So we've always had debates about whether digital modelling is better or as good as tubes. Some say yes as good as, some say better because less noise and more flexibility, and others say no that t00bz rule.
I sit in the middle somewhere.
But I wonder - will we ever reach a point where it's no longer even something that is thought about?
For my money, I'd probably say that the preamp stage is there. But anytime I've used one of those class D poweramps with a modeller, it has left me thinking that it was lacking something. Introduce a tube poweramp, and that something comes back. Even with modelled preamp sections.
So I think the amplification and playback stages are now where effort needs to be concentrated. And I wonder if that will ever be truly solved?