If there’s one thing in audio that enrages me more than any other, it would have to be the so-called ‘Compressed Music Enhancers’ that manufacturers are building into their products. Talk about putting lipstick on a pig!
Maybe it was a bit late in the day, or maybe it was just because it was Apple, but I suddenly found myself annoyed with Apple for its temerity in using the word ‘radio’ to describe its new iTunes service
Ya gotta love the hi-fi industry. After inventing and popularising a format that delivered the best sound the great majority of consumers had ever experienced in their own homes*, the self-same industry has been driving sound quality backwards ever since.
I am completely baffled by the trend for headphone manufacturers to have celebrities endorse their products. First, I am baffled by some of the so-called ‘celebrities’ chosen. For example, while Tim Lincecum may be a household name in the US, I am not sure that anyone in Australia has any idea who he is. But even if I did know who he was, why would I think that a baseball pitcher has any idea of what headphones should sound like?
It turns out that loud music isn't only bad for your hearing: it also adversely affects your sense of taste, which is bad news if you eat in noisy restaurants...
It’s difficult to believe that there was a time when no-one knew what they sounded like, because although audio recording has been around for more than a century, few ‘ordinary’ people had access to sound recorders.
I have to take my hat off to all those hi-fi retailers who are still in business, because it’s a tough out there... so anyone who’s still in hi-fi retail in Australia is doing it because they love it.
As David Hannum said, ‘there’s a sucker born every minute’ so if you’re going to depend on someone else’s opinion about a piece of hi-fi equipment, do take the time to work out whether the opinion of that person is something you’d like to put any credence in.
You might be surprised to learn that I have real difficulty coming to terms with the concept of what the term ‘value for money’ might mean.
This month, I’m going to talk about music piracy, because this, too, has many ramifications. One Melbourne rock band was so upset about people ‘pirating’ their music that they released an album that could not be played at all, just so no-one could copy it!
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