I've been fond of lecturing my idiot friends that reconstituted audio, like reconstituted orange juice, might be free of pops, ticks and pits, but there's no hiding which one is more natural and closer to the sound, the feel of live music.
If minimalism has discernible impact by intruding least on the original signal, surely the byt-ification and re construction of sampled audio is the very worst case antithesis available to the audio reproduction chain.
So I had a gathering of friends who had concluded that digital was logically better than analog reproduction. I played then Take Five from a nexus cd over a decent digital system. Squeeze box with Monica3 outboard dac and custom power supply.
Then I played it on my much updated Sondek--staggeringly better. They didnt want to believe the undeniable evidence of their own senses. It was pretty funny.
"But, but but...how much was the turn table relative to the digital system?" I was asked. It hardly matters, if the argument was that digital is inherently superior.
Of course, better digital systems, and higher sampling rate digital recordings will sound better than wgphat I have now, but I dont ever listen to digital. The record player sounds so good, I'll continue to upgrade that.
And I'l probably get more electronics from Roy and Bob.
Keep 'em spinning boys!