You talk as if the clicks and pops on vinyl records were part of the original recording, not a distortion introduced on playback. If you genuinely like the sound of clicks and pops, by all means leave them in. For myself, I do everything possible to minimize those distortions on playback (vacuum cleaning records, proper alignment of cartridge, high quality gear that minimizes surface noise, etc.). If I thought clicks and pops were a positive attribute of vinyl playback, I wouldn't bother with any of that. When I first started doing needledrops, I probably thought along the same lines as you: any change you make to the file will make it sound worse. That's the audiophile dogma after all: nothing can sound better to the source, and any change is a kind of "falsification." But the truth is, at least up to a point, these distortions can be removed without otherwise affecting the overall sound of the music. When you fix a click or pop, you only really affect a microsecond of the recording. What came before and after the pop remains the same. Your recording still sounds like "vinyl" only with the stray noise removed. IMO, the benefit to removing clicks and pops is high, and the cost is low, especially with a superior click removal program like Click Repair. A distinction needs to be made between click and pop removal, which only effects selected portions of a file, and global noise reduction (reduction of hiss, etc.) which effects the entire file. I am not a fan of NR in that respect, and don't find it particularly necessary as my brain easily filters out noise like tape hiss or the low-level sound of groove noise unless it is really loud. Others (notably Grant) feel differently about noise reduction and utilize it. But who am I to tell him he's "wrong"? He's making his recordings for his own personal enjoyment, not mine, so it seems obvious to me he should do whatever he thinks sounds best. So, if you find clicks and pops a charming byproduct of vinyl playback, or believe that remaining faithful to your source demands leaving them in, I would say by all means leave them in. I'm not saying that in a snarky way, I mean it. You're making these recordings for yourself, not me, so my preferences should have no sway over how you do them and vice-versa. Personally, I enjoy listening to vinyl despite the occasional click or pop, not because of it. Also, I find myself much more tolerant of the occasional click when listening to vinyl directly on my stereo. But when I'm listening to a recording via headphones--as I often do with these recordings--I find clicks and pops much more bothersome. Luckily, there are some very good programs that can remove clicks and pops without otherwise effecting the overall enjoyability of the music. Click Repair is free to try, and I recommend at least auditioning it. If you do not like the results it gives, at least you will able to condemn it from a position of personal experience rather than on abstract principles. In order to give it a fair shake, you'll need to play around with various settings to figure out what works best. But again, if you genuinely like clicks and pops, there is no need to bother.