I saw a billboard the other day for an AM oldies station. I don't get it. (remember how good the channel separation was in some older tracks?)
I've been to two different out-door concerts lately. One, it sounded like the the singer was singing out of a box. The other concert, the bass was up so high, you could hear the cones on the woofers stretching, but not quite making it. People today just put up with terrible sound. I try to enjoy it, like everybody else, but to me, it just annoys me to death. But let me get to the real point. This younger generation. I would like to see a test done. Almost like they do at the doctors office, when they test your ears for frequencies. But I would like to see, if younger people could actually pick out whether a piece of music is recorded in stereo or not. It would be fascinating to test different 15 years olds, and then 25 year olds, 35 year olds, older...?. With samples that would go back and forth from mono to stereo. (multi-channel?) It is fascinating how much people just don't care about quality of sound anymore. I'm willing to venture a guess, that at a certain percentage point. Some people will not notice the stereo bridge. Maybe if some sounds are totally in one speaker. (than again, they may not even get it, or know what that is.)
You go to the theater and they don't spend the money on sound quality, like they did... it sounds so much better if you have the -hook-up- at home. They don't have to, because the people don't care. People will buy a huge HDTV, and use the crappy junk speakers it came with. Of course we are living with the ear-bud generation. (Hello, hello? What did you say?) Or if you get anywhere near the speakers at those concerts, than your ears won't stay very good long either.