Destroying the Perfect

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  1. “For example, sonically CDs are not as good as vinyl”

    Horse Hockey. Vinyl is at best a 10-bit medium. CD’s are 16-bit. To have a vinyl system that would compete with CD sound quality you would have to spend many, many thousands of dollars and then use a pristine, unopened copy every single play, as the quality degrades (however slightly) with every single time you drop a needle on it.

      1. Mark Waldrep has an great presentation on true HD Audio (and a lot of the Audio Snake Oil that comes with it) here:

        I have also measured software instruments hitting above 30 kHz, so there’s something to it. As an ‘Audio Nerd’ I believe if it’s recordable, let’s record it – but that still doesn’t mean that HD audio is the salvation. For the present it’s just another revenue source bilking the Audiophools out there.

        People want convenience and lack of friction. For them compressed formats are fine, and the technologists keep making them better so it’s win-win for the majority.

        Perhaps Mr. Godin can find a new career in teaching Equine Puck Chasing.

  2. The only time that a cd might be inferior to an LP is if the LP is a fantastic pressing played on a $3000 Linn LP12 with a $400 Denon moving coil cartridge and properly set up at that. Today’s skinny-pants hipsters buy those gnarly Crosley "turntables" for $70 and screw their records up while making untenable proclamations re. vinyl. They think all digital music sounds like the 96kbps Chumbawumba they downloaded on eMule back when they were 12 so their opinion is meaningless.

    Also, I’ll bet the vast majority of schmoes can’t tell the difference between 44.1khz 16 bit and 192khz 24 bit. And if they did, it would be a percentage like .1% noticing.

    Get off my lawn.

    1. In Mark Waldrep’s presentation (link in my comment below) he states that he could play his recorded at 24 bit/96kHz files and a CD (16/44.1) of the same material and no one could tell the difference – that’s just how human hearing is limited.

      This is the problem with so-called HD Audio – it isn’t.

      I do agree with his point that if there’s material (frequencies) beyond our hearing that we can measure (also in his presentation) then why not record it – the technology to do so is affordable, drive space is cheap, and it truly futureproofs audio recording. What it winds up getting encoded to for consumers to enjoy doesn’t really matter – it’s what they want to listen to after all.



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