For a while now engineers have had to mix for crappy laptop speakers, ipods ear destroying open back budphones, and lower rate online formats like myspace and other 128kbit sites. I guess it's a sign of the times and while this may infuriate and annoy some I can't wait for the next format to arrive and the MP3 was better arguments to start. I can just imagine them justifying their taste by making reference to the stereo smearing, added noise, phase distortion,and reduced top end as what made MP3 special....
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Do you prefer the sound of MP3's over wavs?
Appearently each new generation of juves prefers the sizzling sound of MP3 a little more than the last. Pumping rawk, hip-hop and pop all benifit from the stereo smearing, reduced top end and added noise that MP3 gives a thing. Johnathon Berger, professor of music at Stanford, gives enrolling students an informal blind test to see which formats they prefer. He has them listen to a variety of recordings which use different formats from MP3 to ones of much higher quality. "He described the results with some disappointment and frustration, as a music lover might, that each year the preference for music in MP3 format rises." - read the rest of the article HERE.