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RE: Why are CDs digitized from master tapes?

Well, one obvious answer is that some of the drawbacks of CD sound do not orginate with the source material -- you'll hear them regardless of whether the source is an LP or tape, or analog or digital.
Another is, even the best, most minty LP pressings add some noise and distortion. Tape playback isn't perfect either (nothing is), but assuming top-of-the line tape playback beats top-of-the-line LP playback, why not use the tape?
Finally, and maybe most importantly, isn't the LP several generations further removed from the performance than the master tape? Whatever "sexy coloration" may be desirable, I assume it would be better to take the source closest to the performance and add whatever coloration is wanted while avoiding coloration that isn't wanted.

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