I told my buddy I’d help him convert his Vinyls to a digital format. This is easy enough to do (or so I’ve read) at CD-Quality, but since I can never leave well enough alone, I was wondering about grabbing hi-def audio from the vinyls.
I know there is much debate as to weather the average human ear can distinguish between 16-bit/44.1KHz and 24-bit/96Khz. I also know how forum discussions can spiral out of control. I don’t wish to have this debate, and if you do please try to stop yourself from responding.
I just want to know if it’s feasible (not futile) to actually capture the stream in hi-def, and if so to get some recommendations as to components of this system …
Working from the Source…
My buddy spent a lot of money on a Vinyl Player, so I assume it’s “good enough”. I don’t have the Make/Model/Specs on me right now, but if this is a matter of debate I’d be happy to grab them. It has only RCA-Out which brings me to:
I haven’t been able to find anything that says that RCA cables are not suited for HD-Audio. I just assume get some ‘good cables’ and make it happen. Does anyone have any recommendations as to a brand?
The Phono Preamp:
We need one of these. Is a model in the $50-$100 range ‘good enough’ or should we go higher? Any recommendations?
The Cables (again):
I assume the requirements coming out of the preamp are the same as above.
The Sound Card:
Oviously we’ll need a sound card capable of grabbing 24/96 over the Line In. I’ve always heard good things about the audigy, but is it really necessary to get that expensive? Any recommendations here?
I gather that WavPack is the best or among the best codecs, from what I’ve read, so i guess I’ll use that as my codec. Can anyone recommend a better codec, Open Source or otherwise?
Thanks in advance.