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 +2Posted on Jan 30th | re: It Sure Seems Like Neil Young's Pono Player Is Bullshit (63 comments)

Eh…not really. I am going to refer you to the long post that begins the thread linked below. Enjoy:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/415361/24bit-vs-16bit-the-myth-exploded

 +4Posted on Jan 30th | re: It Sure Seems Like Neil Young's Pono Player Is Bullshit (63 comments)

The only difference between two FLAC files of the same song where one is 16-bit and one is 24-bit is the extra frequencies present in the latter. It is physically impossible for any human, no matter his/her age, to hear the extra frequencies. I am a big supporter of lossless files and anyone or anything that facilitates their use, BUT as far as the 24- vs. 16-bit debate goes, unless you are a dog, you will never hear those extra frequencies. They simply are not within the range of human hearing. In fact, this has been explained very intricately with math before. I know a guy who is studying audio engineering, and he is being taught the exact same thing. Lossless vs. mp3=big difference and 24-bit vs. 16-bit=no discernible difference…

 +4Posted on Jan 30th | re: It Sure Seems Like Neil Young's Pono Player Is Bullshit (63 comments)

Yes, there was a study done where younger people repeatedly chose mp3s over uncompressed audio. People have gotten used to listening to crap, so that is what they prefer. The iPod revolution has done to music what McDonald’s did to the food industry. I figured this out myself around the time it was just beginning. More recently I was making a mix for someone and had downloaded two versions of a song from Soulseek. At first I’d only been able to find a 320 kbps mp3. I didn’t delete it, and when I searched my computer, I accidentally dragged that file, instead of the FLAC version, into the player. All the other files on the playlist were FLACs or WAVs. I realized I had screwed up because when I got to that track, it sounded noticeably crappier than what had preceded it. So while it is not possible for humans ears to hear the extra frequencies you get when you listen to a 24-bit file; you are absolutely capable of discerning the difference between a file with all of the information a recording is supposed to have and one where a lot of that information is missing and replaced by white noise as long as you are listening through decent equipment. I listen to CDs in my car through mid-level Polk speakers and a Sony stereo and on my computer through a nice pair of Bose desktop speakers. I don’t use earbuds at all; if I have to use headphones, which I rarely do, I have some Sony MDR-V150s that get the job done but are nothing special.

 0Posted on Jan 23rd | re: Watch Sleater-Kinney Explain Riot Grrrl In 20 Seconds (3 comments)

That Broad City interview is awesome, probably the best I’ve seen them do.

Oh no, he really is a complete monster. I watched an ESPN profile of him. He molested the daughter of one of his trainers. Tyson never did it again, but that’s only because the trainer threatened him at gunpoint.

 +1Posted on Jan 21st | re: Watch Sleater-Kinney Blaze Through "Surface Envy" On Conan (7 comments)

No, Corin has always used an octaver pedal. The C# tuning also helps.

 0Posted on Jan 16th | re: Watch Sleater-Kinney's High-Kicking Letterman Reunion (21 comments)

Yes.

 +1Posted on Jan 16th | re: Watch Sleater-Kinney's High-Kicking Letterman Reunion (21 comments)

That’s Katie from Sky Larkin.

 0Posted on Jan 12th | re: Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love (125 comments)

The tour where the White Stripes opened was in 2000. That tour gave the White Stripes enough of a bump that they were able to headline on their next tour.

 +14Posted on Jan 11th | re: Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love (125 comments)

This is indeed the first great album of 2015. Thank you, Sleater-Kinney.