The fundamental truth about all recorded audio is that it can never equal a live perofmrnace. No matter how short or simply one makes the signal path, it will leave its sonic imprint on any media you care to name. Which in turn means that what we are hearing from a recorded media, be it vinyl or digital, is but an illusion.
To be sure, a very pleasant one, else we wouldn't be here. But it does make me wonder about the sense of buying outlandishly expensive components which cost say 10 times the cost of a decent piece of audio gear only to (possibly) relieve me of 1 or 2% of "The Veil", or the difference between recorded and live.
Ultimately, the question is: do we need to have the absolute truth to enjoy the music? And what are we listening to, the music or the gear? Obviously, to enjoy the music, we do need a credible system, but how credible is credible?
Where do you draw the line?
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