The pundits are wrong. High-end sales are not in decline. They've never been better. The contrary is true. Hi-end sales are stronger than they've ever been.
I hate to break it to you fans, but Johnnie Ray is dead, and most so-called ‘hi-res’ tracks are not ‘hi-res’ at all, but rather a complete waste of your money and Internet bandwidth
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.
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