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I love digital...

I also love vinyl and I have a fair number of LPs. However, when it comes to digital, it's just so much more convenient than vinyl.

Now, if you think vinyl sounds better than digital, I've found a simple solution to circumvent that issue. I find that digital copies of LPs sound basically the same as vinyl -- so much so that I'm just as happy when listening to a digital copy of an LP as I am when listening to the LP itself.

Copying vinyl records to other media formats has always been an integral part of my audio hobby. I originally used open reel tape recorders. Then I graduated to cassette even though cassette tape didn't sound as good as open reel. It was simply more convenient and just about everyone I knew owned a cassette tape recorder. Furthermore, the Nakamichi Dragon cassette tape recorder came pretty darn close to sounding as good as open reel.

When digital audio tape recorders hit the market I discovered just how accurate digital was after making my first digital copy of a vinyl record. I was basically blown away. My first digital recording of vinyl didn't sound like digital at all. To my ears it sounded just like vinyl. Nowadays, I copy vinyl to 5.6-MHz DSD and it sounds perfect to me. I'm really amazed at just how close it sounds to vinyl. Well, to be perfectly honest, I can't tell the difference. Therefore, if you're one of those audio enthusiasts who thinks vinyl sounds better than digital, you can actually have your cake and eat it, too. All you have to do is make digital copies of vinyl.

Best regards,
John Elison

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