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JohnOPhonic wrote:Other than having a "portable" FLAC option, is there any advantage to the PONO vs. a high-end sound card from a PC into my favorite tube preamp/amp?
My interest in hearing FLACs are mostly for personally recorded vinyl. I too find that if one records a good vinyl recording on a system with good ADC's into 24-bit FLAC, the end result sounds (to these ears) indistinguishable. One retains the warm feel of the vinyl and this may have to do more with the RIAA EQ that comes along than anything else. The FLAC recording does pick up all the crackle as well that might be part of it and maybe it's simply a nostalgic reaction that I'm favoring. I certainly do not hear any compression artifacts like I would on MP3.