Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd May 2008 13:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV Many of us grew up with the idea of the component audio system. A receiver (or a separate preamplifier and amplifier), tuner (radio), record player, tape deck, and later on a CD player. If you were into more fancy stuff, you had a DAT or MiniDisc deck as well. While some of us cling on to this mindset like there's no tomorrow, the real world seems to favour a different method of consuming music. According to Erica Ogg (what's in a name), the component audio system is on its way out - thanks to the iPod and the commoditisation of music.
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by tech10171968 on Mon 26th May 2008 01:25 UTC
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I keep hearing from audiophiles about more modern mediums losing headroom or "space", but I sometimes wonder if the fault doesn't really lie with the recording industry. Over the years I've seen a lot of albums being recorded at ridiculously high compression levels because, somehow, music execs keep thinking "louder=stands out on the radio=more sales". The problem with this well-documented issue is that the sonic "ceiling" keeps getting lower and lower, which means that the music doesn't really have a chance to "breathe". I would imagine then that, if the source itself is crap, no amount of vinyl pressings is going to make up for that. In all fairness, most sound engineers I know would consider today's high-compression trend to be an abomination but, since their arms are being twisted by those same music execs, they have no choice but to do the devil's bidding.

Edited 2008-05-26 01:26 UTC

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