I even play their own LPs for the local rock bunch through good speakers in
a normal sized room. They now want them.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Brylawski" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The "dumbing down" of Downloaded Recordings
> Two comments on Jim's thoughts and the responses.
> First, classical music sales are reported to be quite healthy. A
> article on classical music and the web appeared in the New Yorker last
> On sound quality, my own informal observations are that the audiophile
> community has always been relatively small, i.e., a minor market force. I
> think that there have been or are a number of web sources for
> less-compressed, or non-compressed files, but demand is not mandating an
> expansion of resources. Perhaps the sophistication of video sound systems
> will create new markets for higher-fi. Somewhat related, it is heartening,
> to me, to observe the success of the Met Opera's HiDef movie theater
> But, looking at the long history of audio technology in the marketplace, I
> think that you'll find that convenience more than fidelity drives the
> market. Cylinder champions claim that that format sounds better than
> Yet double-sided flat things, easy to store, won that first (?) battle of
> the formats. Portable radios, cassettes, CDs, ipods, and podcasts continue
> the trend. Satellite radio lets you have it both ways, but most people
> aren't all that interested in the quality of the reproduction and listen
> regular auto and boom box speakers.
> What can ARSC members do? Show their friends the difference, see that
> original masters are properly preserved, and buy the good stuff, I guess.