If I wanted to know what you are asking,I would email Gordon@Wavelength or Steve@Empirical and start at the source and work out from there to a place like this......maybe you have........good luck,Bob
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The mass consumer is more concerned about how many songs they can put on their ipod/phone then the quality of sound. Anything higher than 16/44.1 will have a hard time gaining any traction in the future unfortunately. Distribution is going download style with artwork and inserts available on-line. Truly sad in a way.
there are some older technology players and dacs which can compete with vinyl. in particular a 1990's naim cd-x i heard i preferred to most vinyl set-ups.
i also find some of the earlier aad 16 bit cds more musical than some of the higher resolution formats. 96/192 is not the answer.
bring back 1/2 inch 35 ips reel to reel tape.
You might want to investigate the latest technology from Reference Recordings with respect to their latest concept and I might add ..HRx releases.
This new technology available on DVD-R playing through a Windows XP desktop fitted with a Lynx AES 16 card and fed to a Berkeley Alpha DAC has caught the attention of Alan Taffel and Harry Pearson of The Absolute Sound April / May edition.
The website www.referencerecordings.com under the HRX section discusses this in more detail.I am moving forward purchasing the DAC and a dedicated desktop for this.
This is music sourced from uncompressed bit-perfect copies of 176.4/24 mastertapes.
PC based downloads seem to be the best bet for hi-rez music. I had big hopes for bluray but there seems to be a limiting factor with hdmi because it will always be linked with video wich we all know is bad for pure audio. Charles Hansen of Ayre says the big mistake was not having a seperate clock for audio with hdmi.
I bet hdmi still sounds better than Dolby Digital and maybe even CD, just not quite to the standard of dvda or sacd. Maybe one way around it might be anolog outs on a quality bluray player. I still think it will be PC/Mac for 2 channel.
when it comes to physical media SACD is definitely it, if you're interested in PC audio, hi-rez PCM downloads are best option IMO.
Personally I prefer SACD's because they are cheaper than downloads and have both Hi-rez layer which I can play on my main system, and low resolution layer I can play on my portable player.
MP3 will not be as ubiquitous for much longer for the following reasons:
1. The concept of "high definition" has greater penetration among consumers thanks to high-definition televisions, video game consoles, blu-ray and the 2009 digital transition.
2. Manufacturers of portable music players will inevitably need to pitch new generations of devices to consumers. As small profile hard drives increase in capacity and cost/megabyte, manufacturers will inevitably brand their players as "HD" and introduce higher bit rate downloads to justify the larger storage capacity.
Sorry I meant decrease in cost/megabyte, meaning storage is getting cheaper and cheaper. This trend will probably continue indefinitely. At a certain point, to justify the sale of newer, larger capacity players, companies like Apple will discover they have an interest in offering files above 44.1KHz.