Digitised vinyl sound
Have those of you with rather posh turntables tried digitally sampling your turntable's output through a decent phono stage + decent A/D converter and if so how did the end result sound when played back through your system? Better, worse or just plain different?
I have recorded my collection of LPs and singles recently and find the quality was very good albeit I used £80 worth of equipment to perform the conversion off my 15 year old Linn Axis. For those well records that didn't need much or any cleaning up by sofware, the result was very good IMHO, especially 45RPM 12 inch singles. I would say the result was almost comparable to the turntable played directly, retaining the same "analogue qualities" of the original source, less bright and including similar levels of background/surface noise that equivalent direct digital sources don't seem to have. Where some cleanup was required due to scratches or clicks the post processing flattens the dynamics a bit, and filters off higher frequencies, so it sounds a bit softer and lacking attack.
On balance I am pleased with the result and it allows me to carry on enjoying my records (which I still keep) now that I no longer have a turntable.