Anthony Kirk

Comments from Anthony Kirk

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.
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September 5, 2013 on Neil Young’s Pono Audio To Launch Next Year
It has to be God Only Knows.
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August 27, 2013 on Win A Beach Boys Made In California Box Set
I have to say that there's alwats been a special place for Revolver for me.
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November 19, 2012 on Win A Remastered Beatles Vinyl Box Set
1. Kid A 2. OK Computer 3. In Rainbows 4. The Bends 5. TKOL 6. Amnesiac 7. HTTT ... 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.
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October 25, 2012 on Radiohead Albums From Worst To Best My border collie's really partial to their first record.
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May 18, 2012 on Animal Collective Centipede Hz LP Out In September
Flight of the Conchords – Robots
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April 6, 2012 on Win A $400 Logitech UE Air Speaker
"Did You See the Words?" by Animal Collective. I would normally say Stravinsky's Petrouchka but I guess it's not easily considered a "song" in the common sense of the word.
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March 21, 2012 on Win SOL Republic HD Headphones And Earphones
I feel like it'd be hard to consider anything other than Pet Sounds.
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October 29, 2011 on Win Beach Boys’ The Smile Sessions Box Set