October 19, 2009
Bit Compare

It seems a vaguely scientific test has revealed most people can in fact tell the difference between awful sound and not-quite-as-awful sound. That is not, of course, how they're pitching it, but my "yes, actually, there is a reason hi fi sounds good" interpretation is just as valid.

Me? Oh I can't stand any of it. All the music download sites I've ever messed with have been unbearable, so bad I've never really bothered to try and hook them up to my main rig. If they ever mainstream a lossless system, I'll be there with bells on. Otherwise, I'll be sticking with my oh-so-20th-century CDs for the duration.

Posted by scott at October 19, 2009 06:03 PM

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w'hang on, you're saying that lossy compressed formats sound bad and so you'll stick with COMPACT DISCS? It's like you're saying "I hate cities and that's why I live in Detroit".

Posted by: DensityDuck on October 21, 2009 07:22 PM

Ah, geeze, not this crap again. Don't even get me started...

Anyway, what I like most of all are SACDs, but the format just barely caught on, and it's hard to find even popular classic titles in the format. There does seem to be a hi-def music standard in the blu-ray catalog, but I'm not sure if anyone's producing anything in it.

Posted by: scott on October 21, 2009 08:12 PM

I think setting up a double blind test to see if you can tell the difference would be very interesting...

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on October 21, 2009 08:28 PM
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