There’s this thing in digital audio called Dither.
It’s the first step of lossy-ness.
But it’s never talked about outside of mastering engineer shop talk.
I think it’s ignored because it’s misunderstood, and frankly, would hurt sales if explained.… Read the rest
The PonoPlayer got it right, whether they survive as a business or not.
There is a right way and a quick way to build a digital audio playback circuit.
The following information comes from Charlie Hansen, the designer of the … Read the rest
The momentum continues, as more publications pick up on this new push towards quality in consumer audio. MP3 won’t die without a fight, but it’s 15 year grip on the music industry appears to be loosening.
Check out … Read the rest
MP3’s are dying, thank god. MP3 is a transitionary technology that has overstayed it’s welcome.
Visual representation of “lossy”. These pixels are what is lost when this image is compressed using mpeg.
If you believe lossy MP3 is all you … Read the rest
Everything digital boils down to bandwidth –
- how much you have
- how much can you use
- how fast the data can move through it
Bandwidth comes in several forms. The network connection is the obvious one because we already use … Read the rest
Allow me to speak some truth about the recording arts — the overall quality of music production has been going down since before I started. I’ve done nothing to reverse the trend ;-).
This is due to multiple factors not … Read the rest
Quick history lesson —
Digital audio made it’s public debut with the CD standard known as “RedBook”, started in 1978. A collaboration between Phillips & Sony, the CD standard was originally going to be 14bit/40k with error correction … Read the rest
Good overview of the situation I’m heavily interested in (see “Save the Audio” section) – the battle between quality audio and convenient audio. Since the late 90’s most of us have accepted worse-sounding audio in the name of convenience, whether … Read the rest
TV’s advance in resolution again – HD, 1080p HD, and coming soon 4k UltraHD. This thing can push 2160p to your eyeballs but it’s gonna cost you $5k for the small one, and $6k for the larger.
So this … Read the rest
OK I have been listening to mp3’s for about 15 years now, and I have to say I’m ready for the next digital format. I want 96k minimum range (192k preferred) so it almost sounds as good as my albums. … Read the rest
Neil getting full balanced goodness into his ears
I love this idea.
Neil Young finally got his wish to attempt to restore audio fidelity to our lives. They are calling the thing Pono and most of the press reports … Read the rest