Beyond the sound of things, and into the soul of things.

Beyond the sound of things, and into the soul of things.

Hi-res audio blows MP3s and AAC files out of the water. Essential data is lost when you listen to music via MP3 files because of the lossy compression that makes these files smaller. High-Resolution Audio can replicate the whole range of sound that the artist created when recording the content. Sony understands the importance of preserving the originality of music, which is why we’ve developed Hi-Res Audio products that allow audiophiles (like you) to listen to music in the best sound quality.

I listened to a file that I had downloaded in WAV which is a higher resolution than FLAC; this was Santana "Abraxas", an LP I bought in 1970, and since that time, have worn out many copies; to say I know every note on that LP is an understatement.

When I compared that file to my pristine LP, it was first in the lineup. As I listened, "It just doesn't get any better than this," I thought.

Now it was time for the LP; as the wax spun, I was floored on the first note; it was so definitive; after that keyboard intro, Santana's guitar just hung in the air, followed by the banging notes on the keyboard again, and then those unforgettable chimes; "Singing Winds and Crying Beasts" is the most perfect instrumental ever; IMO.

While the Hi-Res sounded good, the LP in my room felt good; I was flooded with all the memories I had experienced with this music playing in the background. Does anyone remember "Black Lights"; they made ladies legs glow in the dark when they wore certain kinds of stockings, what a scintillating sight.

So many colorful memories of my misspent youth passed before me as I listened, if only I could misspend them again. That's what the LP did for me; it regenerated my soul with it's soul; LP's have life, digital is the sound after it has been stripped of it's life.


Can you relate to the "Soul" of things?


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Every medium has it’s own shortcomings. While tape has provided us with the bulk of our music recordings, that medium’s shortcomings are made crystal clear (no pun intended ;-) when compared to a direct-to-disk LP. Doug Sax made "safety copy" tape recordings from the same mixing desk console feed simultaneously with his d-2-d LP’s for his Sheffield Labs label releases, and the contrast is startling. As is the sound of those discs! I’ve never heard a tape recording with the immediacy, presence, transparency, and dynamics as a d-2-d LP played on a superior table/arm/cartridge.

But recording direct-to-disk is completely impractical for general use; an entire LP side has to be performed live, start to finish. A musician plays a bum note? A singer goes flat, or misphrases? Too bad. No "punching in", no overdubs, no remixing, no nuthin’!

Yeah tomic, Richard Thompson is one of the greats! Writes, sings, and plays guitar like no one else. I didn't catch up with him until his Shoot Out The Light album with Linda, but that album so knocked me out I got all his previous albums, and those of Fairport Convention when he was a member. He's one of those artists whose every album is, if not a must buy, at least a should buy.

Speaking of trying not to cry, Richard is a member of the gang paying tribute to Levon Helm at the 2012 Americana Awards Ceremony, performing "The Weight". Other participants are also amongst my favorite artists: Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, and Booker T. 

They made the gatefold cover of The Steve Miller Band's Children Of The Future album look great. Never liked strobe lights though; they made playing a fretted instrument on stage difficult!
There are now Black Light bulbs, shaped just like an incandescent. I'm gettin' one, but no acid ;-0 .
My kinda gal, Liz ;-) . I had one like you (she loved Lucinda Williams, Memphis Minnie, Dave Edmunds, and The Plimsouls---hip, man), then she got back into ’erb in her late-40’s, and it ruined her. I can’t stand being around potheads. No offense dudes!