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13 thoughts on “Fixing Hi-Res Audio/Music in 10 Steps

  • July 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Great job! You gave the industry practical and common sense advice to sincerely help all consumers to enjoy recorded music at a greater level.

    I hope everyone appreciates your focus on the music purchaser/customer.

    I think there are lessons in the transition to HDTV – there was some out of pocket expense for a new TV or set top box, but there was no increase in monthly fees to view the new and improved HDTV content.

    Recorded music should be the same way. Sell a better quality product for the same price (there is no significant extra cost for production of it!) and sell more music! More sales at the same price means more profit! Customers, once educated will appreciate the technical advances in recording. Everyone is happy! Well — maybe :).

  • July 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Kudos on this 10 Point list Mark. If it were implemented, it would succeed.

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks…one can only hope.

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  • July 31, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I would suggest that # 4 be changed to original source or something similar. Since a lot of CDs were made from analog tapes some could say the source was a CD when it was actually a tape.

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:20 am

      A correct provenance of a hi-res transfer would identify the source format of the session tape. Saying a new release came from a CD wouldn’t be accurate, you’re right.

  • July 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hello Mark. The push for higher quality sound will have to come from the young people in the business. If Taylor Swift announced her next studio project would be recorded at 24/96 and made available for downloading and Blu-ray audio, as well as regular cd, we would see a rush of young musicians moving in that direction. Nothing more than a two paragraph statement proclaiming to use the best available practice would do it. Without young people this is nothing more than a luxurious hobby. Thanks for your work.

    Robert Buckner

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Maybe…Taylor Swift has legions of fans but here engineering team would never make a record that has fidelity. It wouldn’t sound right to her fans.

  • July 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I find it interesting that Emotiva continues to basically ignore DSD in their digital products. I purchased their top of the line Stealth DC-1 DAC a few months ago and it has no DSD support at all. (But sounds wonderful playing back all my PCM files from 16/44 to 24/192, I love it!) The new Big EGO and Little EGO DACS just released a few weeks back also do not support DSD and neither does their top of the line $2500.00 XMC-1 Pre/Pro. I never read on their forums any statement as to any feelings on the DSD issue but find it somewhat surprising (and I applaud them) for continuing to ignore DSD.

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

      I am friends with the CEO of Emotiva. I can’t say we’ve talked about DSD vs. PCM but I know he’s a smart guy. I didn’t know that they’ve made the right decision about DSD. I’ll have to ask him.

      • August 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        Let me make a correction here,
        “True DSD Playback
        The XMC-1 offers audiophile quality playback of DSD audio (when received via HDMI from an
        SACD or a DSD audio file), which bypasses all processing for the most accurate audio rendition
        Comes from the XMC-1 owners manual though not mentioned anywhere in the units specs on the website?

        AFAIK the brand new Large and Small EGOs do not support DSD but again I’m going by the manufactures listed specs

        • August 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

          Thanks for the additional information.

  • July 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I’m a little more optimistic on HDAs future than you Mark.
    As time passes and technology improves the cost of supplying HDA to the masses will drop. The only marketing leverage the labels and suppliers will have is better sound quality and price. With tech like MQA it will be possible to
    stream at HRA speeds and downloads will require less hard drive capacity. I can see a day where having multiple formats like MP3 Std def, and High def becomes more costly than necessary and the industry just standardizes on something like 24/96 or 192 and drop the price to something close to MP3 downloads now.
    A guy can hope. 🙂

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