Those of you who have followed my musings on all things relating to high-end audio may have noticed that I haven’t written new blog in over 6 months. As we approach the end of 2021, I thought I would write about the year in review and explain why I’ve avoided posting new articles to this site. It’s not because there is a shortage of high-end audio topics to discuss.
Apple Music issued a press release on May 17, 2021 announcing that the “next generation of sound” would arrive for subscribers in June — without any additional cost. Apple Music subscribers can listen to any track, anywhere, in CD fidelity for only $9.95 month. What Apple Music defines as the “next generation” of sound includes support for Spatial Audio in the form of Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio.
Today was the deadline to complete and submit my AES Paper. It’s been almost 12 months since I announced the launch of the HD-Audio Challenge II on this site (click here to see the original post). Since then over 13,000 people have visited the launch page, 2000 audiophiles requested the tracks, 1250 downloaded them, and 498 submitted their results. And more music lovers discover the challenge every day. As long as everyone agrees not to post the…