Roy Boy wrote:Thanks for the feedback. It sounds promising. How close do you feel the rip sounds to the source vinyl? Not that I am planning to get rid of the vinyl...I am just wondering if the rip is good enough to replace listening to the vinyl in your main system. Thanks
In a blind test and using content with little bass, assuming a high quality DSD recorder and playback DAC, I can't imagine that anyone, audiophile or not, can reliably distinguish between DSD128 and vinyl. If the vinyl was recorded with the speakers off, then the DSD128 might be superior in the bass (no acoustical feedback).
Assuming a high quality PCM DAC, I seriously doubt anyone can reliably distinguish between 24/176 and 24/192 and the vinyl. 24/88 and 24/96 would be difficult, but not impossible, if you focus on violin, acoustic guitar, cymbals and soundstage depth. As with DSD, if the vinyl was recorded with the speakers off, the bass might be better on the recording because there is no feedback. And with PCM you can remove the clicks and pops.
I archived all of my vinyl, made a few comparisons to the vinyl, then sold all of my analog gear. Now, I listen exclusively to the vinyl recordings (with clicks and pops removed). I'd never, ever go back to listening to the discs.