Originally Posted by mobius.media
I think if there is any expectation of perfection from digital capture and playback, it is because that is what the digital propagandists have been advertising for years.
Also, the individuals who design this stuff 24/7 and would know why it's not possible to, for example, get a converter to null its own loopback (whether due to analog imperfections, ADC/DAC chip imperfections, or both), aren't in the market of talking up the practical flaws of their format or products.
So we're left to speculate.
I'll be the first to admit I'm a victim of that propaganda. I would love for a converter designer to chime in and really discuss the flaws of the format and elaborate on the limitations and possibilities. That's what I'm really after. I don't want to speculate.
I know Teddy Ray has often cited some really esoteric and high end converters that may be capable of improved capture. It's not financially possible for me to own any of those units, but it surely would be interesting to hear how well some of those really high end units can capture an analog source in comparison to what I know.