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You know, and I know, but they don't know... So keep your mouth shut!
Everyone knows MP3s can sound poor if used inappropriately, but equally it is also capable of extremely good results if used properly. The mistake was allowing the 'suits' to insist on stupidly low bit rate options in the first place.
However, most music sounds poor because of the ludicrous use of peak normalisation and over-compression and linear 24/96 files won't change that at all.
As we have discussed here before, 24 bit source material is entirely pointless in any kind of domestic situation and I can absolutely guarantee that not one Pono track will utilise the theoretical 141dB signal-noise ratio offered by the format. 16 bit is actually entirely adequate and I look forward to analysing some of these tracks when they are released to prove that fact!
The 96kHz sampling thing I have a little more time for -- it would overcome the inherent compromises of the mass-market use of half-band converter filters which can result in aliasing artefacts, for example.
But I suspect the real drive of this is to get the record labels to remaster material in a more delicate and sympathetic way which will make it sound infinitely better at a stroke...
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Hugh Robjohns wrote:But I suspect the real drive of this is to get the record labels to remaster material in a more delicate and sympathetic way which will make it sound infinitely better at a stroke...
The words nail and crumpet spring to mind
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