Re: Assume sound quality is equal: Digital or Analog?
Excellent write-up, Duncan.
IMO, the practical benefits far outweigh any relatively small sonic advantages you *might* get - it's not as easy to find analog hold-outs as it used to be so the pool of expertise is an ever shrinking one.
BTW, I don't see digital as being fake in any way. It won't mask a poor performance or make a bad one sound good. There's not any smoke and mirrors going on; on man behind the curtain so to speak. At the end of the day, all those zeros and ones are voltage signals. The translation uses a different principal but it's no less valid. As long as the resolution is tighter than what you can hear, I don't see how it can be fundamentally inferior.
I can see how the words "digital" and "analog" evoke different emotional responses, but historically that's never been a good gauge of something's worth.