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MCU symphony, extreme mics, car tape decks, lossless audio

Rich Pell
2/23/2011 05:23 PM EST

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kendallcp
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kendallcp   3/18/2011 6:22:53 PM
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Guttenberg's lossless article seems rather lossy to me. I don't doubt that he heard what he heard, but (a) "to my ears" isn't an objective assesment and (b) I'm certain that no apples were compared to nominally identical apples in that test, whatever Guttenberg thinks. Lossless audio compression gives you back exactly the bits you had to start with, just like other forms of data compression you use every day on your PC and on the internet. A file compare will return no difference (unless the process failed, and that doesn't count). Those files will be as identical as electrons. And if you burn two CDs, one with a file that wasn't processed, and one with a file that was processed, there is no machine and no ear/brain/soul combination that can tell the difference _on average_ (two CDs burned with the_same_ file can sound and measure different, but this is nothing to do with the data). Now, if the hardware that's doing the work causes system-level changes in clocking structure, spurious signals or whatever, when you execute the lossless decompression then for sure an experienced listener can pick that up. But it is not the fault of the compression scheme, only of the inadequately robust implementation of the sample replay mechanism. All Guttenberg's introductory comments about the rotten quality of over-processed modern material are spot on, but this doesn't excuse the lapse at the end.

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robert.rich   2/24/2011 6:57:41 PM
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Well then, suppose I should pay a little closer attention next time before asking silly questions. :)

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rpell2   2/24/2011 6:07:35 PM
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The link to the CNET blog post is hyperlinked in the article. Just click on "Lossless vs. compressed audio."

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robert.rich   2/24/2011 5:36:14 PM
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Can you post a link to the CNET blog you're referring to? I'm curious about this view of audiophiles.

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