Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th May 2014 08:44 UTC
Apple

Apple is close to striking a deal with Dr. Dre.

In what would be the largest-ever purchase by the iPhone maker, Apple is in advanced talks to acquire headphone maker and music-streaming service Beats Electronics LLC for $3.2 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

It's been corroborated by just about any major news outlet, so it has merit. I'm in no way an Apple expert, but this acquisition seems completely random and weird. Beats is essentially the Monster of headphones.

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RE[3]: You can vote me down
by pica on Fri 9th May 2014 16:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You can vote me down"
pica
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But the biggest quality loss is induced by microphones and the speakers. The mechanical parts in the chain.

Well build (new) class A or class D amplifiers do well. Also good AD and DA converters. Digital mixing and mastering is arithmetics and if the number of bits is sufficient these also do not induce much quality loss.

pica

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RE[4]: You can vote me down
by ezraz on Fri 9th May 2014 19:30 in reply to "RE[3]: You can vote me down"
ezraz Member since:
2012-06-20

But the biggest quality loss is induced by microphones and the speakers. The mechanical parts in the chain.

Well build (new) class A or class D amplifiers do well. Also good AD and DA converters. Digital mixing and mastering is arithmetics and if the number of bits is sufficient these also do not induce much quality loss.

pica

This is assuming equal source, yes, the speakers/mics alter the sound the most.

The thing is, outside of the lab, none of us have equal source. We listen to all sorts of garbage source these days, whether we choose to or not.

How many people in the world sold their vinyl to buy CDs, then sold their CDs to rip MP3s, and now listen to streaming at even lower bitrates all day? This is 3-4 willful degradations of quality for convenience.

It's kinda depressing that you have to go back in time to get better sound.

I do think that the "mic" of the body and the "speaker" of the body/instruments are both far more advanced than their electrical counterparts so arguing about specs misses the point -- go hear or make live music as often as possible.

But i think if digital upped it's standards (320k mp3 minimum for streaming and 24/48 minimum for masters) we'd have a happier planet. this stripped out audio we are feeding ourselves is like a mcdonalds diet.

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