Originally Posted by DaveLadely
I know a few analogue enthusiasts who have nothing but tube preamps and tube amps, who listen to their LPs in stereo with a fine turntable/cartridge and are perfectly happy. Personally, i was always bothered by the compression of so many LPs and the tape hiss, but the sound can be awfully good with very high quality LPs in perfect condition. Years back, I would buy two LPs, one to play, the other to keep as a "master", since each play causes wear that eventually destroys the LP, though it might take a few years.
I have some lp from the 50s that still play perfectly. A misaligned cartridge and mishandling can destoy lps in no time.
p.s. Soon, I will change my b&K preamp-processor for something else, something better...used. Maybe Krell, classé, simaudio, bryston or anthem. they must have direct analog. I've read a lot, but I have not decided yet. It will depend on what's available.