As a long time guitar gear head, it's easy for me to tell digital vs. analog. the problem is the industry has made everything smaller and easier by killing quality. So unless you are ready to give up space, cash, and go see some live music, settle for the thin processed digital sounds. Mp3 vs cd???? Both are sharp, tiny, distorted pieces of the original, but you can't fit a full analog band in your car or pocket. Think I'm gonna put on the Red Hot Chiili Peppers latest 24 bit xrcd remaster. It sounds great, dare I say better than mp3 but not analog.
I don't think anyone argues on the point of a real guitar vs a recorded one. The rest (digital vs analog, 24 bit vs 16 bit) are well covered debates everywhere, and there's plenty of stuff to go through in order to make up your mind.
But you can always use your ears, they're probably the most reliable human sensory organ.
Edited by proton007 - 2/5/13 at 5:59pm