I think Digital has progressed further down the quality line than your post gives credit to. However, For 'purists' like yourself I suspect Digital has a very long way to go before you would consider it equal (if ever). Me, I am much simpler and in my 'eye' it has made it. This is a bit like the HiFi thing about Vinyl & Valves over CDs. I think CD,s are great in fact I am quite happy with MP3, but I am well aware there are thousands of people who would not give CD's houseroom. In all these things there is the common ground and the extreme. I hope the extreme is never lost, as whilst there are people to appreciate it, it has a place in our world.