Today would have been my father’s 91st birthday…but cancer cut his life very short. He didn’t make it to half that age. I miss him.
As you might imagine, I get a lot of emails. I read all of the comments written on this website. Some of them take me to task for an opinion I’ve expressed and they disagree with or a factual mistake that I’ve made in a post…and some of them are so encouraging that they make all of the effort worth it. Lately, I’ve been hammered pretty hard by those that would have you believe that I’m making this stuff up. I’m not. There are influential people that would rather I stop trying to inject some transparency into the whole subject of high-resolution audio/music. They just don’t have the capacity to listen…it’s “bad for commerce”. I was taught by my father a very long time ago to tell the truth. That’s what I’ve been doing….in over 1000 posts now! And it’s what I will continue to do.
A couple of readers and future supporters of the Kickstarter campaign wrote the following:
I read all your posts from about one year and a half. I think you do an wonderful job for all the music lovers. I love the music and I tried to complete an audio system for my own at home. Your posts helped me for the first steps into high resolution music. I don’t know much about the theoretical part of the sound and music, but I know what I hear. So, you are perfectly right about the high-res music and about the numbers which characterise it. I downloaded a lot of files and I have more than 150 cds. I finally understood the differences with your help, of course. Some of these files are from AIX Records or iTrax and I admit that these are the best. I intend to download also the Guitar Noir – Laurence Juber.
I’m looking forward for that Music and Audio Guide and I think that the first 30 sec from the video are very good. It is a short presentation which ‘push’ the viewer to find out more about the subject. Well done! I think this guide will be a real success. – Mircea”
“Hi Mark I have been getting your emails now for quite a while and I want to encourage you that it is refreshing to get insight from yourself in what is and isn’t Hi Res Audio. I love music and I got a Sony Hi Res Audio player for my birthday this year and a voucher for to get £25 worth of Hi Res Audio tracks which I have done. The music I got were favourite tracks from my favourite albums which I have on CD and to be honest I have been really disappointed by them, the claim that these Hi Res Audio tracks will change the way you listen to music is really far fetched and untrue. It was only by reading your articles that I understood that it wasn’t my hearing that was a problem and what you said made sense so keep on doing what your doing Mark it is really appreciated by myself way over in Glasgow, Scotland. You are the only person in the Audio Articles that I read who is telling us the truth about Hi Res Audio, thanks for all your work and effort, here is my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org, all the best Donnie.”
First, I would like to thank these two readers and everyone that appreciates the my efforts to set things right. The fact is…I’m losing the battle. The marketing and spin machines are going to continue pushing the myth that is “high-resolution”.
I worked on the video again today and will post the final version tomorrow on the Music and Audio Guide website.