Excellent I like hearing anything negative about digitised recordings. I've been bidding on a Revox G36 and a Revox E36 reel-reel decks. They are both vacuum tube units, big and heavy. Now it's getting close to end of auction, I'm wondering if I'll be more relieved than disappointed if I'm outbid on them.
I concur about Vinyl vs digital. Ive never had the "blown away" effect with C.ds as I used to get listening to vinyl. I remeber listening to a rolling stones album in my dads collection and salivating about how good "street fighting man" sounded, on C.D it just dosent have the warmth or depth. Surely now some engineer couldve come up with some way of getting that vinyl warmth onto shiny disc?.
It's not that C.D.s can't do that, it's just that it requires, having to go through a lot of listening tests to different C.D. player - amp - headphone / speaker combinations until you've found the one which brings it out. But don't buy anything until you've done this for a year. And always use the same C.D. each store you visit.
Here's an idea, armed with the Blues Attack CD, say your looking for a system that captures the analogue warmth you mentioned. Then get the assistant to critique the C.D. asking them what they think the best rig for this type of music. The difference between systems can be quite stark, and the interesting bit is finding how different the same songs can sound. If you're in a town with time to kill and it's raining, a hi-fi store with a listening room - doesn't cost anything, sit in comfort and by the time you leave the shop, they're going to know who the Rebels are. ;D