How "evil" - or good - are ICs?

The use of integrated audio circuits

The use of integrated audio circuits (ICs, OP amps, chips) has to be used again and again as a reason for disparaging remarks by (in this point) supposed experts (ICs in it? - then it can't be anything...). What is there to it? To what extent is this tenable? Do people use ICs to get components cheaper? In what kind of legendary and sometimes extremely expensive vintage equipment or studio parts can you find exactly such components? Surprise guaranteed ...except for real experts ;-) The video first appeared on Snake Oil Audio.

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