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Bringing Back the Good Sound

September 29th, 2012 · 125 Comments

So, what do you think of this idea?
Bringing back “analog-type” audio quality has long been a drum beaten by audiophiles who cherish their stack of old vinyl and magnetic tape. There is something to be said for the difference of sound, as I confirmed when I bought a turntable recently and started to listen to my old LPs as well. The “warmth” of the music is arguably lost when compressing original analog or even digital recordings down to music player-friendly files sizes through MP3, AAC or whatever format is used. But with memory chips getting so cheap and so large, rather than fitting a million songs onto your iPod or whatever, why not fit a thousand songs with their original quality into the same space?
I think that it has to do with choice. Choice is what allows you to walk down the breakfast cereal aisle of your favorite supermarket and choose from literally more than a hundred different types. Choice enables you to choose between a hundred different beers and dozens of different BBQ sauces. We’ve gotten used to choice and this is what is still the prevalent requirement that people consider when choosing a music player. They want to have a choice of listening to song in their 30,000 song collection at anytime, to be able to put their player on “shuffle” and be surprised by what song comes next. Having Choice has has become more important than having Quality.
This has resulted in current generations not knowing what a quality sound is. This generation is satisfied with the horrible earbuds that iPhones and iPods come bundled with (even the new ones) and have never heard the rich timbre that comes from playing high quality music through a high quality sounds system. You would be surprised, no doubt at all.
This is what Neil Young is trying to accomplish here. Definitely an uphill battle as all of the higher-quality songs that you want to listen to with this device would have to be purchased again, though it can play current compressed songs as well. A very noble challenge, all the same.

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