Strikingly beautiful ?
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With the exception of recorders, audio equipment doesn't copy anything. It reacts to electrical impulses embedded in the software. I'm not surprised you could make a more euphonic representation of the impulses. Strictly speaking though, your deviant copy is a corruption of the original. It may sound better but it is not a better COPY. Exactly the reverse is true, its variance to the original defines it as a poorer, less than optimal copy.
There is no rule that says the original is always better. That's an audiophile myth that leads to tone controls, signal processing etc. being reviled. Many enhancements are possible during the copy process that may produce preferred if not necessarily better results. Anybody who has ever "enhanced" a digital image can see that. Its the same with sound. A copy is usually somewhat different. That may be for better or for worse. The determination is often a subjective and not an objective one, unless perhaps what is being copied is a test or reference signal of some sort and not music.
Orpheus, you are correct, amplifiers make larger signal copies of the smaller signals fed to them. But nowhere is an exact copy made.
The expression "a copy can never be better than the original" says nothing about copies that are bigger or better than others. Its common meaning is that nothing can be an exact copy of the original. On this rests the consensus of public opinion, not on the applecart built of copies called originals that you managed to overturn. So gyre and gimble on that. Thanks for your provocative posting.
Rockvirgo, if you go to the Analog forum, and then find the reel to reel thread; you will find a number of "Goners" who argued me that it was impossible to have a playback "copy" from my reel that was better than the original.
Although I could be wrong, I have assumed those "Goners" represented "The consensus of public opinion".
I'd agree with you Orpheus. Every so often my tape deck will make an absolutely stunning copy, far surpassing the source. My guess is that some signals latch onto the deck just right, but I really can't say why. However it seemed to occur only when recording the third or fourth side of a double LP. The same thing happens very rarely in photography -- a single image outperforms in saturation and impact all others from the same camera.
Regardless of causes, the orthodoxy of the consensus has many pitfalls. Enjoy your system your way.