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Hifi - What I got out of that part of the conversation is that they would like to have the 40s - 60s recording methods and attention to detail back, and that the fact that nobody cares about the quality anymore is what's ruining modern recordings.
The one guy with the big gray beard touched on the fact that iPods are exposing more people to more music and that that is a good thing, but to me that point seemed like it was lost. I would have also added that many people get a lot of satisfaction out of their ear buds, or their modest systems (like I have). I got the impression from most on the panel that they felt if you don't have a system that sounds real and if you don't listen with the lights out while doing absolutely nothing else then the joy of the music is lost to you. I'm not sure I agree this applies to everyone. I have a teenage son that is way more into music than I was at his age, even though I listened a lot (no Xbox, etc. back then). The iPod and iTunes have a heck of a lot to do with that.
Yes,they covered a lot of territory on the discussion.I guess what I was getting at was Mike Fremer getting a real kick out of the quality of the old tv audio part.He enjoys a lot of old recordings like a lot of others and myself do,but not enough to support getting that kind of quality back then that a lot of people didn't,and still don't enjoy.Like the one man(from Sony I believe)said,it all comes down to profit. The small disc on the shelf taking less space.There was a recent thread on downloading music.If I remember right,the OP, or someone on the thread acted like putting all of your music on a hard drive without any cd,or vinyl was a great thing.I myself like to have a cd or record as the source and insurance that it won't crash or disappear.I sure don't want to see the market go that way.Your system will show what some of those tube day recordings,with 2-3 mikes,and no digital gear in the path did.They had some awesome recordings from those days.I don't have a iPod yet,but I have an idea of what they sound like.I hope some kind of cd/sacd disc at least stays around.The quality of audio in the future from the discussion seems to have them all wondering what the public will choose.Hopefully it will give us some nice recordings to still choose from that isn't all compressed and bland sounding.I listen to headphones too,and they do reveal the difference.I've bought so many bad recordings over the past decades and still have some hope at getting a good one now and then.Lets hope the industry helps steer the public into choosing something good enough to keep us audio people happy too!
"Lets hope the industry helps steer the public into choosing something good enough to keep us audio people happy too! "
Hifi - The comments from one of the last people to ask questions (not on the panel but in the audience) gave me hope. He said that Apple et al will drive hi rez downloads because they'll make super hi capacity iPods and most people will not have enough music to fill them up (so they won't need to buy them). He suggested that Apple will say "Hey, you need to but Hi Rez versions, and we have just the product to hold it all." And of course Apple will have just the store to download from.
Sebrof,I at least learned one thing from this video,don't be shocked when I go to buy a new cd and the store is closed,or the shelf is empty.In the 80's,it was strange walking into the record store to see all the records gone.Nothing but the little jewel box's sittng there making the store look empty.I had no choice about it being time to buy a cd player.The day may come about having to buy a iPod.