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Hi Steve:

THANKS for posting this link. I totally agree with Bob Ludwig that listener fatigue from this 
toothpasted garbage is a factor in declining music sales. This "make it louder" is a plague. You'd 
think that the higher-ups at the record companies would realize by now that their tin-eared 
underlings who lean on mastering engineers are WRONG and this stuff sounds TERRIBLE both in earbuds 
and especially over highly-process FM radio (see Bob Orban's white paper on why toothpaste-mastered 
material then processed by an Orban unit results in unlistenable garbage).

The discussion of MP3 lossy encoding is interesting, too. The U-MN guy is just wrong about lossy 
being "indistinguishable," even at bitrates like 320kbps. I would submit that ANYONE with good 
hearing and decent playback equipment will be able to reliably tell the difference between un-lossy 
source and MP3 lossy encoding.

All in all, these technologies (digital toothpasting and a profusion of lossy formats) have been a 
plague on recorded music. Fidelity does matter with almost all forms of music. It's an insult to the 
artists to consume their work in a junk format when a full-fidelity format is readily available.

Of course many other factors have led to the implosion of the music business, but I strongly believe 
that the degradation of typical fidelity available to the consumer has helped the process along.

-- Tom Fine

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] The Loudness Wars - NPR story


> Thought others would enjoy hearing/reading.
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> _http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122114058&sc=nl&cc=mn-
> 20100102_
> (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122114058&sc=nl&cc=mn-20100102)
>
> Steve Ramm
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