Vinyl seems a worthy source for incorporating a higher than 16/44 ADC. High end phono preamps continue to be offered, but apparently there aren't enough of you out there using them or asking to use them to digitize your vinyl.
It seems telling that the phono preamps with A/D converters in them are aimed at the lower end of the spectrum (16/44 resolution only, am I right?)
And so, for people like me who like to use a computer for playback but retain better sound from LPs, pro audio to the rescue. And I don't mind going that route to digitize at say, 24/96 but anything pro audio tends to either be not quite relevant in some way for a home user or underground with respect to being featured in a high end magazine. All of which makes picking one more cumbersome. Especially when it won't be offered at your local audio salon or even online at places that otherwise sell high end toys. Who's gonna be the first here, the chicken or the egg?
1) That solution takes advantage of something a computer can apparently do better than most high end phono preamps: provide a correct RIAA curve. If that small revelation didn't provide an eye-opener for you, nothing else will.
2) Included software offers a solution to iTunes' limited/clunky way of addressing the fact that not everything in iTunes will be 16/44 without forcing the user to give up the advantages of using iTunes as a player and database.
3) The software seems to be written by a guy who knows the Mac. I realize not all of you care about that, but given how often a Mac mini (or iMac, or