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Old 20th August 2019
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Originally Posted by bgrotto View Post
DAT is merely a storage medium. It's no better or worse in terms of sound quality than the DAW you use, save for its 48khz limitation (a non-issue unless you're working at 88.2 or higher). And it was significantly higher-resolution than CDs.

Have you ever used DAT? Or more specifically, have you ever printed an analog mix in parallel to DAT and compared the outcome to other formats? What exactly gets lost?
No, I did not use DAT, and it does not invalidate my point. The thing is, 48 kHz limitation is the very limitation of fidelity observed on different prosumer systems while ABing ADDA against the analogue source (mic feed or vinyl) or at different sample rates. Lost gets the depth or 3d space as well as the air around and the body of individual instruments.