Anthony Kirk
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 +2Posted on Sep 5th, 2013 | re: Neil Young's Pono Audio To Launch Next Year (11 comments)

This seems just silly. FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and other codecs already allow perfect reconstructions of a sound file’s waveform. Furthermore, ABX testing of lossless audio codecs has repeatedly shown that at about 250kbps, using modern encoders, people cannot tell the difference between a song that is perfectly translated through FLAC and the same song in compressed MP3.

The real issue (or at least the most relevant one today) is that studios brickwall their recordings so that songs sound louder, since consumers have been shown to prefer louder songs over quieter ones. However, doing this introduces large amounts of distortion whenever the volume “ceiling” of the digital format is crossed. Often, remasters of older albums take masters that never hit the ceiling and brickwall them to fit the supposed market preference for loud and undynamic music. (skip to some point in the middle of the video)

These are gross alterations of musical fidelity that consumers cannot “fix” with lossless codecs or expensive headphones. Once someone has made a modest investment into a decent soundsystem, the biggest obstacle to hearing realistic and natural-sounding music will be the choices of studio engineers.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th, 2013 | re: Win A Beach Boys Made In California Box Set (179 comments)

It has to be God Only Knows.

Swans – The Seer

 0Posted on Nov 19th, 2012 | re: Win A Remastered Beatles Vinyl Box Set (480 comments)

I have to say that there’s alwats been a special place for Revolver for me.

 +18Posted on Oct 25th, 2012 | re: Radiohead Albums From Worst To Best (290 comments)

1. Kid A
2. OK Computer
3. In Rainbows
4. The Bends
6. Amnesiac

8001. Pablo Honey

But seriously, all subjectivity aside, placing In Rainbows so low and Pablo Honey as anything but Radiohead’s worst album is nothing but a transparent attempt at comment-baiting.

 0Posted on Jul 29th, 2012 | re: Win Blur 21: The Box (18CD/3DVD Set) (372 comments)

The Universal

 0Posted on Jun 22nd, 2012 | re: Win A Yamaha Acoustic Guitar & Graceland Collector's Edition Box Set (176 comments)

“You Can Call Me Al.”

 0Posted on May 18th, 2012 | re: Animal Collective Centipede Hz LP Out In September (78 comments)

My border collie’s really partial to their first record.

 0Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 | re: Win A $400 Logitech UE Air Speaker (352 comments)

Flight of the Conchords – Robots

 0Posted on Mar 30th, 2012 | re: Win Bose MIE2 Earbud Headphones (247 comments)

The Wizard of Oz.