Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday January 16, 2016

Can Hi-Res Streaming Improve The Reputation Of Digital Audio?

Do you believe that digital recordings are inferior? I’d like to think that the differences have more to do with modern mixing practices rather than technical limitations.

Digital technology has never been a true friend to audio. After all, digital sampling slices and dices. That’s fine for visual images, which stand still in time. It’s fine for movies, which have always had a "frame rate." But audio is a continuous phenomenon. Digital technology’s need to sample music at some specific rate and then recompose it into something that sounds like one continuous thing is necessarily a compromise. Add compression algorithms to the story, and we’re no longer listening to music, but a simulation of music designed to fool the ear into filling in the missing frequencies.