So I need some advice on buying digital downloads

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I got a mac, i've gone digital. I've transferred the best part of 1000 full tracks I have bought over the years and got because of free downloads when I have bought the record, excellent all 320 wavs. No dramas.

So now i've started attempting to delve into tunes I have on vinyl, that I was pretty sure weren't available digitally.

E.G - Dillinja - Silverblade. My copy on vinyl isn't great and I think the vinyl rip will sound terrible compared to 320 wavs.

The only version I can find is on Amazon MP3 download site

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001IKN882/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

Its 100% going to be a 256 kbps file. As you'll see here http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201379550

My questions are.

1. Which will be the better copy - the digital download at 256 or the vinyl rip?
2. If the digital download is better, will there be a significant difference when I mix between 320's and 256? I'd assume it would be more noticeable over recordings and on big systems (not that I have played out recently)

Sorry very noob question on downloads thats probably already been covered by a million different people, but don't want to buy a shitload of crap quality downloads and regret it, i'll buy another copy on vinyl if it makes that much difference.

Thoughts?
 
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Vinyl rips can be quite good albeit a little quiet sometimes.
If you need any tips on getting the best recording you can, give me a shout.

As for sourcing mp3... have a look about. Check discogs as some tracks were available on compilation cds. You can bag, rip and re-sell.
 

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Vinyl rips can be quite good albeit a little quiet sometimes.
If you need any tips on getting the best recording you can, give me a shout.

As for sourcing mp3... have a look about. Check discogs as some tracks were available on compilation cds. You can bag, rip and re-sell.
Sweet Teds - have looked at one of these elliptic needles but unsure what to go for as of yet, any recommendations?
 

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Cheers guys. & [MENTION=65342]ThePapa[/MENTION] appreciate the comparisons.

I'm definitely going to try and stay away from vinyl rips where I can. Obvious ones that i'm never going to get digitally i'll rip or just play the record through live input on traktor for the time being...
 
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