The article has some valid points but forgets one major problem: 98% of all owners have a crappy sound system, or rather, one not adequate for differentiating the details between a high quality source and a low quality source.
The iPOD generation has beaten down good music. It's tough to think that the members of our forum are getting the shaft since the market is clearly against us, but it's true. It has become harder and harder to find decent recordings, and I have no doubt, sadly, that that trend will continue. To market music, it needs to be able to play through mp3 players stock headphones. They need to compress it down to a lossy quality to fit it 10,000 of them onto an iPOD.
Sucks, but it's true.
Lovin that music year after year.
Main 2 Channel System
Promitheus Audio TVC SE,
Lite Audio DAC AH,
IXOS XHA305 Interconnects
Polk SDA CRS+,
Creek Audio 5350 SE,
Morrow Audio MA1 Interconnect,
HRT Music Streamer II
The small lables will continue on with SACD/DVD-A, they only need to sell a few thousand to make money, thank goodness.
If something better sounding comes along I am all for it.
REEL TIME THEATRE
B&K 7270 amplifier
Polk SWA-500 Subwoofer amplifier
Pioneer Elite 50"
Subs-Twin Polk CSW200
RABBIT HOLE RIG
VTL MB-450 Signature monoblock
Wolcott Presence monoblock
Musical Fidelity kW SACD
Rega P25/RB600/Clearaudio Aurum Beta
Sound Lab Millenium ELS
MIT S1/3 cables
Shunyata/PS Audio/Virtual Dynamics Power Cords
Everthing Matters...Tubes Rule...and It's Over until it's Not Over
I am still not sure which formats make a difference to my ear. I also laughed at myself to discover that in some side by side listening tests I was apt to prefer not the input with the higher bitrate, but
the input with the higher volume.
(In my experience, cranking the volume is the best cheap ass audio enhancement around.)
That is the BIG TRUTH.
Next big truth is cranking the bass up a little.
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