not the last one. For the last almost 30 years, I have repeatedly made attempts of digitizing Vinyl, trying to at least draw near the magic of Vinyl in the digital domain. I used various TT system (including very expensive ones), a variety of professional equipment and software, but the result was always inadequate.
There was a clear boundary, a barrier that separated the two worlds – analog (LP) and digital, always in favor of the first one.
Only a few years ago a completely new concept of digitizing Vinyls appeared, proposed by Dr. Rob Robinson (Channel D) who implemented it in his revolutionary software – Pure Vinyl.
This concept and the latest technical accomplishments of professional digital audio equipment (now available to me) brought on vinyl digitization to a radically different level.
Almost two years of endless recording, testing, comparing and selection of components (devices and cables) gave a stunning result which exceeded all of my expectations.
Dr. Rob Robinson noted that Pure Vinyl is:
Linking analog LP playback with the precision of high-resolution digital music reproduction
Single point of integration for analog and digitally sourced music.
I totally agree with him, and just want to note: In tandem with quality equipment Pure Vinyl is not just a bridge that connects the two worlds of audio – it’s a real highway!
Therefore, I invite you to listen to short demos of the digitized LP Records and share your experience and observations.