DACs are not "perfect" bit-for-bit. Some DAC implementations are bright, some warm, some have better imaging than others, some sound lush and some sound analytical, etc. There would be no reason to buy expensive, well implemented DACs if they were all transparent. I'm not trying to defend vinyl, so I don't know why you're picking a fight with me. I hate the sound of vinyl, and I dislike when people claim it is better because it sounds warm. I like vinyl because I prefer physical media to data when buying an album, not because I think it sounds even remotely as good as digital. I'm not trying to argue that digital is bad, I'm trying to argue that if engineers focused their time and potential on a new format of analog (not vinyl, not tape, not anything that actually exists) that the quality of analog could surpass digital. It's just that no matter what you do, the DAC implementation is always holding you back, just like the physical form of media for analog is always holding it back. I don't even know what I was trying to argue in the first place, digital is essentially equal to analog in theory because they both have their own problems with playback. It just so happens that the audio industry went the digital route and now digital has far surpassed analog. I'm sorry for trying to argue with you, I don't even know what my point was to be honest
. I just like to think that analog has the potential to have a better signal if we came up with a better format than vinyl, but it's pretty much a stupid theoretical dream.