Two replies for the price of one (Rich's hearing aids and surround sound):
Rich, how many kids have this kind of education from their parents? I
guess close to zero. Most kids, and this has been checked by numerous
studies hurt their hearing at a much younger age than we did, and we
were a noisy bunch (YES, GD, Duran Duran, etc). My kid knows to take
care of his ears but most of his class mates (2ND grade) are clueless.
It also comes from the birthday parties where I am always the only
parent complaining about the high volume. And as much as I hate to say
it, most people couldn't give a rats #@$% about hi fidelity. Let alone
SACD or for that matter vinyl. We are a niche bunch of people.
As for surround setup, I think more people have a "surround in a box"
type of setup, which has a plus in that all speakers are the same sound.
SACD may not last very long and I will be glad to see plastic delivery
dwindle, but legitimate downloads are gaining higher grips every month
and there are more HD audio downloads today than there were a year or
two ago. I think most labels have realized by now that surround audio
will be a niche market, but even at 5% of the homes (for the sake of
argument) that is a few millions. Not a bad niche. With DSD downloads
and HD (192kHz) downloads that cost 0 for distribution (no pressing,
booklets, packing, shipping, etc), even small label can earn a nice sum
from a small sale. And we are the winners in this because we have more
to choose from.
Back to my cave to enjoy the flu
בתאריך 07/11/12 9:49 PM, ציטוט Richard L. Hess:
> On 2012-11-07 1:33 PM, Roderic G Stephens wrote:
>> We understand what you're saying, and with the high audio levels that
>> younger listeners are being exposed to (self-imposed), better sound
>> isn't important, because they probably can't hear or want the
>> difference. From what I've read, damage to the ears is happening more
>> and more from that kind of listening.
> What ? ? ?
> Could you please repeat that?
> Seriously, my sons have learned the need to carry earplugs with
> them--even to the garage/basement jam session!
> They get it...and the best thing we did in that regard was tour the
> Churchill Falls Hydro-electric Generating Station in 2010--they gave
> us each a really nice set of earplugs because of occupational safety
> laws. While it was loud, it wasn't rock-band loud. Of course, they are
> looking at 8-hour exposure for employees. But it was hard to
> communicate with the guide in the generator hall (5500 MW in 11
> turbines). All four of us wore them at the ManOwaR concerts in
> Cleveland two years ago...and what was cool was everything sounded
> right--the DAS sound system was not clipping--it was just LOUD!
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