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9 thoughts on “Hi-Res Audio Pavilion at CES 2017

  • December 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Re: HI Res Audio Pavillion.
    Seems to me that until enough interested people notice the emperor’s clothes, this will go on. But it also seems that not too many people care whether what they listen to is hirez, lorez or medium rez. At least my children and grandchildren don’t. Ages 12 to 51.
    I wonder. Are people buying the expensive DAPS and headphones because it’s trendy?

    • December 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

      The audiophile world is full of expensive tweaks for those who get into it and have the money. Great sound is largely dependent on having a great recording, a great set of speakers, and a great room to listen in.

      • December 17, 2016 at 1:12 am

        You nailed it here. Recording quality puts limits on what is possible at the source.
        Speakers are your next possible bottleneck and where money on the consumer end should be spent. Finally a great room, if the speakers can’t be accommodated by the room you loose the possible benefits. Everything else, and I do mean EVERYTHING else is a piece of cake today. Get recording, speakers and room right and you have it.

  • December 15, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Just a quick idea to make it more fun:

    Why don’t they have attendees in this mock studio environment climb the brickwall – a little made up red brickwall with some kind of waveform spray painted on it – and the first one to reach 0dbFS (“the top”) wins a Sony high-res DAP!

    I think it would be both loads of fun and educational. Who’s with me?

  • December 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Hi Mark, happy holidays. So far, The Hi-Res thing has buried itself in more ways than it’s worth discussing. The typical consumer is delighted to stream Tidal, because it sounds nice and is easy to access. Just the fact that one has to purchase and load j-river is enough to offput the majority from checking out hi-res. The process of searching and obtaining the material is way too labyrinthian for most folks. So much for hoping folks would hear the difference and get positively excited again about music.
    The combination of vinyl and hi-res is also a strange path to take, to say the least, IMO.

    • December 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Happy Holidays Craig.

  • December 15, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! A Snake Oil convention for fools. I just read an article somewhere about how analog was making such a big yuuuuuge comeback with sales of LPs and record players tripping over each other for market share. As W C Fields said there’s one born every minute.

  • December 16, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I get the feeling so called Hi res or hi def is a solution looking for a problem. At the current state of the art, development of technologies with greater bandwidth and dynamic range is a no brainer as the hardware to implement it becomes cheaper and cheaper all the time. The question is whether or not it is of any real value and whether that value is only of interest to a small niche market when most of the market is satisfied with mp3, iphones, and ear buds.

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in what Sony champions. Let’s not forget that Betamax failed even though it was a superior product compared to VHS. Sony’s SACD hasn’t been a smashing success either. .

    • December 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      “get the feeling so called Hi res or hi def is a solution looking for a problem.”
      A serious problem does exist, lack of sales in all segments of High Fidelity gear..
      Reasons to get folks to spend some money and trade off their 15+ y.o. kit has to
      be invented if a real reason doesn’t exist.
      So you come up with this thing call High Definition Audio and slap some HDA Ready
      stickers on everything from the power cords-USB cables up and everyone makes a
      lot of money.

      Not saying HDA is worthless, Mark has detailed the recording path needed to get a SQ
      file worthy of some expenditure. But most the recent marketing has been totally snake-oil

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