It’s been one year since the founding of the RealHD-Audio.com website. I’ve been posting my thoughts regarding high-resolution audio on this site everyday since April 4, 2013 and don’t think I’ve missed more than a day or two…and that was usually because of technical glitch or other technical problem. These posts have become a part of my routine. I really enjoy sitting down and sharing my opinions, my expertise and some of my experiences. I realize not everyone agrees with everything that I write but I hope it gets you thinking.
According to Google Analytics, almost 50,000 people has visited the site and clicked on 250,000 pages. And that doesn’t count those of you that get the posts directly through the email…that’s another 2500 audiophiles per day. Over 15,000 people have asked for the credentials to the FTP site so they can access some real high-resolution audio files. And thanks to those that have taken the time to report back with their reactions. I can report that the response has been universally positive. However, I did get one email that said the files were only “pretty good”.
My recent trip to Montreal was also very encouraging as I met at least a dozen individuals that told me that enjoy reading the daily posts. There is a very real community of enthusiasts for “real high-resolution audio” and I believe this site has contributed to that enthusiasm. It just proves that one person can make an impact.
I haven’t run out of things to write about yet. Just today, I was reading an article about Pono at Digital Trends written by Caleb Denison entitled, “Pono naysayers miss the point: It’s not about HD Audio, it’s about what’s inside”. The piece has the entire situation completely backwards. His analogy tries to compare looking out a dirty window to see the beautiful trees to that of a lousy music player preventing us from hearing all of the fidelity of contained in the “trees”. Caleb then says the following, “To get better-sounding music, you don’t really need to change the quality of the files you listen to any more than you need to make the trees outside greener; you need to change the hardware you’re listening through.”
Amazing! What if the window is pristine and the trees are actually cardboard reproductions of trees using a 256-color palette? How would they look then? This is closer to the truth behind our need to enhance our listening experiences. The music files don’t contain the fidelity that we want…the production pipeline has accepted commercially imposed limitations and continues to live by them. We need better productions AND state-of-the-art playback units.
The Pono player is undoubtedly an impressive piece of audio engineering. I had hoped to get my hands on a unit last evening at the Neil Young concert but didn’t manage to make the connection. But no matter how good the DAC or the headphone/playback amplifier, it’s still a case of “garbage in equals garbage out!”
So I would like to sincerely thank all of you for continuing to support this daily exercise by visiting the site and agreeing to receive the daily emails. I’m looking forward to the next year and anticipating some major changes in the high-resolution audio marketplace.