Jan Depner wrote:
I can tell the difference, if it's not done properly, and it isn't
entirely trivial to do it properly. For starters, you need a decent
soundcard ... I've tried the stereo mini-in jack on this laptop and also
on a couple of other older motherboards / soundblasters and the quality
is _nowhere_ near the quality I get out of the VXpocket v2 with balanced
inputs, and even that's probably at the lower end of the "prosumer"
range. Non-sound people I know can immediately tell the difference too.
I've heard enough badly ripped vinyl recordings that I don't really
trust the general populace to make analog-to-digital encodings of any
work. Admittedly there are more complex factors involved with vinyl
than with CD's, but if it's any indication ...
I would like to agree though, and also find copy protection of any sort
to be ridiculous, in that "if I can read it, I can copy it". It's just
that in practice there can be so many hoops to jump through that you
start asking, "why do I even want this in the first place?"