Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2017 11:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV

Back before all-digital music, back before the Digital Compact Cassette, back before even the Digital Audio Tape existed, there was a strange audio device that briefly captured the imagination of Hi-Fi freaks across the world. The Elcaset, as it was called, was an enlarged cassette that started in Japan, wove its hidden, spinning spools around the world, and then finished, appropriately enough, in Finland.

As someone who swore by MiniDisc up until quite recently, I love obscure audio formats. This article is from the summer of last year, but I only came across it just now thanks to Atlas Obscura.

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RE[2]: Comment by dionicio
by ezraz on Tue 10th Jan 2017 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by dionicio"
ezraz
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"Politics will bring back analog. Power to the people!

Even today analog formats already lost almost all of their advantages over digital. You really need to look hard to find any advantages of analog apart from biased nostalgia. And even those few advantages of analog will vanish soon enough...
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if you are right it's a bad thing.

analog is still more real unless you have the absolute top of the line digital setup ---

24bit discreet converters, smart filtering on the ADC, no dithering, no downsampling, no lossy compression anywhere in the chain. then on playback you need a good DA chip, discreet power, and quality output stage.

Of course - most people don't have a high-end digital rig, they have their phone or a laptop or even worse, something wireless, and therefore they don't hear better sound than the analog days.

it's sad but true. average consumer in 2017 gets worse daily sound quality in most things than in 1997, which itself was worse than 1977.

we are going backwards in regards to audio quality and have been for decades now.



most people don't have this chain. a high-end digital chain can be as good as analog quality. and WAY more convenient, that's for sure. but most people listening to digital music these days are listening to craptastic versions played on craptastic systems.

lots of distraction built into the music now to compensate for this sad state of affairs.

Edited 2017-01-10 19:06 UTC

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