Originally Posted by vinnie97
We can go even further back and blame Napster for beginning to kill audio quality.
It might be heretical to suggest it here, but mp3 has come a long way and can sound transparent below 320 kbps (2-channel audio that is).
I've never heard an MP3 at any standard bitrate that was as good as an uncompressed version. Something happens to the higher frequencies, especially. It gets somewhat icy.
Sadly, I now hear Telarc has diminished significantly at the hands of Concord Records after the death of Michael Bishop. Really a shame. They used to make some wonderful recordings, especially in the SA-CD format.
Into this abysmal time for high end audio and video, just as portability and convenience has taken precedence over quality and brick 'n' mortar stores are dying out (good places to demo A/V gear), marches UHD and new audiophile formats... it will take a paradigm shift in the way the industry markets and pushes for higher standards or all these new formats will flop.
People like Mr. Waldrep and Joe Kane need to really put on their A game to try and educate lay people
on the benefits of true to the source audio and video and not just preach to the choir, so that we actually can get a rebirth of quality over mass quantity. I try my best whenever I talk to friends and family about this hobby.Edited by Dan Hitchman - 7/11/13 at 12:41am