This also scales to making audio available online. It is a HUGE step backwards to use a junky lossy
format. The quality of most historic audio downloads and streams online is worse than all but the
worst duped cassettes, very limited frequency bandwidth, full of digi-swishies, distorted and
grainy, etc. This might have been acceptable in the age of 95% dialup access and $300 for a 30-meg
hard drive, but no longer! It's bad enough that most listening is done on earbuds or tiny computer
speakers, the source material needs to be much better.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Playback on contemporary machines (was Send me a kiss by wire, baby my
heart's on fire!
> Hello Richard
> On 27/07/08, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>> Hello, Mark and Jim and Shiffy,
>> I think it's important that we reinforce the lesson of playing
>> magnetic media on the best available equipment. While there are times
>> when playing a tape on the machine that recorded it will provide the
>> sound that the producer originally heard and intended, in most
>> instances, playing a magnetic recording on a high-end, late-model
>> (but not necessarily last-model) machine will provide superior
>> results. This means that Shiffy's one-off device is probably the best
>> device to reproduce a wire, and it means a small handful of the best
>> tape machine models should be chosen and preserved for playing tapes.
>> I won't bother enumerating those models here, as I think that list is
>> The philosophical approach that works for me, and I suggest that
>> everyone consider, is that machine perturbations are additive.
> I think this is a key point in audio generally.
> I often see it stated that such-and-such is a poor recording, so there
> is no point in playing it on good equipment. The contrary is the case.
> If a recording is bad, its faults are already near the limit of what is
> tolerable. Add the faults of a mediocre playback system, and you are
> over the limit. Use a system with the absolute minimum of noise,
> mechanical problems and
> distortion, and at least you can hear what there is to be heard.
> Don Cox
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