CD / Studio vs. Live Recordings / Concerts

A lot could be said about the pros and cons of concerts or live recordings vs. listening to CDs / studio recordings. I remember endless discussions many years ago with friends, around the quality of audio reproduction, stereo equipment, etc. — and I remember one friend who would typically kill any such discussion with the argument “You know, for me, nothing beats a live concert experience!”, at which point it made no sense to carry the discussion any further. However,…


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Radio vs. Digital vs. “Real Music”

(…) In my direct comparison I was amazed to hear how much the channel separation, as well as the dynamic range, suffered in the radio broadcast: Channel separation: my impression was that there is about as much difference between “CD stereo” and “radio stereo” as there is between the latter and a mono recording: the spatial width and resolution were clearly reduced on the radio. Also the dynamic range was clearly more limited…


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From Local Music into the Cloud?

(…) Sure, the signs can be read off the wall everywhere: there is a trend towards computing and storage in the cloud — and frankly, it makes a lot of sense to me! Why should humanity store Exabytes (or have we already surpassed Zettabytes?) of information on thousands of millions of computers, including a zillion duplicates…


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My Digital Music Collection

(…) In the title I used “digital music collection” — this is a more accurate description, for two reasons: not all this music was bought in the form of CDs — some of these were MP3 or equivalent purchases, plus, the CDs for me are more of an archival medium — the active part of the collection is in my computer…


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