Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called iTrax.com. A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

5 thoughts on “Non Audiophile Boomers…and the Jambox

  • Andrea

    “They were immediately able to differentiate between the Jambox and a bona fide high-resolution file.”

    In the test you’ve just described, you have confounded the recording and playback equipment. Would all of the tracks sound better through the headphone rig? I think they probably would. Would the track from Mosaic distinguish itself from everything else, if played back via the Jambox? Maybe yes, maybe no.

    • Admin

      I just wanted to demonstrate to my friends what a great sounding music selection would sound like. If I had played the “Mosaic” track out of the Jambox via Bluetooth, it would would be much better than the usual MP3 but no as good as the high-res playback I used.

  • Joe Whip

    Glad you are doing better Mark. My wife will be in Vail next weekend for fun with her sorority sisters. I was there a few weeks go but hate the altitude. Sure beautiful though. I don’t ski but sure enjoyed the sauna, even though it was 3 below at the time! While she I gone, I will be attending live jazz shows. Nothing like the real thing!

  • Julian

    Re: “This is a Pandora/Spotify crowd. It’s convenience over quality. Music becomes the soundtrack to life and never rises to a foreground activity.”

    I would like give my support to Spotify… They have given me access to 350 Classical Piano albums that I could have never afforded ($4000USD?), which I listen to as a foreground activity. With new releases appearing each month.

    Soon, I may to swop to Tidal with their CD or higher quality, once they offer offline support for the MAC.

    Perhaps, Spotify will do so this also…

    So, given the choice between hearing ‘something’ or ‘nothing’, I chose ‘something’, knowing the higher quality is on its way…

    • Admin

      There will always be a tradeoff between access and quality. If you’re OK with the sound of the 350 classical Pianl albums, then go for it.


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