Originally Posted by Draco_Americanus
the orginal question was about better speakers making "iTunes" sound bad? how could it unless the media is in question.
Yes, that is the original question, and your assumptive follow up question, "how could it unless the media is in question," is illogical. There's such a leap in logic there that it's hard but not impossible to fill in the gaping hole one must jump to get there.
1. The question mentions one medium, AAC 256 kBs, not an aggregate media.
2. The questioner inquired about speaker quality, not codec quality.
3. The questioner asked if "high definition speakers" would make the medium sound bad, not the other way around.
4. The questioner did not give us any info on what high definition speakers mean to him.
5. Other posters asked for some clarification on this.
6. The questioner added "more expensive (high resolution) speaker" as an example of high definition speakers.
7. You roundly knocked iTunes content ("since iTunes sounds bad from the start") without a single supporting fact.
7. I gave an example of a much more expensive, high resolution speaker that played well-recorded and encoded iTunes AAC 256 kBs files flawlessly and on a par with redbook CDs, SACDs, and even DVD-As.
8. I mentioned double-blind tests in which listeners could not distinguish between well-recorded samples of several digital media.
9. You responded that you can tell the difference, admit you're biased agains iTunes and its (nonexistent) DCM (sic.--DRM
), that you're skeptical of AAC being on a level of SACD or CD but appear not to have made any comparison yourself, that all MP3s are "garbage" and on your system "never sound right, " and that there is "no such thing as a well recorded MP3." You do not specify what bit rates you might have heard or what the original sources were.
That's a big hole to fill.
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BTW, AAC, MP3, FLAC, and other files are not recorded per se,
so you should really be talking about a well-recorded piece of music that is encoded into a lossy or lossless format. In that sense, your statement that there's no such thing as a well-recorded MP3 is oddly true, but not in the way you wrote it. Even when we use MP3 software to grab a song, we're grabbing something that was recorded originally in another format. There might be some small studio or somebody with a computer and a mic who records direct to MP3, but nothing of commercial consequence is done that way.