Originally Posted by bigshot
"Either it works or it doesn't" is a motto that applies to a lot of digital audio. If there is a problem, it's rarely a subtle thing. I think people try to carry over truisms from the analogue era where good sound meant dealing with layers and layers of slight imperfections. Digital is much more straightforward.
Agreed. Kinda nice, though, isn't it? Remember when you'd grab a fresh pancake of tape, only to discover it was from a different batch than you calibrated with, and you lost 2dB at the top end just by swapping tape batches? Yup, all the time. Or how about tweaking record head azimuth to the last gnat's eyebrow, only to discover the right channel was biased wrong, and you had now mis-adjusted the record head az because of it. Yuck. Or you wanted to intercut a take from the tail of a reel with one from the head, but your Ampex 350 had so much slip that the takes don't match in pitch.
All in all, we have nothing (literally) to worry about once a cable will do USB2 or USB3, we're pretty much happy campers.
OK, sorry, all of that was just an analog vent and purge.