Originally Posted by incubator
No mate, sorry.
USB anything on a turntable means it's a toy for people who buy vinyl because it's cool. Fact. No one makes good turntables with USB, it's just not done.
Best case scenario you spent ~$400 on a Project Carbon USB and then bought an external preamp and spent another ~$200 or so upgrading the stylus and cartridge.. but if you're going to do that then you wouldn't have bought a turntable with USB in the first place.
You're simply not qualified to talk about sound quality. It's really silly and irresponsible to say that this bootleg sounds better than the digital downloads it was sourced from. It's 1. impossible and 2. if it were possible your toy turntable wouldn't track well enough for you to hear the magic anyway. Some poor kid is going to read your guff and end up spending $400 for this bootleg thinking they're getting something good when really you're just trying to justify how much you spent.
No, you're drunk. The Denon DP-450 is six hundred fucking dollars and it's got a USB output for recording shit. Maybe you honestly believe you need to spend a four-digit figure on every. Single. Piece of equipment in your setup, but that's only the case if you want to relive the experience of being the guy in the Maxell tape ad. And that's not just a high-end setup, that's arguably lunacy.
If something in the neighborhood of six hundred IS a toy to you, you've utterly lost perspective on what good sound quality means to the average listener. My turntable does its job just fine, thank you.
You're also assuming - understandably - that this thing is sourced from digital downloads. I'm questioning even that, as unlikely as it sounds.
The whole fucking reason I brought this to light is because yes, I do think it sounds really good, enough that I'm wondering if maybe someone out there either did a new rip from one of the originals, or maybe has ahold of Billy's master tapes, or, yes, even did some editing fuckery of their own.
And hey, you think I want people to go out and spend hundreds on this thing? I don't. That's one of the reasons I'm offering to get a rip out there. So maybe people won't have to do that if they're curious, and the original spirit of keeping MII out there for free is fucking adhered to, no matter what the release.
And if a USB rip isn't considered good enough by most, I'm more than willing to take it somewhere and get it done professionally. Simple as.
So don't make assumptions about my intentions, and please, take your elitist bullshit elsewhere, thanks.