Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I see no need for you to change the way you express your opinions IMO. But when differing opinions are offered to yours you seem to take them personally. I do not see it that way just others (including myself) giving their opinions on the lossy vs. lossless discussion. You have a strong opinion on lossy music where others are more open to listening to lossy music. No right or wrong here as it is just a matter of preference IMO.
I think many people, and I'd put myself in this group, consider their opinions to have been arrived at after some consideration. Of course, others can and do arrive at different opinions based on the same set of criteria. And while most will acknowledge that that happens, one's own opinions are not changed by the existence of those differing ones.
We are all here because of our love and enjoyment of music. I'd further say that our enjoyment from listening
to said music is somewhat dependent upon the sound quality. I have experimented with various bitrates on MP3's and there is such a thing as too much compression/loss. I eventually moved to using Apple Lossless; storage space is cheap, even on iPods. I have always characterized this with the analogy of removing curtains from between myself and the music. My problem with that is, once I have heard what removing one more curtain sounds like, I can't go back. Not long after I began buying Blu-rays I sold and gave away my DVD collection. Initially, I kept titles that were not available on BD, but I soon realized that I would never watch them
. So they went as well. And for me it is more about the sound than the picture; video processors can convincingly/acceptably upscale the image, but nuttin' upscales the sound. I just cannot listen to Dolby Digital and DTS anymore.
I recently sold some titles of DTS 5.1 to a forum member. One of those titles was Henley - the End Of The Innocence. The first song - the title track - is in DTS-ES 6.1 and admittedly sounds pretty good, but the rest of the title is basic DTS 5.1. For me, this is here's-Don-Henley-and-now-we-lower-the-curtain-while-he-performs-the-rest-of-the-album.
My other "issue" is a consumer-related one and comes out of my cynical nature and my belief that consumers should vote with their wallets. Aqualung comes out in a remixed 5.1 in a lossless format - YES!!! Thick As A Brick comes out in a remixed 5.1 in DD/DTS and ... well those bastids are screwing us. You know damn well that they have the full resolution version and that, odds are, they will release THAT somewhere down the road. So, in my world, everyone who bought the 5.1 DD/DTS version is an enabler who got snookered.
Definitions? Semantics? Not that long ago the radio industry hit upon a new format - HD Radio. WooHOO, HD! That's hi-definition, right? Well that is their intention - that people think high definition, but it is not. Not even close. Words have meaning, and precise meanings at that. When we blur the meanings of words, we degrade our means of communicating.
So, yeah, I can see how people might think that I take different opinions on what is "hi-res" personally. Maybe the thread subject should be "What are your most recent Hi-Res